quote by Donna J. Haraway

A cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction.

— Donna J. Haraway

Bashful Cybernetics quotations

Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible.


First-order cybernetics is the science of observed systems;

Second-order cybernetics is the science of observing systems.

The future science of government should be called 'la cybernétique'.

The cybernetics phase of cognitive science produced an amazing array of concrete results, in addition to its long-term (often underground) influence

With the subsequent strong support from cybernetics , the concepts of systems thinking and systems theory became integral parts of the established scientific language, and led to numerous new methodologies and applications -- systems engineering, systems analysis, systems dynamics, and so on.


The future science of government should be called 'la cybernétique' (1843) Coining the French word to mean 'the art of governing,' from the Greek (Kybernetes = navigator or steersman), subsequently adopted as cybernetics by Norbert Weiner for the field of control and communication theory.

Use the word 'cybernetics', Norbert, because nobody knows what it means.

This will always put you at an advantage in arguments.

A human being always acts and feels and performs in accordance with what he imagines to be true about himself and his environment.

Emptiness is a symptom that you are not living creatively.

Our self image and our habits tend to go together.

Change one and you will automatically change the other.


We have changed. We are no longer, as I said, bipedal monkeys. We are instead a kind of cybernetic coral reef of organic components and inorganic technological components.

Live in the present. The past is gone; the future is unknown - but the present is real, and your opportunities are now.

Cybernetics is NOT the banana.

Happiness isn't something that happens to you. It is what you yourself do and determine upon.

Your nervous system cannot tell the difference between an imagined experience and a ‘real’ experience.


Should one name one central concept, a first principle, of cybernetics, it would be circularity.

If cybernetics is the science of control, management is the profession of control.

An idea accepted as true from any source can be every bit as powerful as hypnosis.

I like to think (it has to be!) of a cybernetic ecology where we are free of our labors and joined back to nature, returned to our mammal brothers and sisters, and all watched over by machines of loving grace.

The famous balance of nature is the most extraordinary of all cybernetic systems. Left to itself, it is always self-regulated.


You will act like the sort of person you conceive yourself to be.

The Frenchman Jean-PaulSartre ... had a dialectical mind good as a machine for cybernetics, immense in its way, he could peel a nuance like an onion, but he had no sense of evil, the anguish of God, and the possible existence of Satan.

Spouting quotes from Mao, Castro, and Che Guevara, which are as germane to our highly technological, computerized, cybernetic, nuclearpowered, mass media society as a stagecoach on a jet runway at Kennedy airport.

Of all the traps and pitfalls in life, self-disesteem is the deadliest, and the hardest to overcome: for it is a pit designed and dug by our own hands, summed up in the phrase, 'It's no use - I can't do it.'

Conscious effort inhibits and ‘jams’ the automatic creative mechanism.


Emptiness is a symptom that you are not living creatively.

You either have not goal that is important enough to you, or you are not using your talents and efforts in a striving toward an important goal.

Loneliness is caused by an alienation from life. It is a loneliness from your real self.

Get yourself a goal worth working for. Better still, get yourself a project.

the science of control and communication in the animal and the machine

I wrote the first book, Harvest of Stars, and as I was writing it, I saw that certain implications had barely been touched on... It's perfectly obvious that two completely revolutionary things are going on, with cybernetics, and biological science.


Great leaders understand human behavior rather than the cybernetics of any function.

Transhumanism is less about a singularity of human consciousness and more about the quasi-cybernetic peripheral adornment of gadgets, handbags and designer glasses.

Consumer transhumanism is about the quasi-cybernetic peripheral adornment of gadgets, handbags and designer glasses.

I think the cybernetic matrix is a tremendous tool for feminizing, and radicalizing, and psychedelicizing the social matrix. I see computers as entirely feminine.