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

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


Founding Editor

Founding Editor: Søren Brier.

Consulting Editors

Farshad Badie; The Research Group “Natural and Formal Language,” Aalborg University, Denmark

Lars Clausen; UCL University College, Denmark

Donald Favareau; National University of Singapore

Christian Fuchs; University of West-minster, UK

Florian Grote; CODE University of Applied Sciences

Claudia Jacques; Knowledge Art Studios; CUNY BCC; SUNY WCC, USA

Markus Heidingsfelder; BNU-HKBU United International College, China

Christiane Herr; Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou

Richard L. Lanigan; International Communicology Institute

Seiichi Imoto; Hokkaido University, Sapporo

Mark William Johnson; University of Copenhagen

Vessela Misheva; Uppsala University, Sweden

Ole Nedergaard; Copenhagen Business School

Andrew Pickering; University of Exeter

Bernhard Poerksen; Tubingen University, Germany

Devon Schiller; University of Vienna

Bent Sørensen; Aalborg University, Denmark

Torkild Thellefsen; Aalborg University, Denmark

Maurice Yolles; John Moores University, UK

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 CCSR, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Bruce Clark Dept. of English, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas USA
Paul Cobley Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, Middlesex University, London, UK
Marcel Danesi Semiotics and Communication Studies, Toronto University Canada
Phillip Guddemi The International Bateson Institute, Sacramento, California, USA
Ray Ison Applied Systems Thinking in Practice Program, The Open University, London, UK
Michael C. Jackson The Business School, U. of Hull, Hull, UK
Louis Kauffman Dep. of Mathematics, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA
Klaus Krippendroff Annenberg School of Communications, Universit yof Pennsylvania, PA, USA
George E. Lasker School of Computer Science, University of Windsor, Canada
Alexander Laszlo The Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS), Vienna, Austria
John Mingers Kent Business School, Univiversity 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 La Rochelle Business School, France; Witten/Herdecke University, Germany
Sergio Rubin Earth and Life Institute, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Bernard Scott Academician of the International Academy of Systems and Cybernetics Science
Fred Steier School of Leadership Studies, Fielding Graduate University, California, USA
Ben Sweeting University of Brighton, UK