Dotzler, Bernhard (1996) Demons—magic—cybernetics : On the introduction to natural magic as told by Heinz von Foerster. Systems Research 13 (3), pp. 245-250.
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This paper concerns von Foerster's interest in magic practices in former times as well as his observation of new kinds of demons, especially that demon which is acknowledged to be the paradigm for regulation: Maxwell's demon. Von Foerster called it the patron saint of cybernetics; however, von Foerster, who is the patron saint of the cybernetics of cybernetics, was playing the magician himself. More specifically, the principle of order from noise can be proved to be the result of a certain demonic action which this paper will attempt to elucidate.
|Additional information (public):||Journal currently known as "Systems Research and Behavioral Science"|
|Institutions:||Languages and Literatures > Institut für Information und Medien, Sprache und Kultur (I:IMSK) > Lehrstuhl für Medienwissenschaft|
|Keywords:||magic; demons; Maxwell's demon; history of computing; cybernetics; technology assessment|
|Subjects:||000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Generalities, Science|
|Created at the University of Regensburg:||Unknown|
|Deposited On:||12 Apr 2012 13:26|
|Last Modified:||12 Apr 2012 13:26|