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Constructivist Foundations 2005, vol. 1, no. 1 13 Ceci n'est pas Heinz von Foerster
 

Summary: Constructivist Foundations 2005, vol. 1, no. 1 13
Ceci n'est pas Heinz von Foerster
1995, the Leo Apostel Centre in Brus-
sels, Belgium, organised an interna-
tional conference called"Einstein meets Mag-
ritte". Nobel prize winner Ilya Prigogine held
the opening lecture at the conference, and
Heinz von Foerster's lecture was scheduled
last. He was the oldest among the invited
speakers, and Prigogine was the second-old-
est. Heinz von Foerster, having noticed this
arrangement, commented at the conference
dinner, "I am the oldest, and Prigogine is the
second-oldest. He opened the conference and
I will close it, that is really perfect".
Heinz von Foerster was enchanted by the
conference theme "Einstein meets Magritte"
and ­ in the spirit of surrealist Belgian painter
René Magritte ­ had chosen an appropriate
title for his talk: "Ceci n'est pas Albert Ein-

  

Source: Aerts, Diederik - Leo Apostel Centre, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

 

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