Vancouver May 2001. Cybernetics Conference.

YOU ARE A MANAGER, of YOUR SELF;

A COMPLEX SYSTEM

You know of your existence from that 'stream' of sensations and thoughts constantly available for your attention.
It's a certainty you attend to some and not to others.
Those sensations and thoughts selected and retained
ARE Your Reality!
This constitutes experience; your perception and language
that defines everything you do; Your very Identity.
It's important to re-examine some common words like Information which involve deep epistemological questions of great import for society.

Burl in Hawaii 1999.

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This, existential certainty, whatever the vocabulary or syntax,

is the incontrovertable starting point for each of us.

Everybody has their own unique way of doing this.* There is staggeringdiversity in individual viewpoints.I propose to use Language of sufficient generality and rigor with whichwe can assess all Human beings and any organization whatsoever.

I believe our time is short but the data available in 1996 is sufficient to make explicit moves toward 'that' organizationfor coordinating a viable Global consensus at two levels:
[1] What it Means to be Human.
[2] Planetary Policy for optimal Human living conditions.

A rather big order; but I must start somewhere.

Some of my reference points are: Gregory Bateson, Humberto Maturana, Heinz vonFoerster, Ernst von Glasersfeld, Ross Ashby and Klaus Krippendorff.

*While each individual has unique characteristics, I assert that we have only two or three important categories within which our lives can be expressed. ....

This is a great essay on constructivism, from a site in Greece.

Some Links.


  1. On Constructing "A" reality. What humans all share is the ability to generate "A" reality.
  2. An important essay in March of 2000.
  3. A start on a biography of Burl Grey.
  4. Constructivism links
  5. Cybernetics Source, Intro. with Links
  6. Ethics and Second Order Cybernetics.
  7. Evolution, Complexity and Philosophy
  8. Autopoiesis & Enaction;(Constructivism)
  9. Cybernetics & Human Knowing, Magazine
  10. Without Miracles
  11. Consciousness & Explanations, W. Calvin
  12. The Feeling of What Happens, Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness.
  13. Review of Terrance Deacon's The Symbolic Species, The co-evolution of brain and language.


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