Principia Cybernetica Web

Ron Resnick (
Tue, 5 Nov 1996 17:23:06 -0500 (EST)

On first blush, it looks as if you could spend a LONG time here, looking
for Good Stuff. Any FoRKers looked at this yet? Is it worth the effort?

They promise :

"The Principia Cybernetica Project (PCP) is a collaborative,
computer-supported attempt to develop a complete cybernetic and
evolutionary philosophy. Such a philosophical system should arise
from a transdisciplinary unification and foundation of the domain of
Systems Theory and Cybernetics. Similar to the metamathematical
character of Whitehead and Russell's "Principia Mathematica",
PCP is metacybernetical: cybernetic tools and methods are used to
analyze and develop cybernetic theory. "


These include the computer-based tools of hypertext, electronic
mailing lists, electronic publishing (FTP and WWW servers), and
knowledge structuring software. They are meant to support the process
of collaborative theory-building by a variety
of collaborators, with different backgrounds and living in different
parts of the world, as summarized in the list of
specific goals for PCP. PCP will thus naturally develop in the
cyberspace of interlinked electronic networks, as
implemented in the World Wide Web distributed hypermedia environment.

Sounds good.