The book contains two essays on self-regulating systems, whereby the homeostatic constant is the recreation of the organised system. Using self-referential and unitary terms, the authors present the process of cognition, identity, and the phenomenal domain for the system before embarking on issues of consciousness and social implications.
From an epistemological perspective, the ontogeny is described somewhat similarly to Dewey, in Psychology, whereby all knowledge is described as self-knowledge.
Stafford Beer's preface is worthy, such as, for instance, his assertion that 'It (the book) is not about analysis, but synthesis. It does not play the game of categories. And it does not interrelate disciplines; it transcends them.' -- HuwLloyd