The Kybernetics of Natural Systems

The Kybernetics of Natural Systems

A Study in Patterns of Control

1st Edition - January 1, 1960

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  • Authors: D. Stanley-Jones, K. Stanley-Jones
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483221458

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The Kybernetics of Natural Systems: A Study in Patterns of Control provides an elementary account of linear feedback systems in which the correction of an error of performance is numerically proportional to that error itself. This book examines the nonlinear processes, which is of great importance for the understanding of controlled processes in the living organism. Organized into seven chapters, this book begins with an overview of the elementary propositions of kybernetics that are keys to the understanding of a great many patterns of working in psychology and physiology. This text then examines the interplay of dynamic and control during the process of childbirth. Other chapters consider the kybernetic description of a physiological sequence, which differs from the pattern of the reflex arc. This book discusses as well the axioms and principles of kybernetics. The final chapter deals with the laws of kybernetics. This book is a valuable resource for physiologists.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    I Kybernetics of Non-Living Systems

    Negative and Positive Feed-Back

    Stability and Runaway

    Explosive and Controlled Reactions

    Pulsating Stars

    Exploding Stars

    Kybemetic Patterns of Behaviour

    II Control of Involuntary Muscles

    The Autonomic Nervous System

    Relaxation and Spasm

    The Pelvic Sphincters

    Kybernetics of Childbirth

    III Control of Voluntary Muscles

    Error or Distance from Goal

    Kybernetics of Nystagmus

    Oculo-Gyric Crises

    IV Kybernetics of Neural Control

    Levels of Organization

    The Unit of Neural Energy

    Sensory Deprivation

    The Source of Neural Energy

    V Kybernetics of Invertebrates

    The Swimming of Jelly Fish

    The Movements of Anemones

    The Spawning of Mussels

    Oscillation and Stability in Worms

    Flight Control in Locusts

    Dynamics of the Cockroach

    VI Kybernetics of Vertebrates

    The Lamprey

    The Lateral Line

    The Otoliths

    Stretch Receptors in Fish

    Muscle Spindles in Mammals

    The Anti-Gravity Augmentor System

    Acute and Chronic Poliomyelitis

    Spinal Animals

    Decerebrate Animals

    The Influence of Gravity

    VII Kybernetics of Human Society

    The Laws of Kybemetics

    Kybernetics and Sociology

    Kybernetics and the Historical Process

    Kybemetics of War

    The Destiny of Man


Product details

  • No. of pages: 164
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1960
  • Published: January 1, 1960
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483221458

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D. Stanley-Jones

K. Stanley-Jones

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