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Open peer commentary on the article “Designing Academic Conferences in the Light of Second-Order Cybernetics” by Laurence D. Richards. Upshot: Richards’s long history and commitment to cybernetics provides a well-rounded view of the dichotomy between the traditional conference and one aspiring for second-order cybernetic attributes. We examine why traditional conferences have proved so resilient, despite their shortcomings, and discuss some issues that underlie the dynamics of the participation of academics in non-traditional conferences.
Griffiths D. & Baron P. (2015) The tensions between second-order cybernetics and traditional academic conferences. Constructivist Foundations 11(1): 86–88. http://constructivist.info/11/1/086
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