Ikegami Lab Summer Workshop 2012

I presented a talk at this year’s Ikegami Lab Summer Workshop, August 2-3, 2012, which took place in Hokkaido.

The title of my presentation was “Ashby’s cybernetics and the healing powers of shamanism.”

The main point of the talk was to point out a structural correlation between Ashby’s notion of a system ‘breaking’ in order to achieve adaptation, and the notion of ‘dying’ and being reborn in shamanic initiation and healing ceremonies.

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