Volume 13 · Number 3 · Pages 398–401
The Nonmodern Ontological Theatre. Review of The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches of Another Future by Andrew Pickering, 2010

John Wolfgang Roberts

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Upshot: Andrew Pickering’s book traces an early history of Britain’s cybernetics. Pickering draws connections between the “brain” in its many forms - from performative organ to strange machine, to larger social developments - as adaptive systems coupled to humans and artifacts. Focusing on the work of early British cyberneticians, Pickering argues for a performative paradigm as opposed to strict representational approaches to the world, and therein locates an “ontology of cybernetics” that challenges modern modes of knowledge production and which serves as a necessary component of cybernetic projects.


Roberts J. W. (2018) The nonmodern ontological theatre. Review of the cybernetic brain: Sketches of another future by andrew pickering, 2010. Constructivist Foundations 13(3): 398–401. https://constructivist.info/13/3/398

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