Understanding Understanding. Exploring Second-Order Science Fields
Second-order cybernetics, above all, is a way of doing things differently. Operating with the tools and instruments of second-order cybernetics in a particular science field, thus, should produce new and surprising results and insights.
The presentation wants to demonstrate the transformation capacity of second-order cybernetics in a particular area, namely in the field of social research. The lecture will focus on a series of recent investigations in which second-order cybernetics is used to create a new second-order field of analysis. For this purpose ordinary social science concepts like standard of living, social inequality or quality of life are transformed into second-order concepts.
The main part of the presentation is focused on the new and deeper insights which can be gained through this shift to the second-order level and through empirical investigations at a second-order level.
Finally, the presentation will conclude with a series of general conditions that apply to other fields outside the social sciences as well in which such a shift to second-order concepts should produce significant and innovative effects and results.