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Anarchist Cybernetics: Control and Communication in Radical Politics

Thomas Swann

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781529208788
eISBN:
9781529208832
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529208788.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Through a focus on control (self-organisation) and communication (alternative social media platforms), Anarchist Cybernetics explores the structures and functions of radically participatory and ... More


Radical Left Organisation and Networks of Communication

Thomas Swann

in Anarchist Cybernetics: Control and Communication in Radical Politics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781529208788
eISBN:
9781529208832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529208788.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Chapter Two discusses the organisational forms relevant to contemporary anarchist and radical left organisation. The chapter shows that anarchist organising is at the core of radical movements that ... More


Anarchism and Cybernetics: A Missed Opportunity Revisited

Thomas Swann

in Anarchist Cybernetics: Control and Communication in Radical Politics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781529208788
eISBN:
9781529208832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529208788.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Chapter Three provides a historical and conceptual overview of both anarchism and cybernetics, focusing on recent developments in anarchist social movement practice and Stafford Beer’s organisational ... More


Communication (Part I): Information and Noise in the Age of Social Media

Thomas Swann

in Anarchist Cybernetics: Control and Communication in Radical Politics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781529208788
eISBN:
9781529208832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529208788.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Chapter Six focuses on communication practices and social media, examining how the concept of noise features in how cybernetics understands communication and information. The chapter considers how ... More


Plant Behaviour and Intelligence

Anthony Trewavas

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199539543
eISBN:
9780191788291
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539543.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

This book takes as its theme the statement by the Nobel prize winning plant biologist, Barbara McClintock in 1984; “A goal for the future would be to determine the extent of knowledge the cell has of ... More


Plant behaviour: first intimations of self-organization

Anthony Trewavas

in Plant Behaviour and Intelligence

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199539543
eISBN:
9780191788291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539543.003.0008
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

Behaviours are the responses by organisms to environmental problems, whether these involve movement or not. These problems can be generalized and are uniform for most organisms; finding food, ... More


The self-organizing plant: lessons from swarm intelligence

Anthony Trewavas

in Plant Behaviour and Intelligence

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199539543
eISBN:
9780191788291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539543.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

Self-organisation is a common terminology for describing biological phenomena. The developing brain and social insect colonies are used as examples. Small world networks are then described since ... More


Biological matter as a material

Adrian P Sutton

in Concepts of Materials Science

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780192846839
eISBN:
9780191938764
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192846839.003.0011
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

Although it is usually obvious whether matter is animate or inanimate, it is far from easy to define life. Here we adopt as a definition the three principles identified by Paul Nurse in his recent ... More


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