The Dream of Reality: Heinz von Foerster's Constructivism / Edition 2

The Dream of Reality: Heinz von Foerster's Constructivism / Edition 2

by Lynn Segal
     
 

ISBN-10: 038795130X

ISBN-13: 9780387951300

Pub. Date: 05/01/2001

Publisher: Springer New York

What if there were no objective facts, no objective truth, only our belief in them? What if our consciousness itself is an unconscious invention, constructed out of logic and language? In this thought-provoking volume, Lynn Segal describes how the ideas of Heinz von Foerster compel us to explore the question "Do we discover the world or do we invent it?". He

Overview

What if there were no objective facts, no objective truth, only our belief in them? What if our consciousness itself is an unconscious invention, constructed out of logic and language? In this thought-provoking volume, Lynn Segal describes how the ideas of Heinz von Foerster compel us to explore the question "Do we discover the world or do we invent it?". He suggests that we must first know how we think before we can claim knowledge of the world. While Constructivism may seem relevant only to those in the cognitive sciences, it is, in fact, highly relevant to everyone. Paradoxically, grasping the limits of our own understanding can free us to live more creative and meaningful personal and professional lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387951300
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Edition description:
2nd ed. 2001
Pages:
163
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Heinz von Foester; Foreword by Paul Watzlawick; Preface; Introduction; 1. The Myth of Objectivity; 2. The Difficulties of Language; 3. Maturana and the Observer; 4. The Nervous System; 5. Computation; 6. Biocomputation; 7. Closure; Appendix: An Interview with Heinz von Foerster; Notes; Index.

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