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The Cybernetics Group Steve Joshua Heims The MIT Press Cambridge, Massachusetts London, England Contents Preface vit Acknowledgments xi 1 Midcentury, USA. 1 2 March 8-9, 1946 14 3 Describing “Embodiments of Mind”: McCulloch and His Cohorts 31 4 Raindancer, Scout, and Talking Chief 52 5 Logic Clarifying and Logic Obscuring 90 Problems of Deranged Minds, Artists, and Psychiatrists 115 7 The Macy Foundation and Worldwide Mental Health 164 vi Contents 8 Lazarsfeld, Lewin, and Political Conditions. 180 9 . Gestalten Go to Bits, 1: From Lewin to Bavelas 201 10 Gestalten Go to Bits, 2: Kéhler’s Visit 224 11 Metaphor and Synthesis 248 12 Then and Now 273 Appendix Members of the Cybernetics Group 285 Notes 287 Index 327 \ | !