Publication 2365

Glanville R. (1982) Inside every white box there are two black boxes trying to get out. Behavioural Science 12(1): 1–11. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/2365
The nature of the blackness of a black box (when an observer does not know what is going on inside the black box) and its whiteness (when an observer believes that he knows what is going on inside the black box) is considered and is applied to a description that is built by an observer of that black box. It is shown that while whiteness may be believed to have been reached within a system, such a system, nevertheless, remains black on the outside. This understanding is considered because it sheds light not only on black boxes and knowledge, but also on certain very basic cybernetic and broad psychological concepts.

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