Mary Catherine Bateson is a writer and cultural anthropologist. She has taught at Harvard, Amherst, Spelman, and George Mason University in the US, and also in Iran and the Philippines. Bateson’s books include With a Daughter’s Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson (1984) and the best-selling Composing a Life (1989). Her most recent book, Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom, appeared in September 2010. She collaborated with Gregory Bateson as rapporteur of his conference on “Conscious Purpose and Human Adaptation” in 1967, published by her as Our Own Metaphor (1972), and on Angels Fear (1987).
Open peer commentary on the article “Second-Order Science: Logic, Strategies, Methods” by Stuart A. Umpleby. Upshot: The evaluation of what (we think) we knew is an urgent and evolving issue. The issues discussed by Umpleby have been raised earlier, particularly in the social sciences. Arguably, in some quarters they are exaggerated. But an awareness of observer effects is of great importance and is greatly enhanced by second-order cybernetics applied more widely as second-order science.
Bateson M. C. (2015) Remembering Ranulph Glanville. Cybernetics & Human Knowing 22(2–3): 19–20.