[Fis] Evolutionary Dynamics of Discursive Knowledge

Mark Johnson johnsonmwj1 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 2 21:10:43 CET 2021

Dear FIS community,

You are cordially invited to join a slow-read/discussion of the latest
open-access book by Loet Leydesdorff <https://www.leydesdorff.net/>,  The
Evolutionary Dynamics of Discursive Knowledge.  The book  provides an
introduction to the connections between systems theory, evolutionary
theory, sociology, STS, communication theory, and cybernetics and its
objective is to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange.  We will read and
discuss about one chapter each month.  Scroll down for the schedule.

The book discussion will take place via ZOOM on the third Wednesday of
every month, starting at 5pm CET (4pm GMT, 11am EST, 9am MST
<https://www.timeanddate.com/time/map/>(**)). The first meeting is
scheduled for Wednesday, December 15, 2021.  Each ZOOM meeting, one to
three scholars will give a brief commentary on the chapter scheduled for
that day, followed by an interactive discussion.  Each session will last
for about two hours.

Please share this email with your networks, especially if you know someone
else who might be interested in commenting.  Commentaries in the form of a
video presentation (maximum 20 minutes) are welcomed, especially from those
who cannot join the ZOOM meetings due to international time zone
differences. If you would like to act as a commentator for any of the
chapters (max 20 minutes, max 7 PPT slides
<https://www.clubofremy.org/#rule>), please get in touch with one of the
event organizers (johnsonmwj1 at gmail.com or  jaimi.hendrix at gmail.com) to
finalize the details.

ZOOM room link:


Reviews of the book:

Schirone, Mark. (2021). Review of: Leydesdorff, Loet. The evolutionary
dynamics of discursive knowledge. Communication-theoretical perspectives on
an empirical philosophy of science. Cham: Springer Nature, 2021. Information
Research, Vol 26 No 3, Review no. R725 [Retrieved from

A forthcoming review by Mark Johnson will shortly be available in
Cybernetics and Human Knowing.

Additional details:

- An open-access copy of the book is available at:
https://rd.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-59951-5 .

- Email discussions will be archived at
https://groups.google.com/g/cogitata?hl=en. Everyone is welcome to join the
Google group.

- RSVP to jaimi.hendrix at gmail.com. RSVP is not necessary, but preferred.

- This event series is hosted by the Club of Remy - Speed Dating of Ideas, a
loosely affiliated group of cyberneticians.  For more details on the Club
of Remy, check out its web site, www.clubofremy.org, or its YouTube
channel  at


- Each ZOOM session will be recorded and posted in the above-mentioned Club
of Remy YouTube channel:

- For further information about this event series, contact Mark Johnson
<http://dailyimprovisation.blogspot.com/> (Cybernetics, Univ. of Liverpool)
at johnsonmwj1 at gmail.com or Margaretha “Jaimi” Hendrickx at
jaimi.hendrix at gmail.com.

Provisional schedule:

For the latest version of the schedule, go to

Wed, Dec 15, 2021 - Chapter 1 - Knowledge-based Innovation and Social

Commentary by Mark W. Johnson <http://dailyimprovisation.blogspot.com/>
(Cybernetics, Univ. of Liverpool, UK).

Wed, Jan 19, 2022 - Chapter 2 - The Communication Turn in Philosophy of

Chapter 3 - Scientific Communication and Codification.

Commentary by Stasa Milojevic (Informatics, Indiana University,

Commentary by Marco Schirone
<https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marco-Schirone-2> (Univ. of Borås,
Chalmers Univ, Sweden).

Wed, Feb 16, 2022 - Chapter 4 - Towards a Calculus of Redundancy.

Commentary by Inga Ivanova <https://hse-ru.academia.edu/IngaIvanova>
(Complex Systems, HSE Univ., Moscow, Russia).

Commentary by Larry Richards
<https://campuslibraryiue.academia.edu/LarryRichards> (Mgmt & Engineering,
Indiana Univ. East, USA).

Wed, Mar 16, 2022 - Chapter 5 - Evolutionary & Institutional Triple Helix

Commentary by Lucio Biggiero <https://www.luciobiggiero.com/> (Org.
Science; Univ. of L'Aquila, Italia).

Commentary by Gene Bellinger <https://systemswiki.substack.com/>
(Independent Consultant, SystemsWiki’s Musings, NC, USA).

Commentary by Juzhuo Cai <https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yuzhuo-Cai>
(Mgmt & Business, Tampere Univ., Finland).

Wed, Apr 20, 2022 - Chapter 6 & 7 - Commentators TBA.

Commentary by Helen Lawton Smith
Studies, Birkbeck, London Univ., UK).

Wed, May 18, 2022 - Chapter 8 - Commentators TBA.

Wed, Jun 15, 2022 - Chapter 9 - Commentators TBA.

Commentary by Igone Porto Gomez (Engineering & Organization, Univ. de
Deusto, Spain).

Wed, Jul 20, 2022 - Chapter 10 - Cultural and Biological Evolution.

Commentary by Christiane Gebhardt
<https://ch.linkedin.com/in/dr-christiane-gebhardt-74939779> (Drees &
Sommer, Zurich, Switzerland)

Wed, Aug 17, 2022 - Chapter 11 - Commentators TBA.

(**) Changes in schedule due to Daylight Saving Time (DST) changes:

Please, synchronize with 5pm Paris/Amsterdam/Berlin/Maribor/Ljubljana

Note that in March 2022, the USA moves its clocks 1 hour forward two weeks
before the EU countries move their clocks forward.  Consequently, in March
2022, the ZOOM meeting will start 1 hour later for those residing in the
United States at that time:

   - Dec 2021 - Feb 2022: 5pm CET (4pm GMT, 11am EST, 8am PST

   - Mar 2022: 5pm CET (4pm GMT, 12pm EDT, 9am PDT

   - Apr - Aug 2022: 5 pm CEST (4pm BST, 11am EDT, 8am PDT

To find out when DST changes go into effect for your country, visit

Dr. Mark William Johnson
University of Liverpool

Email: johnsonmwj1 at gmail.com
Blog: http://dailyimprovisation.blogspot.com
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