Kybernetes: Volume 46 Issue 9


The international journal of cybernetics, systems and management sciences

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Reflections on learning as designing

Pille Bunnell

This study aims to explore, illuminate and hence evoke further reflections on the implications of creating and conserving distinctions that inherently act as…

Rehearsing the revolution: theatre as a reflective social practice

Tom Scholte

The purpose of this paper is to explicate the ways in which the practice of the dramatic arts has evolved to facilitate second-order observation of social systems and can…

I, NEURON: the neuron as the collective

Lance Nizami

In the last half-century, individual sensory neurons have been bestowed with characteristics of the whole human being, such as behavior and its oft-presumed precursor…

Systemic emergence under transitional uncertainty: The dynamic role of energy technology innovation

Sanwar Azam Sunny

The purpose of the paper is to set out ideas regarding the use of both first- and second-order cybernetics in reducing global energy-based emissions through energy…


A concise approach to eigenform and reflexivity

Louis H. Kauffman

This paper aims to introduce the concept and praxis for eigenform in the context of second-order cybernetics.

Researcher reflexivity: what it is and what it can be

Hugo Letiche

Second-order cybernetics is explored here as a learning intervention strategy. Researcher reflexivity, both the student’s and the professor’s, that is asserted is crucial…

Changing perspectives in the face of the decolonisation of knowledge at South African public universities: A case for family therapy

Philip Baron

The legacy of colonisation and apartheid in South Africa has resulted in a radical challenge to the public universities. The successful #FeesMustFall campaign that took…

Questions for conversation theory or conversation theory in one hour

Paul Pangaro

In an ideal situation, the author would like to answer each of the following questions: What is Conversation? What is Theory? What is Conversation Theory, anyhow? How did…

A cybernetic perspective on determinability and design research

Thomas Fischer

The scientific criterion of determinability (predictability) can be framed in realist or in constructivist terms. This can pose a challenge to design researchers who…

Beyond the thinking and doing dichotomy: integrating individual and institutional rationality

Stanislas Bigirimana

The purpose of this paper is to introduce a dynamic and integrative epistemology as a substitute to normative epistemology.

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