The term cybernetics denotes the theory of intercausal navigational networks that form the basis for communication and organisation processes in dynamical systems.
Cybernetics forms a metatheoretical superstructure for several individual but related fields like communication theory, systems science, connectionism or decision theory. Yet, applied cybernetics serves as a auxiliary basic science for different practical fields, e. g. biology, psychology, medicine and technology.
Branches of cybernetics are:
- Systems theory
- Network theory (diktyology)
- Information theory
- Decision theory
- Game theory
- Biological Cybernetics deals with problems and applications of cybernetics in biological and ecological research.
- Medical cybernetics investigates intercausal networks in human biology, medical decision making and information processing structures in the living organism, including the transistion from health to disease and vice versa.