American Society for Cybernetics 2012 Joint Conference with the Bateson Idea Group in Asilomar, CA

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The American Society for Cybernetics (ASC), an organization promoting interdisciplinary discourse, and the Bateson Idea Group (BiG), a group of individuals interested in developing the ideas started by the anthropologist Gregory Bateson, will host a joint conference. The conference theme “An Ecology of Ideas” refers to the hosting organizations’ shared interest in bringing together thinkers from a broad range of fields in the “hard” sciences and social sciences, art, design, mathematics, politics and other areas of human action to explore the relations among ideas as seen from multiple perspectives. It also reflects the title of Bateson’s seminal collection of papers, “Steps to an Ecology of Mind”.

The joint ASC/BiG conference, with its showing of Nora Bateson's prize winning film about her father Gregory Bateson; the many plenary lectures by leading Batesonians and others; the experimental cybernetic performances that the ASC has a history of encouraging over the years; and the anticipated intense discussions and presentations of ground breaking research and thinking by many leading academics and practitioners will offer a selection of media-worthy activities with wide audience appeal. The full program of events can be found on the conference website:

The event will take place at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, amongst the stunning National Register of Historic Places-listed architecture of Julia Morgan's conference buildings and in the adjacent state park and beach.

You are welcome to discuss your selection of activities with the conference’s point of contact for media below in order to arrange for meetings or recordings.

For more information or to contact a participant, contact Tim Jachna, VP of ASC email: tjachna(at)hotmail(dot)com

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