2012/04/30 : : deadline 01 : : An Ecology of Ideas Conference

Asilomar, California, July 9 – 13,  2012. 

Invited and confirmed speakers include: Graham Barnes, Eric Bateson, Nora Bateson, Fritjof Capra, Ximena Dávila, Terry Deacon, Debora Hammond, Klaus Krippendorff, Humberto Maturana, Rex Weyler.

Our ideas form, grow, and thrive in relationship. Ideas inspire and transform each other and their bio-cultural medium. New ones emerge unexpectedly, some persist, some change, and some are lost, as if they were living.

The American Society for Cybernetics (ASC) and Bateson Idea Group (BIG) come together to hold a conference on the relations among ideas as seen from multiple perspectives. We come from many disciplines but have common roots including cybernetics, circularity, reflexivity, language, culture and systems. For many of us these roots are enmeshed with biology, information, pattern, design, art, aesthetics, ethics and more.

In a world rife with factionalism and disenchantment, we will engage in conversations to integrate disciplines of knowing while taking into account our histories and considering our futures. We will regard both the parts and the whole that arises from the relations between the parts — and thus becomes the context for all the parts. We are concerned with the world that arises from how we live our ideas.

ASC and BIG have common interests in dynamic systems of thought, wisdom and learning. We accept that there are many views and value exploring the relationships between them, rather than in insisting that any view is “right”.

see website for registration, submission of abstract and other ideas: http://asc-cybernetics.org/2012/

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