[iDC] reading list

Khan, Omar omarkhan at ap.buffalo.edu
Fri Sep 1 17:09:36 EDT 2006

I too have been working with many of the texts you cite. Do you know the
following which I found to be incredibly informative especially regards
to your question 2: Dupuy, Jean-Pierre. The Mechanization of the Mind:
On the Origins of Cognitive Science. Princeton University Press.


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> Here's my current reading list (won't necessarily get to all
> of it). Basic or even retro cybernetics, with a few
> prolongations:
> --Norbert Wiener: Cybernetics + The Human Use of Human Beings
> --Shannon and Weaver: Mathematical Theory of Communication
> --Ross Ashby: Introduction to Cybernetics
> --Steve Joshua Heims: The Cybernetics Group + John von
> Neumann and Norbert Weiner (the double biography)
> --Ludwig Von Bertalanffy: General System Theory
> --J.W. Forrester: Industrial Dynamics + Urban Dynamics
> --Paul Edwards: The Closed World
> --Gregory Bateson: Steps to an Ecology of Mind
> --Heinz von Foerster: Understanding Understanding
> --H. Maturana & F. Varela: Tree of Knowledge
> --Felix Guattari: Chaosmosis + Cartographies Schizoanalytiques
> --N. Katherine Hayles: How We Became Posthuman
> --Tiziana Terranova: Network Culture
> Three questions:
> 1. What happens when I make a plane reservation, then go
> through security?
> 2. How did cybernetics become THE applied social science of
> the postwar period?
> 3. Were the most interesting 60s-70s cultural experiments a
> series of second-order revolts against cybernetic systems?
> If so, what were the consequences on those systems?
> All this, to write a text on Guattari's notion of
> overcoding. But also, to develop a more general theory of
> collective art practice at grips with the control society.
> best, Brian
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