Gotthard Guenther's Claim for a Cybernetics of Volition
Both aspects can be interpreted as forming a feedback loop: environment – (cognition) - subject - (volition) - environment. The different interfaces are identical with a change in structural form, a structural upgrading. The subject is urged to act in a situation which is not fully determined by the environment. What does that mean when that situation is characterized as of a higher structural complexity? A possible answer should refer to information processing in the subject’s part of the loop, e.g. reflections on the future of circumstances which cannot be extracted from purely objective facts. Another crucial problem is about the differentiation of “subjectivity” or the general subject in manifold interacting subjectivities.
Some interesting consequences of such a concept of feedback will be discussed. However, Guenther goes one step further and tries to develop a calculus representing these interfaces that link cognition with volition. It is centered around a principal exchangeability of form (subjectivity) and the material content of form (objectivity). According to the change in structural form a new operator is introduced, called “proemial” relationship, which “represents a peculiar interlocking of exchange and order”, thereby relativizing the difference between form and matter. A first impression of how the calculus works will be presented.