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Understanding Systems Conversations on Epistemology and Ethics

ISBN-10: 0306467526

ISBN-13: 9780306467523

Edition: 2002

Authors: Heinz Von Foerster

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How real is reality? Are our images of the world mere inventions, or does an external reality correspond to them? Is it possible to know the truth? These are questions that physicist and philosopher Heinz von Foerster and journalist Bernhard Poerksen debate about in their conversations. Together, they explore the borders of our capacity for knowledge. They discuss the seeming objectivity of our sensual perception, the consequences of "truth terrorism" and the connections between knowledge and ethics, sight and insight.
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Book details

List price: $149.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 7/24/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 158
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638

Preface
A Foreword in Three Acts
Images of Reality
Biology of Perception
The representation of the world
We never see the same thing
A short skit
Decision against solipsism
Facets of Truth
Truth means war
The hidden workings of nature
The ethical imperative
Loss of the archimedic point
The metaphor of the dance
The Danger of the Label
Skeptical remarks on Constructivism
An attempt to get around the big words
Explaining the Explanation
Cause and effect
Laws of people and laws of nature
Why Socrates had to die
Trivial and nontrivial machines
The interaction of nontrivial machines
Perspectives in Practice
Teaching
The pupil as a nontrivial machine
"Tests test tests"
From teacher to researcher
Outline of an experiment
Psychotherapy
The distinction between sickness and health
Generating a new eigenbehavior
Learning to see white mice
Management
Thus spake the hierarchy
Thinking heterarchically
The Battle of Midway
Principles of self-organization
Communication
The world contains no information
Hermeneutics of the listener
Realities of the media
Cybernetics
The Fundamental Principle: Circularity
People and Machines
The Computer Metaphor of the Mind
Cybernetics of Cybernetics
We Do not See that We Do not See
All Cretans Lie
Biographical Excursions
Childhood and Youth
The world of Vienna
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Experiences of a magician
The Second World War and the Post-war Period
Survival in Berlin, the capital of the Reich
As "Dr. Heinrich" on the radio
Collective guilt or individual responsibility
A Jump to another World: America
Theory of memory
Beginnings of Cybernetics: The Macy Conferences
The Biological Computer Laboratory
Knowledge and Ethics
Ethics is not a Theory
Decidable and Undecidable Questions
Responsibility for the World
About the Authors