To read this content please select one of the options below:

Remarks on the foundations of cybernetics and cognitive science

Petros A.M. Gelepithis (Cognitive Science Laboratory, Kingston University, Kingston Upon Thames, UK)


ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 1 October 2004



The paper states that cybernetics has failed to live up to its dream as an interdisciplinary field unifying all the phenomena within the vast space of animals and machines. It reminds the reader of the cybernetic dream, the related aspirations in the fields of cognitive science and social theory and the overall aim of the unity of science movement. It briefly argues that ignoring communication and adopting continuous systems as its class of systems for theory construction (CSTC) was bound to lead cybernetics to the abandonment of its dream and points out that cognitive science may well be heading the same way. A proposed conception of communication that is both rich enough to be used as a unifying theoretical construct and general enough to cut across all disciplines studying “communication”. On that basis some major implications are outlined. The paper concludes with a brief note on the impact of our conception of communication on the structure of human society.



Gelepithis, P.A.M. (2004), "Remarks on the foundations of cybernetics and cognitive science", Kybernetes, Vol. 33 No. 9/10, pp. 1396-1410.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Related articles