1st Edition

For the Love of Cybernetics Personal Narratives by Cyberneticians

Edited By Jocelyn Chapman Copyright 2020
    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    For the Love of Cybernetics: Personal Narratives by Cyberneticians is a collection of personal accounts that offer unique insights into cybernetics via the personal journeys of nine individuals.

    For the authors in this collection, cybernetics is not their "area of interest"–it is how they think about what they do, and it is their practice. Ray Ison, Bruce Clarke, Frank Galuzska, Paul Pangaro, Klaus Krippendorff, Peter Tuddenham, Lucas Pawlik, Bernard Scott, and Jocelyn Chapman differ in their lineage, emphasis, and engagement with cybernetics. What they have in common is that they share the belief that cybernetics is not a tool to apply here and there, but a unifying way of seeing the world that transforms how we behave, thus increasing possibilities for positive systemic change.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal, World Futures.

    Introduction: Why Cybernetics? Why Love?, Jocelyn Chapman

    Chapter 1: Toward Cyber-Systemic Thinking in Practice, Ray Ison

    Chapter 2: Finding Cybernetics, Bruce Clarke

    Chapter 3: The League, Frank Galuszka

    Chapter 4: Winky Dink and Me: Origins, Paul Pangaro

    Chapter 5: For the Love of Cybernetics, Peter D. Tuddenham

    Chapter 6: Hack or Die: How Humanity Steers Into Its Post-Digital Future, Lucas Pawlik

    Chapter 7: On Becoming a Cybernetician: Highlights and Milestones, Bernard Scott

    Chapter 8: My Scholarly Life in Cybernetics, Klaus Krippendorff

    Chapter 9: Living and Loving Cybernetics, Jocelyn Chapman


    Jocelyn Chapman, PhD, is a transdisciplinarian with a special interest in cybernetics and systems thinking. She is Director of the Transformative Inquiry Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, California. She also teaches in the online Transformative Leadership MA and Transformative Studies PhD programs at CIIS.