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Cybernetics
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I. Science – II. Ethics – III. Practical Theology

I. Science

Cybernetics denotes the science of the control and communication processes in machines and biological systems. Of particular interest for cybernetics are those systems that can regulate or organize themselves through feedback processes. Norbert Wiener coined the term cybernetics in 1947. It is the transliteration of the Greek κυβερνητική/kybernētikḗ, “the helmsman's art.” Plato used this term both for the …

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Herzfeld, Noreen, Evers, Dirk and Seitz, Manfred, “Cybernetics”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_12521>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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