After a brief review of the seven articles included under this topic, my own contribution begins with an exposition of salient features of first order cybernetics that opened the way to the development of the second order. This is followed by an explanation of the notion of self-regulation and its implications for epistemology in general, for the philosophy of science, and for the common sense view of the world. It will be shown that the idea has historical precedents, but has only recently begun to seep into contemporary disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, psychotherapy, and education.

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