The Resource The dream of reality : Heinz von Foerster's constructivism, Lynn Segal ; with forewords by Heinz von Foerster and Paul Watzlawick

The dream of reality : Heinz von Foerster's constructivism, Lynn Segal ; with forewords by Heinz von Foerster and Paul Watzlawick

Label
The dream of reality : Heinz von Foerster's constructivism
Title
The dream of reality
Title remainder
Heinz von Foerster's constructivism
Statement of responsibility
Lynn Segal ; with forewords by Heinz von Foerster and Paul Watzlawick
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"What if there were no objective facts, no objective truth, no objectivity at all, 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?" and suggests that we must first know how we think before we can claim knowledge of the world. The resulting philosophy, Constructivism, examines the limits of what we can know and argues that understanding these limits can lead us to be more responsible for our personal and collective behavior." "After tracing the historical transition from religious belief to a belief in science, Segal examines objectivity from semantic, philosophical, and neurological perspectives. Segal shows that we can never achieve objectivity and that the scientific method ensures only a consensus among observers. Next, he details how language and logic unwittingly predeterime the very conclusions we derive when we try to know the world. Finally, he describes a computational model of cognition that does not depend on first positing the world to account for cognition and consciousness." "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."--Jacket
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committed to retain for EAST
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Segal, Lynn
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
B809.13
LC item number
.S44 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Von Foerster, Heinz
  • Von Foerster, Heinz
  • Von Foerster, Heinz
  • Constructivism (Philosophy)
  • Constructivism (Philosophy)
  • Constructivisme
  • Werkelijkheid
  • Constructies
  • Filosofia
  • Epistemologia
  • Konstruktivismus <Philosophie>
Label
The dream of reality : Heinz von Foerster's constructivism, Lynn Segal ; with forewords by Heinz von Foerster and Paul Watzlawick
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Heinz von Foerster -- Foreword / Paul Watzlawick -- 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 -- App. An Interview with Heinz von Foerster
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
2nd ed.
Extent
xix, 163 pages
Isbn
9780387951300
Lccn
00061269
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)44732274
  • (OCoLC)ocm44732274
Label
The dream of reality : Heinz von Foerster's constructivism, Lynn Segal ; with forewords by Heinz von Foerster and Paul Watzlawick
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Heinz von Foerster -- Foreword / Paul Watzlawick -- 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 -- App. An Interview with Heinz von Foerster
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
2nd ed.
Extent
xix, 163 pages
Isbn
9780387951300
Lccn
00061269
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)44732274
  • (OCoLC)ocm44732274

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