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A Cybernetic Development of Theories of Epistemology and Observation, with reference to Space and Time, as seen in Architecture

A Cybernetic Development of Theories of Epistemology and Observation, with reference to Space and Time, as seen in Architecture

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This doctoral thesis deals with a question that is central to second order cybernetics, and indeed, other world views that assume difference in what is seen by each individual observer. If the observer is always present, and if each observer is different, what sort of structure would support this presence and this difference, while allowing us to believe that we observe "the same thing". In the thesis I propose a formulation and a structure, based on self-observation, which generates a logic of observational connection, and means of communication, —representation and conversation. It is presented in a terse, elegiac, aphoristic, poetic form, with a parallel text of footnotes. It is illustrated with studies of how we understand the city, 6 short stories and a piece of music: and is summarised in 16 limerick poems.

I prefer the alternative, original title, The Object of Objects, the Point of Points,—or Something about Things.
This doctoral thesis deals with a question that is central to second order cybernetics, and indeed, other world views that assume difference in what is seen by each individual observer. If the observer is always present, and if each observer is different, what sort of structure would support this presence and this difference, while allowing us to believe that we observe "the same thing". In the thesis I propose a formulation and a structure, based on self-observation, which generates a logic of observational connection, and means of communication, —representation and conversation. It is presented in a terse, elegiac, aphoristic, poetic form, with a parallel text of footnotes. It is illustrated with studies of how we understand the city, 6 short stories and a piece of music: and is summarised in 16 limerick poems.

I prefer the alternative, original title, The Object of Objects, the Point of Points,—or Something about Things.

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Published by: ranulph on Sep 30, 2009
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A CYBERNETICDEVELOPMENTOFEPISTEMOLOGYANDOBSERVATION,APPLIEDTOOBJECTS INSPACE ANDTIME(AS SEEN INARCHITECTURE).A ThesissubmittedforthedegreeofDoctorofPhilosophyintheDepartmentofCybernetics,atBrunel University,Kingston Lane,UXBRIDGE,Middlesex.
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