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Umpleby S. A. (1992) Strategies for winning acceptance of second order cybernetics. In: Lasker G. E. (ed.) Advances in Human Systems and Information Technologies. International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, Windsor Canada: 97–196. Fulltext at
In the last two decades an intellectual movement associated with the term “second order cybernetics” has taken shape within the systems theory and cybernetics community. The ideas associated with this movement promise to have an important impact on the philosophy of science. However, the ideas have spread slowly. This paper reviews the strategies that have so far been employed in attempts to win acceptance for second order cybernetics. Four strategies are discussed: develop the new point of view; develop applications of the new ideas to show their usefulness; reconstruct the philosophy of science incorporating the new ideas; and contrast the philosophical origins of cybernetics with that of the dominant scientific world view.
George E., et al. (eds.)

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