Cybernetics and Human Knowing is a quarterly international multi- and transdisciplinary journal focusing on second-order cybernetics and cybersemiotic approaches.

The journal is devoted to the new understandings of the self-organizing processes of information and signification in living and artificial systems as well as human knowing that have arisen through second order cybernetics and autopoiesis and their relation to and relevance for other interdisciplinary approaches such as C.S. Peirce's semiotics and biosemiotics. This new development within the area of knowledge-directed processes is a non- or transdisciplinary approach. Through the concept of self-reference it explores: cognition, communication and languaging in all of its manifestations; our understanding of organization and information in human, artificial and natural systems; and our understanding of understanding within the natural and social sciences, humanities, computer, information and library science, and in social practices like design, education, organization, teaching, medicine, therapy, art, management and politics.

Because of the interdisciplinary character articles are written in such a way that people from other domains can understand them. Articles from practitioners will be accepted in a special section. All articles are peer-reviewed.

Executive Editors

Editor: Jeanette Bopry, Instructional Sciences, Ret., USA.

Managing Editor: Carlos Vidales, University of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Associate Editor: Sara Cannizzaro, University of Warwick, UK.

Art & Web Editor: Claudia Jacques, Knowledge Art Studios, SUNY WCC, CUNY BCC, USA.

Book Review Editor: Bill Seaman, Duke University, USA.

Special Topics Editor: Dirk Baecker, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany.

Columnist: Lou Kauffman, University of Illinois–Chicago, USA.

ASC Liason: Ben Sweeting, University of Brighton, UK.

In Honor of Deceased Editors

  • Peter Bøgh Andersen
  • Evelyne Andrewsky
  • M.C. Bateson
  • Stafford Beer
  • Heinz von Foerster
  • Ranulph Glanville
  • Ernst von Glasersfeld
  • Jesper Hoffmeyer
  • Niklas Luhmann
  • Humberto Maturana
  • Roland Posner
  • Thomas Sebeok
  • Robert Vallée
  • Fransisco Varela
  • Editorial Board


    Affiliation & Location

    Victoria N. Alexander Dactyl Foundation, New York, USA
    Dirk Baecker U. Witten / Herdecke Fakultaet fuer Writschaftswissenschaft, Germany
    Pille Bunnell Royal Roads, Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Sara Cannizzaro Middlesex University, Hendon, UK
    Bruce Clark Dept. of English, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas USA
    Paul Cobley Media dept., Middlesex University, London, UK
    Marcel Danesi Semiotics and Communication Studies, Toronto U. Canada
    Phillip Guddemi The International Bateson Institute, Sacramento, California, USA
    Michael C. Jackson The Business School, U. of Hull, Hull, UK
    Kathrine E. L. Johansson Dept. of Art, University of Plymouth, UK
    Louis Kauffman Dep. of Math. Stat. Comp. Sci. Univ. of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA
    Klaus Krippendroff School of Communications, Univ. of Pennsylvania, PA, USA
    George E. Lasker School of Computer Science, Univ. of Windsor, Canada
    Ervin Laszlo The General Evolution Group, Montescudaio, Italy
    John Mingers Canterbury Business School, Univ. of Kent, UK
    Winfred Nöth Programa de Tecnologias da Inteligência e Design Digital, Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil
    Paul Pangaro Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    William Reckmeyer San José State University California, USA
    Alexander Riegler Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
    Steffen Roth ESC Rennes School of Business, Arbrissel, FR
    Sergio Rubin Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
    Bernard Scott Cranfield University at the Royal Military Collage, UK
    Fred Steier Interdisciplinary Studies University of South Florida, USA
    Ben Sweeting University of Brighton, UK