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The Cybernetics reading group is dedicated to reading and discussing the core texts of the 'cyberneticians' of the late 1940s and through the 1950s, centered around the ten Macy Conferences that ran from 1946-1953.

The cyberneticians pioneered many of the core concepts central to todays understanding of both culture and science: information, feedback, control and communication.

The group aims at reading primary texts of the original cyberneticists and their heirs, discussing and interrogating some of the ideas we today take for granted.

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Comment by Hallvard Haug on November 24, 2013 at 22:30

Hi Jess, we haven't planned the next session as of now, but still running!

Comment by Hallvard Haug on April 22, 2013 at 12:40

The next session will be (me doing) a presentation on CYBORGS, 18-19.30 on May 13th in room 112.

We're reading Manfred Clynes and Nathan Klines' 'Drugs, Space and Cybernetcs: Evolution to Cyborgs', which is linked to on the event page:


Comment by Hallvard Haug on February 17, 2013 at 10:26

Thanks Sophie!

Since no one could make it for our last session, I've changed the date to 18-19.30, February 25. Note that the room this time is in 30 Russell Square, room 405.


Comment by Sophie Jones on February 17, 2013 at 9:40

Hi everyone. This lecture at Goldsmiths on Cybernetics in Britain, 1940-2000 looks interesting:


Comment by Hallvard Haug on February 7, 2013 at 13:27

I've created an event for our next session on Monday, 11 February 18-19.30:


Readings are on the event page. Sorry for the short notice! It's should be a relatively quick read.

Comment by Hallvard Haug on December 4, 2012 at 14:36
Comment by Hallvard Haug on December 4, 2012 at 14:34

Our next session is Monday 10.12, on information.

Event page here: http://dandelionnetwork.org/events/cybernetics-reading-group-inform...

Comment by Grace Halden on November 13, 2012 at 15:47

For the second session 19 November, we are reading the following:


Pages 6-13 (25-32 of the PDF reader) of 'Introduction' from Cybernetics (on feedback) Norbert%20Wiener%20-%20Cybernetics%20-%20Introduction.pdf




Chapter 10 ‘Some Communication Machines and Their Future’ from The Human Use of Human Beings Norbert%20Wiener%20-%20Human_use_of_human_beings.pdf


Please let me know if the links do not work or there are any other problems with the selected material. Thanks!


Hopefully see you all on Monday!

Comment by Irina Chkhaidze on October 23, 2012 at 13:27

Thanks, alternative works fine for me. 

Comment by Hallvard Haug on October 23, 2012 at 13:22

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