Avec un „s“: Histories of Cybernetics
In 1999 French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard published his four volume work “Histoire(s) du Cinéma”, one of the key publications contributing to a developed theory of post-modernism. Godard pretended and presented a version of cinema history (a key media of the 20 century) “with an “s”.
The 50th anniversary of the American Society of Cybernetics seems to be am ideal occasion to draw on the following topics
Is there a significant difference between a North-American development and a European development of cybernetics as a field (that would be the Pickering thesis)?
Is there a significant differentiation among European scientific cultures (e.g. East and West Germany, France or Britain, the Ukraine and Sweden etc)?
Is there a special impact by European (and partly forced) immigration in the context of WW II (the Umpleby-Thesis, as I call it)?
Is there an ignored tradition in the histories of cybernetics?
How could North-American, Asian, and European traditions of cybernetics be related?
What does it make for the ASC to produce an archive that earns its name? What should we do to create it?
- 3) Experimental epistemology; constructivism; philosophy of science
- 9) Social sciences