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Heinz von Foerster

Data de nascimento: 13. Novembro 1911
Data de falecimento: 2. Outubro 2002

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Heinz von Foerster foi um cientista austríaco-americano que combinou a física com a filosofia. Juntamente com Warren McCulloch, Norbert Wiener, John von Neumann, Lawrence J. Fogel, Gregory Bateson, Humberto Maturana, Francisco Varela e outros, von Foerster foi um dos arquitetos da cibernética.

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„I shall act always so as to increase the total number of choices“

—  Heinz von Foerster
Heinz von Foerster (1984) " Disorder/Order: Discovery or Invention? http://ada.evergreen.edu/~arunc/texts/cybernetics/heinz/disorder.pdf. p.6

„Either Stone Age man was a technological wizard, who carefully removed his technological achievements so as not to upset his inferior progeny, or our population dwindled from a once astronomical size to the mere three billions of today.“

—  Heinz von Foerster
Von Foerster, Mora and Amiot (1961) "Population Density and Growth". in: Science, Vol 133, 16 June 1961, pp. 1932-37 as cited in: Stuart A. Umpleby (2001) " Heinz von Foerster (1911 - 2002) http://projects.isss.org/heinz_von_foerster_by_stuart_umpleby"

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„All this (the early excitement of Cybernetics) is now history, and in the decade which elapsed since these early baby steps of interdisciplinary communication, many more threads were picked up and interwoven into a remarkable tapestry of knowledge and endeavour: Bionics. It is good omen that at the right time the right name was found. For, bionics extends a great invitation to all who are willing not to stop at the investigation of a particular function or its realization, but to go on and to seek the universal significance of these functions in living or artificial organisms.
The reader who goes through the following papers which constitute the transactions of the first symposium held under the name Bionics will be surprised by the multitude of astonishing and unforeseen connections between concepts he believed to be familiar with. For instance, a couple of years ago, who would have thought to relate the reliability problem to multi-valued logics; or, who would have thought that integral or differential geometry would serve as an adequate tool in the theory of abstraction? It is hard to say in all these cases who was teaching whom: The life-sciences the engineering sciences, or vice versa? And rightly so, for it guarantees optimal information flow, and everybody gains...“

—  Heinz von Foerster
Von Foerster (1960) as cited in Peter M. Asaro (2007). "Heinz von Foerster and the Bio-Computing Movements of the 1960s," http://cybersophe.org/writing/Asaro%20HVF%26BCL.pdf

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