Friday, June 18, 2010


I'm reviewing a book for the journal Technology and Culture. It's a good anthology, actually, and I will say so in my review. But there's one chapter that is just blowing my mind. And maybe in not such a good way. Here's an excerpt:

In a mapping of concepts from non-linear dynamics onto the theory of eigenorganizations, von Foerster visualizes the genesis of an autopoietic system as the contraction/condensation of a field of oeprational density around a specific point of 'strange attraction'.

That's a pretty typical sentence. Also, half of the chapter quotes directly from the German and doesn't translate.

I mean, come on.

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