A SIGGS information theoretic characterization of qualitative knowing: cybernetic and SIGGS theory models

  • Myrna L. Estep


My purpose here is to develop a SIGGS information theoretic characterization of qualitative knowing so as to render explicit the real and possible limitations on what are generally categorized as cybernetic models in their use for theorizing about epistemic states of affairs. I will argue that open system theoretical models are necessary conditions to an adequate information theoretic characterization of qualitative knowing. ‘Qualitative knowing’ refers to the set of formal epistemological conditions possible to obtain of a person or persons which define cognitive sensitive awareness of unique properties of persons, events, or objects. The locution ‘cognitive sensitive awareness’ can be explicated in terms of a disjunctive recursive logical structure necessary to adequately describe sensitive human behavior having cognitive significance.


Unique State Handicapped Learner Sense Impression Affect Relation General System Theory 
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