The Greek word Nous is a philosophical term for the mind or intellect. Outside of a philosophical context, it is often used in English to denote “common sense” – although the Greek context usually applies. Nous has evolved in the English language into the word ‘noetics’. Therefore, InterNoetics loosely translates to ‘The Internet Mind and Intellect’. A broader morphism of the word Internoetics could mean internet-ethics – or the ‘Internet philosophy’… which points towards the importance of knowledge and the pursuit of vocational excellence. Sharing information and ideas, collaboration, feedback and discussion is the basis of this online platform.
Cybernetics is the study of feedback and derived concepts such as communication and control in living organisms, machines and organisations. Its focus is how anything (digital, mechanical or biological) processes information, reacts to information, and changes or can be changed to better accomplish the first two tasks. The term cybernetics stems from the Greek kybernetes (steersman, governor, pilot, or rudder – the same root as government). Cybernetics is a broad field of study, but the essential goal of cybernetics is to understand and define the functions and processes of systems that have goals, and that participate in circular, causal chains that move from action to sensing to comparison with desired goal, and again to action. Studies in cybernetics provide a means for examining the design and function of any system – including social systems such as business management, social networks and organisational learning – for the purpose of making information models more efficient and effective. As such, InterNoetics is about information management, organisational learning, collaberation, feedback and discussion – and making information, blogging and coding more workable and efficient.
In essence, the domain name was chosen to reflect the core values, virtues and and code of the authors of this site in one all encompassing word.
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