Posts Tagged ‘Stafford Beer’

4
Jun

Javier Livas’ videos on cybernetics

   Posted by: Bricoleur    in Management Cybernetics

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Javier Livas’ videos on cybernetics in the sequence preferred by the author: all of them in YouTube:

Tags: cybernetics, model, Organization, Stafford Beer, Viable System Model

19
Apr

Decision and Control

   Posted by: Bricoleur    in Books, Books (Cybernetics)

This entry is part 3 of 2 in the series TOE of Organization

Decision and Control: The Meaning of Operational Research and Management Cybernetics (Classic Beer Series) Decision and Control: The Meaning of Operational Research and Management Cybernetics by Stafford Beer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Virtually every major “discovery” trotted out by business authors in the 70s, 80s, 90s, and ’00s that I’ve had the pleasure of reading, upon reflection and returning to this one source, appear to have by “pre-discovered” and their history and importance touched upon at least in passing in this remarkable management classic.

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Tags: Books, control, cybernetics, Stafford Beer

6
Feb

System-Theoretic Reflections

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Books (Cybernetics), cybernetics

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series A Learning Machine
Cybersyn control room, 1972
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“IF YOU WANT TO CREATE A CHANGE, you must challenge not only the models of Unreality, but the paradigms that underwrite them.”  — Stafford Beer

“General system theory, therefore, is a general science of wholeness” — Ludwig von Bertalannfy

Level II

Beer, Stafford, Brain of the Firm, Allen Lane, 1972

Level III

Klir, George J., An Approach to General Systems Theory, Van Nostrand, 1969

Level V

Bertalannfy, Ludwig von, General Systems Theory, George Braziller, N.Y., 1968

Tags: change, complexity, cybernetics, model, models, science, Stafford Beer, Systems, Systems theory

6
Feb

Mathematical Reflections

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Books (Cybernetics), cybernetics

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series A Learning Machine

I have not read any of Stafford Beer’s entries in the Select Bibliography included in The Heart of Enterprise, so cannot make any recommendations on the entries included here at the time this item is added to the series… it will be updated as I move forward with construction of my own “learning machine”

Level II
Varela, Francise J., A Calculus for Self-Reference, Int. J. General Systems 1975, Vol 2. pp5-24, Gordon and Breach

Level III
Spencer-Brown, G., Laws of Form, Allen & Unwin, 1969

Tags: cybernetics, Stafford Beer

6
Feb

Psychological Reflections

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Books (Cybernetics), cybernetics

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series A Learning Machine

I have not read any of Stafford Beer’s entries in the Select Bibliography included in The Heart of Enterprise, so cannot make any recommendations on the entries included here at the time this item is added to the series… it will be updated as I move forward with construction of my own “learning machine”

Level III

Ackoff, R.L. and Emery, F.E., On Purposeful Systems, Aldin-Atherton, NY, 1966

Miller, J.G. Living Systems, McGraw-Hill, 1978

Level IV

Whyte, Lancelot Law, Internal Factors in Evolution, Tavistock Publications, 1965

Tags: cybernetics, Stafford Beer

6
Feb

Biological Reflections

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Books (Cybernetics), cybernetics

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series A Learning Machine
Cybernetics
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Level II

Ashby, W. Ross, An Induction to Cybernetics, Chapman and Hall, 1956

Maturana, Humberto, and Varela, Francisco, Autopoeitic Systems

Powers, William T., Behaviour: The Control of Perception, Aldine, Chicago, 1973

Level III

Sommerhoff, G., Analystical Biology, OUP, 1950

Level IV

Rashevsky, Nicholas, Mathematical Principles in Biology, Charles C Thomas, Illinois, 1961

Waddington, C.H., The Strategy of the Genes, Allen & Unwin,  1957

Level V

Margalef, Ramon, Perspectives in Ecological Theory, University of Chicago, 1968

Tags: autopoiesis, cybernetics, humberto maturana, science, Stafford Beer, Systems theory, w.ross ashby

5
Feb

Viable Systems – A Reading List

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Books (Cybernetics), cybernetics

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series A Learning Machine
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In “The Heart of Enterprise,” one of the classics in the field of management cybernetics, Stafford Beer includes a select bibiography for the Viable System while explaining that a supportive reading list, in a form for which a consensus of cyberneticans could be found, just wasn’t possible.  With this said he went on to construct what looks like a map, but is truly meant as model of a reading list (although as he freely admits, the map remains more artistic in nature than conforming to a scientific statement).

Tags: cybernetics, model, Stafford Beer, systems thinking, VSM

31
Jan

I’ve been feeling a little angry lately…..

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Odds & Sods

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Seeing Red
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“Our milieu is fantastically expanded in every direction and there is crisis on every side. Our horizons for comprehension, for planning, for control, are receding faster than we can conceive. No wonder that I see red: it must be a Doppler effect.”Stafford Beer

Yes, I know the old saw that when you point your finger there are three pointing back at yourself.

Yes, I’ve tried to think in a more forgiving way.

Tags: change, Dogma, feeling, Fundamentalism, Ideology, model, models, Reality, Stafford Beer, teaching

15
Nov

Designing Freedom & The Purpose of Education

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in cybernetics

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Stafford Beer 1926 – 2002

If, as will become the dominant theme of this blog, the Purpose of a System is What it Does ( POSIWID) what does it mean to mankind that so many of our systems appear broken to even unseasoned observers?

Stafford Beer of course had a lot to say on this subject in his many works but one example that often haunts me comes from his work of prose Chronicles of Wizard Prang.

Tags: cybernetics, design, freedom, POSIWID, software, Stafford Beer, Systems

31
Oct

Book Catalog

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in

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I have over 4,000 Books in my personal library. If your are interested I have an Amazon.com “bookstore” where I list a few of the books dealing with Cybernetics in general (and focused on my attempts to come to grips with the nature of viable systems) that have had a profound impact on me.

I’ve also started an online catalog on Goodreads (currently it includes about 1,600 of the books in my library), and I will slowly be trying to get the rest of my collection entered there as time permits.

Tags: Complex Event Processing, computer science, cybernetics, linquistics, math, philosophy, Philosophy of Science, politics, science, Stafford Beer