Volume 9 · Number 1 · Pages 111–113
Interpreting Ashby – But which One?

David Vernon

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Open peer commentary on the article “Homeostats for the 21st Century? Simulating Ashby Simulating the Brain” by Stefano Franchi. Upshot: The association of heteronomy with Ashby’s work in the target article follows from a direct interpretation of the second edition of Ashby’s book Design for a Brain. However, the first edition allows for an alternative – opposite – interpretation that is compatible with autonomy and autopoiesis. Furthermore, a more balanced perspective is suggested to avoid unintentionally giving the casual reader a misleading impression that the homeostat is Ashby’s ultimate position on homeostasis and that it is an adequate model of the brain.


Vernon D. (2013) Interpreting Ashby – but which one? Constructivist Foundations 9(1): 111–113. http://constructivist.info/9/1/111

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