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Volume 11, Number 3
15 July 2016

Special Issue “Varieties of Contemporary Second-Order Cybernetics”, edited by Alexander Riegler & Karl H. Müller

Cover Art: “Abstracted” © Amytea, 2015 · Acrylics and oil on canvas, 89 x 116 cm

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Dedicated to
Ranulph Glanville (1946–2014)
for his enormous efforts in promoting second-order cybernetics

Table of Contents

Editorial

Mapping the Varieties of Second-Order Cybernetics

Karl H. Müller & Alexander Riegler

Target Article

Second-Order Cybernetics as a Fundamental Revolution in Science

Stuart A. Umpleby

Open Peer Commentaries

Obstacles and Opportunities in the Future of Second-Order Cybernetics and Other Compatible Methods

Allenna Leonard

Connecting Second-Order Cybernetics’ Revolution with Genetic Epistemology

Gastón Becerra

Shed the Name to find Second-Order Success: Renaming Second-Order Cybernetics to Rescue its Essence

Michael R. Lissack

Beware False Dichotomies

Peter Cariani

Second-Order Cybernetics Needs a Unifying Methodology

Thomas R. Flanagan

Viva the Fundamental Revolution! Confessions of a Case Writer

T. Grandon Gill

Author’s Response: Struggling to Define an Identity for Second-Order Cybernetics

Stuart A. Umpleby

Target Article

Cybernetics, Reflexivity and Second-Order Science

Louis H. Kauffman

Open Peer Commentaries

Remarks From a Continental Philosophy Point of View

Tatjana Schönwälder-Kuntze

Finally Understanding Eigenforms

Michael R. Lissack

Eigenforms, Coherence, and the Imaginal

Arthur M. Collings

Conserving the Disposition for Wonder

Kathleen Forsythe

Author’s Response: Distinction, Eigenform and the Epistemology of the Imagination

Louis H. Kauffman

Target Article

Cybernetic Foundations for Psychology

Bernard Scott

Open Peer Commentaries

Wielding the Cybernetic Scythe in the Blunting Undergrowth of Psychological Confusion

Vincent Kenny

To What Extent Can Second-Order Cybernetics Be a Foundation for Psychology?

Marcelo Arnold-Cathalifaud & Daniela Thumala-Dockendorff

The Importance - and the Difficulty - of Moving Beyond Linear Causality

Robert J. Martin

Obstacles to Cybernetics becoming a Conceptual Framework and Metanarrative in the Psychologies

Philip Baron

The Social and the Psychological: Conceptual Cybernetic Unification vs Disciplinary Analysis?

Eva Buchinger

Second Thoughts on Cybernetic Unifications

Tilia Stingl de Vasconcelos Guedes

Cybernetics and Synergetics as Foundations for Complex Approach Towards Complexities of Life

Lea Šugman Bohinc

Author’s Response: On Becoming and Being a Cybernetician

Bernard Scott

Target Article

Consciousness as Self-Description in Differences

Diana Gasparyan

Open Peer Commentaries

On the Too Often Overlooked Complexity of the Tension between Subject and Object

Yochai Ataria

Where Is Consciousness?

Urban Kordeš

Theorizing Agents: Their Games, Hermeneutical Tools and Epistemic Resources

Konstantin Pavlov-Pinus

How Can Meaning be Grounded within a Closed Self-Referential System?

Bryony Pierce

Self-Description Alone Will not Account for Qualia

John Pickering

Consciousness as Self-Description and the Inescapability of Reduction

Sergei Levin

The Non-Relationality of Consciousness

Adriana Schetz

Author’s Response: Phenomenology of the System: Intentionality, Differences, Understanding, and the Unity of Consciousness

Diana Gasparyan

Target Article

Design Research as a Variety of Second-Order Cybernetic Practice

Ben Sweeting

Open Peer Commentaries

Design Cycles: Conversing with Lawrence Halprin

Tom Scholte

Understanding Design from a Second-Order Cybernetics Perspective: Is There a Place for Material Agency?

David Griffiths

What Can Cybernetics Learn from Design?

Christiane M. Herr

Rigor in Research, Honesty and Values

Michael Hohl

Digital Design Research and Second-Order Cybernetics

Mateus de Sousa van Stralen

Cybernetics Is the Answer, but What Was the Conversation About?

Jose dos Santos Cabral Filho

(Architectural) Design Research in the Age of Neuroscience: The Value of the Second-Order Cybernetic Practice Perspective

Andrea Jelić

Author’s Response: Beyond Application

Ben Sweeting

Target Article

“Black Box” Theatre: Second-Order Cybernetics and Naturalism in Rehearsal and Performance

Tom Scholte

Open Peer Commentaries

Audience and Autopoiesis

Bruce Clarke & Dorothy Chansky

“Truthful” Acting Emerges Through Forward Model Development

Bernd Porr

Naturalism in Improvisation and Embodiment

Edgar Landgraf

Opening the Black Box of Minds: Theatre as a Laboratory of System Unknowns

Lowell F. Christy Jr.

Does Second-Order Cybernetics Provide a Framework for Theatre Studies?

Albert Müller

A Theatre for Exploring the Cybernetic

Ben Sweeting

The Many Varieties of Experimentation in Second-Order Cybernetics: Art, Science, Craft

Laurence D. Richards

Author’s Response: “Playing With Dynamics”: Procedures and Possibilities for a Theatre of Cybernetics

Tom Scholte

Editorial

Acknowledgment to Reviewers of Volume 11