From Knowledge Cybernetics to Feng Shui


  • Maurice Isaac Yolles Liverpool John Moores University


Viable Systems, Taoism, Feng Shui, Metaphor


Feng Shui is a Chinese Taoist methodology that explores the harmony and balance of landscapes, and there is no equivalent to it in the West. Its metaphors are quite impenetrable for scientists, and this paper attempts to explore the principles of Taoism within the context of the science of cybernetics, and in particular knowledge cybernetics. The synergy that develops enables the metaphors of Tao to be expressed in terms that may be understood through Western metaphors.

Author Biography

Maurice Isaac Yolles, Liverpool John Moores University

Professor on management systems, Liverpool Business School.



How to Cite

Yolles, M. I. (2006). From Knowledge Cybernetics to Feng Shui. Proceedings of the 50th Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2006, Sonoma, CA, USA. Retrieved from



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