Matthias Braeunig | 24.05.2017

A Cybernetic Approach to 'the Environment'

Matthias Braeunig. source: M. Braeunig.
Matthias Braeunig. source: M. Braeunig.

Public talk | 24.05.2017 | 16:00 - 17:30 | Uni Freiburg | Tennenbacher Str. 4, 79106 Freiburg, Germany | Herderbau, Room 400


About: Matthias Braeunig (Dipl. Phys) has trained as physicist and graduated from the Free University Berlin. He currently works as researcher and co-organizer of teachers' coaching groups, a federal health promotion program for school teachers, at the Department for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the Medical Center of the University of Freiburg. In the 1990s he founded the Atelier für "ökologische Bildung" for the further development of "InnerEcology".


Talk: Cybernetics is a general theory of circular causal and feedback systems, with broad applications ranging from the natural sciences and the humanities, from ecology to economics and the social sciences.  It's vision has inspired many modern schools of thought to reach beyond materialistic and objectivist notions of reality. According to cybernetics the environment is an indeterminate space of possibility in which we can act under certain constraints: Its objects are created as dynamic patterns of perceptions and fitting behaviors, in constant co-evolution with the observer. In this light, sustainability is not just a question of how we deal with natural resources, but entails a more fundamental challenge, to re-consider our role as observer or user of 'the environment'. This talk will explore the view of circularity and its application to an ecology of the mind.