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Mathematical Biophysics, Cybernetics and Significs

Anatol Rapoport
Synthese
Vol. 8, No. 3/5, Fifth International Significal Summer Conference / Cinquieme Conference d'Ete Internationale de Linguistique Psychologique (1950/1951), pp. 182-193
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20111493
Page Count: 12
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Mathematical Biophysics, Cybernetics and Significs
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Abstract

It remains to summarize the contributions which each of the three disciplines discussed here is making toward the development of a science of man. "Significs" makes a study of the effects on human behavior of the linguistic aspects of the evaluative process, the most distinctly human aspect of the behavior of the human organism. "Mathematical Biophysics" seeks to describe the events associated with evaluative processes in physico-mathematical terms. "Cybernetics" is discovering important invariants common to these processes and others, particularly those observed in man-made machines and in situations which lend themselves to description in thermo-dynamic or statistical (order -- chaos) terms.

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