Volume 10 · Number 1 · Pages 31–32
Observer Effects in Research

Mary Catherine Bateson

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Open peer commentary on the article “Second-Order Science: Logic, Strategies, Methods” by Stuart A. Umpleby. Upshot: The evaluation of what (we think) we knew is an urgent and evolving issue. The issues discussed by Umpleby have been raised earlier, particularly in the social sciences. Arguably, in some quarters they are exaggerated. But an awareness of observer effects is of great importance and is greatly enhanced by second-order cybernetics applied more widely as second-order science.


Bateson M. C. (2014) Observer effects in research. Constructivist Foundations 10(1): 31–32. http://constructivist.info/10/1/031

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