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Global Warming/Climate Change Agenda Is Geo-Cybernetics In Disguise

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« on: July 23, 2010, 08:18:29 pm »

About Cybernetics

Cybernetics is not so much a discipline as an approach to doing.

In the words of Luc Hoebeke, cybernetics is "the conceptualization of a way of relating to one's world" (see Cyberlearning thread). It deals with the relationship between subject and object - between the human observer and that which has been identified as being of interest for that observer). It denies - or perhaps better, places limits upon - the tendency of both western analytical science and christianity to insist upon the separation of these two domains in the pursuit of a particular notion of Objectivity, one which is dependent on such a separation.

The insights of cybernetics provide an experiential grounding - a way of orienting, both in terms of the world 'out there' and the world 'in here'. This lays down a grounding for systemicity. It unfolds a notion of human understanding as the active embrace of the physical, the psychological and the spiritual and their holistic braiding together in our living as human beings.

As such, it impacts on all disciplines as an approach that is immediately relevant to the global challenges that face mankind today.
Distinct from advocating any particular subject area or profession, cybernetics is best thought of as encouraging emancipation and inclusion in whatever discipline or field of enquiry.

In short, cybernetics offers an optimistic yet realistic way of addressing the classical existentialist conundrum - 'where is meaning in this world of chaos, angst and despair?' (eg J.P. Sartre). Its fundamental premise - and indeed its findings - confirm the intrinsic coherence of the natural world, and the potential for human beings through their own recurrent action and interactions, to establish a fit with that coherence through their living it. In this sense it might be described as one of the inspirations for sustainability, and indeed has close historical links in its foundings with the early thinkers in ecology and population dynamics, such as Kenneth Boulding, Erwin Laszlo and others. Stafford Beer's 'Viable System Model' presents perhaps the first comprehensive model for tackling issues to do with sustainable development, a model in which the social, the personal and the biological are in a dynamic partnership rather than seen as competing in a single space for resources and survival.

The interpretation of contemporaneous findings in science that sometimes impacted negatively on influential strands of western philosophy (such as the influence of relativity, quantum mechanics and uncertainty on the emergence of existentialism), had a very different impact on the early cyberneticians. This is an example of how interpretation of the data (ie 'meaning') determines two very different insights into human reality. Indeed cybernetics, presents a vital an upbeat understanding about the significance of scientific findings of the last century, and the potentiality for humanity to live the future in a more integrative and viable manner which embodies both the spiritual and the phenomenal in one and the same holistic fabric of meaning. In the cybernetic tradition, scientific and spiritual, the rational and the emotional, form complementary aspects of the human phenomenon.

The essence of cybernetic thinking

Cybernetics is inspired by insights gained from findings in the neurosciences and systems sciences: that the human brain and nervous system constitute perhaps the foremost example of a system that enables effective action, signified by the emergence of human language and thinking, society and culture, and, last but not least, the spirititual. After all the whole range of human experience (society, science, technology, language, art) is mediated by the human nervous system.

What Warren McCulloch and others did was to demonstrate how a particular physiological organisation might account for the the emergence of the phenomenon we call 'mind'. In a seminal paper, McCulloch and Pitts demonstrated how a network of unintelligent, purposeless logical processors might generate phenomena that come to be equivalent to 'universals'. McCulloch recognised that any phenomenon worthy of the label 'memory' (and thence 'foresight') can emerge from network relations provided there is a tie lapse between triggers (individual synapse firings) and that cycles of triggered events occur with re-entrant paths for the continued cycle provided by the time lapse. He and Pitts demonstrated that, minimally, this potential was provided by an organisationally closed nervous system having entry points via receptors and exit points via effectors (of course these are not really 'entry' and 'exit' as nothing comes in and nothing goes out - just that stimuli trigger disturbances, and these disturbances, in some cases, result in receptor activity.

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The similarity of man and machine

Another feature of cybernetics, the one that gives it it's science-fiction connotations, is that it tries to find rules that are constant for both human beings, animals and machines. This highly universal approach to thinking was brought on by the requirement to simulate human skills in machinery, as well as by people trying to apply their thinking in engineering to themselves.

This can lead to fears of claiming that people are "just machines", but cybernetics very quickly developed an approach of avoiding oversimplification, and it's principles encourage practitioners to add to knowledge rather than simplify, leading to renewed respect for all sorts of elements of the world, elevating our opinion of our surroundings rather than lowering our opinion of humanity.

The cybernetics or bionics that make the name more famous are cybernetic in that they create control systems that bridge organic nerves and inorganic electronics, taking advantage of the similarities the theory observes to produce prosthetics or other enhancements. These design are not always based on the modern cybernetic understanding of the world, but simply use many of it's principles.

Eco-Cybernetic City

The City eco-cibernetic in the design process takes input from the nature, its forms and strategies of integration with the environment.

Its structure resembles a forest of trees that look for the light and their roots give the base to support the movement and forces of the nature, like the seisms and wind.

Its self-sufficiency is not only limited in the energy aspect, by the integration of aerogenerators that take advantage of the airflows between the two towers, and to the obtaining water of the air, but also in the economic, social and environmental aspects by its flexibility and integration of uses in the 150 floors, that turn it into a “alive machine”.

This building integrate the communication networks, incorporating in its facade a system of photovoltaic lattices , that give energy to screens of leds, creating a facade multimedia that interacts with the changes of the atmosphere.

Also the skin of the building is made by bio-climatic panels who apply nanotecnología for their cleaning, these panels allows to the growth of vegetation in their surface creating a green mantle that purifies the air that crosses this skin.

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Eco cybernetic Architecture and urbanism are our vision of the future habitat that will transform Barcelona into a social and power self-sufficient city.

The economic, social, environmental changes, the new networks and the man, at the moment are so fast that is necessary a Eco-cybernetic system design that allows to adapt us to the continuous external and internal changes that interact, feeding back the design process to obtain a sustainable self-sufficiency of the hábitat.

The Eco Ensanche sets out like an urban reorganization, taking advantage of synergies that the zone of San Adria of Besos and Badalona gives, projecting an urban ecosystem that Integra the urban network and mobility between the zones 22 @ and Sagrera. Generating a connection between the marine sport ports of the Forum and Badalona.

This self-sufficient city scheme incorporates a set of initiatives of planning and environmental design, and an ecological landscape that contributes to the conservation of the environment through the intelligent use and advantage of the resources. Emphasizing the symbiotic interaction between the urban landscape and the nature, by means of a green mesh system that in addition serves as surrounding to the urban structure conformed by self-sufficient buildings that integrate several uses that are complemented to each other like integral strategy.

The architecture and eco-cybernetic urbanism in its process of design realize a feedback of (input), elements and control systems, and have the two objectives (output), the habitat and the construction.

Input: The man, networks, economy, environment and the society.

Output habitat: Needs basic, biological, emotional, sensorial, ethical values and security, happiness and comfort.
Constructive Output: Is the rind that it protects to us of the surroundings with a binary combination of drained and volume, that generates spaces of dwelling, work, culture, commerce and leisure = self-sufficient city.

The feedback of input, allows to a positive evolution of the habitat and the construction of as they are the communication, the technology, the habitability, the culture and the viability, economic, average environmental and the future social. Out-put is an architecture and eco-cybernetic, flexible urbanism that adapts to the changes and the surroundings as it has done it to the nature you dare of the time.

The blocks of the Eco-ensanche have rectangular form and conserve the typical chamfer (Chaflan) of blocks of the ensanche of Cerdà, and a great central garden courtyard, that divides the blocks in two parts. The part large ofthe block is oriented to the south, to takeadvantage of the light the sun, which makes more favorable the bio-climatic conditions of the buildings and more efficient the advantage of the solarenergy. The distance among the volumes this defined by the projection of the shades between them and towards the interior of the courtyard gardens.

The blocks are crossed by the Green Pathways that create a pedestrian continuity that interlaces the natural ecosystem with the artificial structure of the city, formed by a mixed system of bio-climatic pergolas and wind towers with natural refrigeration. Based on a system of pulverization of the water of the phreatic level, which is pumped taking advantage of the wind energy. The towers of wind and refrigeration take the air hot that passes through a system humidifier that makes to go down its temperature. The bio-climatic pathways allow that the flora and fauna of the river Besos not interrupted by the buildings and comprises of the Eco- ensanche.

The eco-Bridges unite both sides of the river Besos, giving continuity to the ecological pathways of the eco-ensanche.The bridges are covered by a structure that allows that the vegetation grows, creating a habitat for the flora and fauna of the mouth's river Besos.

Other systems are integrated like a system of illumination by means of photovoltaic glass and Leds. Also it has a system of irrigation for the vegetation by means of the pulverization of the water that takes from the flow of the river. Turning it into Eco-Domes for the ecosystem of the river Besos.

This group of self-sufficient buildings follows the shore of the river Besos and they are integrated to the surroundings by a system of green roofs, that allow the continuity of the vegetation. To conform a great natural park throughout the river, and that is connected with the Eco-ensanche by green pathways. In these buildings several activities are developed like support and leisure, that integrates the mouth of the river to the entire city. Creating a balance between the natural ecosystem and the artificial surroundings.

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