Conté on printmaking paper, approx. 12″ x 17″, 2013
Cybernetics was originally posited as a method or analytic tool to describe closed-loop systems. Systems like these often exhibit characteristics of self regulation, presumably for the purpose of maintaining a steady state or near-steady state or equilibrium. The biosphere is arguably one such system, the feedback loop is maintained by a series of factors that operate in an interrelated manner including color and reflectivity of light, atmospheric gasses and their insulating effect, airborne particulates, weather patterns and cloud cover. It is not unreasonable to assume that global warming will result in a measured attempt by the biosphere to maintain a steady state.