The subtitle of the current page is derived from a work by
Norbert Wiener (1894-1964), coiner of the term "cybernetics". The
latter was defined by its originator in a previous writing by the
same name [Wiener 1948] and elucidatively subtitled: "The science of control and communication in
the animal and the machine". In "God and Golem, Inc." [Wiener 1964]
he arguably attributed new meaning to teleology by considering purposiveness in addressing the
human ramifications of cybernetics and its intersection with
This teleological notion of purposiveness is examined historically here to serve as a thread
through strategic issues regarding the evolution of Homo cyberneticus as viewed from anthropological, meta-scientific, economic
and parapsychological perspectives. The series of topics treats the adaptive implications of distributed artificial
intelligence and knowledge management, virtual and augmented reality, pervasive computation and nanotechnology.
The philosophical etymology of "teleology" is traced from Aristotelian origins through
revival by Thomas Aquinas and critique by Immanuel Kant to goal-directed feedback in cybernetics.
The concepts of "ένεργεια" ("energeia") and "δύναμις" ("dynamis")
appear paramount in the context of pre-scientific reason embedded in Aristotle's early metaphysical language of becoming.
The neo-Aristotelian metaphysical terms "potentia" and "actus" as employed by Aquinas figure prominently in the
Scholastic fusion of reason with faith and its critical subsequent extraction in treating teleology.
Kant's lesser known "Kritik der teleologischen Urteilskraft" ("Critique of teleological judgment") suggests a take
on teleology in divorcing rationalism and pure reason ("reinen Vernunft") from empiricism and practical reason ("praktischen Vernunft").
The concepts of control and communication at the foundation of cybernetics are reflected in the etymology of the term, with
"κυβερνήτης" meaning "steersman" or "governor", and embody
a revised rendition of purposiveness.
In representing the contemporary man-machine relationship, thought is regarded as computation together with its extracorporealization through information technology. The merging of
physical and virtual reality, computational pervasiveness and ethical implications are further investigated.
Computation, technology and the artificial
The epistemological status of science as mental discipline with taxonomic intention and as technologically validated pragmatic paradigm is viewed
in relation to computation, knowledge management and software engineering within the context of the Metaverse and Web semantics.
Scientific discipline, knowledge and computing
Knowledge and software engineering
The critical role of intellectual assets and their humanistic valuation in knowledge-based economics, the significance of
knowledge and technology transfer to sustainable innovation and the nature of innovative collaboration in sustainable enterprise
Intellectual capital in the knowledge economy
Knowledge and technology transfer for innovation
Collaborative innovation in the adaptive enterprise
The convergence of human-computer interfacing, virtual immersion, teleportation, scenario generation and telepresence in augmented
reality with phenomena within ESP, psychic healing and out-of-body experience is considered from an interdisciplinary and (trans)cultural
perspective with the intention of demystifying and instrumentalizing scientific parapsychology.