“I want to talk now about ontology: questions of what the world is like, what sort of entities populate it, how they engage with one another. What I want to suggest is that the ontology of cybernetics is a strange and unfamiliar one, very different from that of the modern sciences.” — Pickering (2010), 17
“Deep hacker studies”:
→ For a techno-political agenda of the radical left
→ Crypto-Hegelian Marxism ;-P
→ Methodological agnosticism of Bijker (2009)
“one cannot help but be struck by the social marginality of cybernetics throughout its history, and this has led me to an interest in new institutions, however marginal themselves, that have emerged as a social basis for cybernetics in recent decades. ... Just as I have been trying to show that the cybernetic ontology and cybernetic projects and objects make sense and are worth taking seriously, so my suggestion is that we should take seriously the sometimes odd institutions which have from time to time supported them.” — Pickering (2010), 400
→ Sustained social basis of cybernetic practices
→ Discordianism (Hail Eris!)
Hacker artefacts, knowledges, practices and scenes constitute an alternative engineering culture that can be characterised as anti-modern technoscience. Such an approach privileges practice over representation, performance over cognition and adaptive encounters with the unknown over the domination of Nature. In short, it is informed and forged by an experience in the ontology of becoming.
→ Ontological theatre
→ Strange performances.
→ Ontology of becoming.
The blueprint attitude evidently goes with the modern ontological stance that presumes a knowable and cognitively disposable world, and Ashby’s thoughts here on going beyond design in a world of mechanisms evolving quasi-organically once more make the point that ontology makes a difference, now at the level of engineering method. — Pickering (2010), 128
The ethical moment in ontology:
→ Hosting & hostage.
→ No future, but it is being integrated.
→ Odd institutions.
FA00 8129 13E9 2617 C614 0901 7879 63BC 287E D166
Bijker, Wiebe E. 2009. “How Is Technology Made? That Is the Question!” Cambridge Journal of Economics 1 (34) (November): 63–76. doi:10.1093/cje/bep068. http://www.researchgate.net/publication/46513419_How_Is_Technology_Made_That_Is_the_Question.
Lévinas, Emmanuel. 1969. Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority. Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press.
Pickering, Andrew. 1995. The Mangle of Practice: Time, Agency, and Science. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. http://libgen.io/book/index.php?md5=44ad4df824c04f1e8160cc16f61d2bec.
———. 2010. The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches of Another Future. Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press.
Söderberg, Johan. 2008. Hacking Capitalism: The Free and Open Source Software Movement. London: Routledge.
Tiqqun. 2012. The Cybernetic Hypothesis. The Anarchist Library. http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/tiqqun-the-cybernetic-hypothesis.