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In Memoriam Ranulph Glanville

January 29, 2015

Ranulph Glanville was one of the most incisive epistemologists in cybernetics. He combined a thorough reading of first-order cybernetics concepts on black boxes, feedback, and circular control with a deep understanding of second-order cybernetics ideas on observers, distinctions, and productive because reflexive ignorance. He called himself a radical constructivist, but as a matter of fact he was more of an operational constructivist in that he set out from ideas about design and came back to study how his constructions designed him. Modelling yourself you discover how the other models you.

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