THE CYBERNETICS OF EVOLUTIONARY PROCESSES AND OF SELF ORGANISING SYSTEMS
SYSTEM RESEARCH LTD RICHMOND (UNITED KINGDOM) RICHMOND United Kingdom
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Cybernetics is an art, a technology, a science and a philosophy. Neither the art of effecting control nor the technique of applying this art, is my specialty. But I intend to speak as a Scientist and later as a Philosopher about these other aspects of our discipline. Cybernetics is the science of systems. To-day we shall consider a couple of special but important categories of systems, namely, those that are self organising and those that evolve. First let us be certain what a system is. Perhaps you will excuse a lengthy and rather elementary discussion on this point because mycontentions can readily be misconstrued, and to avoid this we must be quite certain of the meaning given to a word that is so often and so carelessly bandied around, as the word system.