4th International Conference of Sociocybernetics
SOCIOCYBERNETICS - THE FUTURE OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
- Society from Ancient Greece to Cyberspace and Beyond -

Corfu, Greece, June 30-July 5, 2003

AN APPETIZER


The following four texts are selected to provide a short preview and a basis for discussion at the forthcoming 4th International Conference of Sociocybernetics which is in particular devoted to analyzing the different streams in systems theory, cybernetics, and sociocybernetics and their systematic relations and contributions to the social sciences, i.e. Sociocybernetics - or systems science in sociology and the other social sciences.

Bernard Scott deals with the origins of nowadays sociocybernetics “Second Order Cybernetics: An Historical Introduction”. Kenneth D. Bailey focusses on two particular branches of systems theory and second order cybernetics analyzing “Insider Coding: Congruence in the Theories of Luhmann and Miller”. Johannes van der Zouwen and Johannes H. Smit are concerned with issues of methodology, “Control Processes in Survey Interviews: A Cybernetic Approach”, while Bernd R. Hornung tries a re-interpretation of sociological theory in terms of sociocybernetics with his paper on “Constructing Sociology from First Order Cybernetics - Basic Concepts for a Sociocybernetic Analysis of Information Society -”

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