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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Cybernetics and Psychology
Location: Zoom
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Robert Johannson has experience as a systems thinker, an antipoverty activist, a playwright, a Shakespeare scholar, an accountant, a member of Winnipeg City Council, an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada, a teacher of parenting courses, a systems administrator, and is currently a member of the Green Party. He is happily married and has three amazing children and five remarkable grandchildren. He hopes his book Green Rising: An Alternative Future will help build a better world for them.
The presentation provides an alternative to behaviorism. Instead of looking at the mind as a mechanical object driven by outside forces, it looks at the mind as a subject, as a process of communication and control (cybernetics) that is purpose driven, and has mental models, and decision-making processes. It provides a theoretical basis for cognitive therapies.