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Glanville R. (1975) A cybernetic development of epistemology and observation, applied to space and time (as seen in architecture). Unpublished PhD thesis, Brunel University, London. Fulltext at
This Thesis proposes a new epistemological ontology which bas two peculiar characteristics: Objects in its Universe are formulated as being self-observers (i.e. reflexive); and the nature of observation of Objects by others is shown to contain the logic for computing relationships between Objects in the Universe. This Universe is non-hierarchical, and permits of mutually contradictory beliefs about its Objects to be simultaneously held by different observers. The logic by which observers construct hierarchies in the Universe is shown to need only one variable in order to operate, and to operate from the oscillatory nature of the self-observing Objects producing a sense of local time in both observer, and observed Objects; the times of which must temporarily come together for observations to be made. Using these notions of Objects and observations, a means, based on the potential for observers to construct hierarchies, is found for analysing arguments, and (potentially) for the improvement of computer performance. A way is described for the representation of observations of Objects to be made, and a conversational idiom is established to account for communication between different observers. The views put forward in this Thesis are demonstrated by various experiments, stories, and references.


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