We assume that it is possible to explain the construction of new knowledge systems with the help of an evolutionary-systemic approach, based on the recombination and selection of existing concepts. We plan to develop such a model by integrating existing, partial theories: Holland's classifiers and genetic algorithms, memetics, heuristic models of discovery and knowledge reformulation, and Campbell's evolutionary epistemology. This model will be tested empirically by comparing its predictions with the results of a computer-supported process of system construction, as proposed in the Principia Cybernetica Project. This will necessitate an intensive collaboration, using electronic mail and de World-Wide Web distributed hypermedia network, with foreign colleagues participating in the Principia Cybernetica network.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/94 → 31/12/99|
Flemish discipline codes
- Psychology and cognitive sciences
- Philosophy, ethics and religious studies