Why do social theorists use diagrams? How coherently are they integrated into arguments? How skilfully do they tend to deploy them?
After years of struggle to build his DAMS (Dispersive and Multistable System), Ross Ashby began in 1958 to scale back his ambitions in a manner recounted by Andrew Pickering on pg 130 of his The Cybernetic Brain: Ashby’s strained optimism of 1957 was misplaced. A year later, on 29 September […]