2.0/To Apply PCT to CSGnet Communications

START: [From Hank Folson (2000.01.16.2220)]

The initial format for PCT-aware posting is this: The Subject is always
stated as an objective.[An honest statement of purpose gives the reader a
clue as to what is going on inside the writer's head. This is a
self-imposed Test For The Controlled Variable.]

The objective is preceded by a number in the hierarchical format:
1.0.0.0.
The number and the Subject are separated by a forward slash "/", with no
spaces.
[The hierarchical numbering system forces attention to where the posts
are going. e.g.
logical extension or branching or detail.]

The first line of the post starts with a single word in upper case. The
word must come from a specific set which comprises: START, QUERY, PRO,
CON,
COMMENT, SPECULATION, ANECDOTE, RESEARCH, MODEL, BRANCH, END, SUMMARY,
FORMAT. This list will evolve with experience. The word indicates what is
the purpose of the post relative to the Subject. [A specific statement of
the immediate purpose.]

The colon allows you to easily search for, for example, "MODEL:" within
the
thread to find all related posts discussing the use of modeling.
[Facilitates Perception.]

Still to be decided is whether to allow only one purpose per post. The
word
is followed by a colon (:). The rest of the first line is the standard
CSGnet format for name and date to maintain compatibility. [Minimum
disturbance to the existing system.]

Note that newcomers are not shut out. To QUERY does not require or assume
any advanced knowledge. One of the main purposes is to make CSGnet a
useful
tool for newcomers, so their input is essential. [Facilitates Perceptions
of what the newcomers are controlling for.]

···

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Those who are not interested in, or are opposed to the idea of using PCT
to
develop PCT can continue to contribute to CSGnet as they have in the
past.
The only request is they do not use the PCT-aware format for subjects.
[This request should create no conflict, as no change is required of
those
who wish to continue controlling their variables as before.]

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These two related posts are primitive, intentionally incomplete, contain
errors of fact and theory, provide only rudimentary guidance and so
invite
Perceptual Control Theory based corrections additions and directions.
What
doesn't work will be corrected the next few times around the Control
Loops.... So let's start controlling those Variables!

Yours sincerely,
Henry James (Hank) Folson
President

Henry James Bicycles, Inc. 704 ELVIRA AVE. REDONDO BEACH CA 90277
Phone: 310-540-1552 Fax: 310-316-8202 Web Site: www.henryjames.com

CATEGORIZE-ME: [From Chris Cherpas (2000.01.17.0400PT)]

START: [From Hank Folson (2000.01.16.2220)]

The word must come from a specific set which comprises:
START, QUERY, PRO, CON, COMMENT, SPECULATION, ANECDOTE,
RESEARCH, MODEL, BRANCH, END, SUMMARY, FORMAT. This
list will evolve with experience.

{I was never that good at programming in Prolog either.=8^0}

=> Is it possible to (re)deconstruct a set of some previous
    posts so that one could see anotated examples of what a set
    of "PCT-aware" posts might look like? Most instructive might
    be to select a partial strand that you acknowledge as exemplary
    in same way. For instance, a "positive" case would be
    one where it you think that the collection of posts
    improves the participants' control of perceptions of some
    part of PCT (e.g., sequence-level perceptions or constraints
    on skipping levels in the hierarchy). A "negative" case,
    be a set in which cycles of ad hominem arguments appear to
    lead nowhere. Of course "positive" and "negative" are my
    designations.

=> How will the list of words evolve? Have you seen examples
    of group development of this kind of "ontology" via posts to
    a list? I haven't. Any plans for automating some data collection,
    analysis, and restructuring of content in relation to your
    categories to see what sorts of topologies fall out
    (e.g., hierarchical or sequential patterns)? Note that
    the people doing Principia Cybernetica use a form of "machine
    learning" to experiment with the semantic net structure of
    their web site, but it doesn't appear to derive from email-ed
    posts, so the recombinant elements don't enter the mix in such a
    bottom-up fashion as CSG posts.

Best regards,
cc

FORMAT: [From Hank Folson (2000.01.17.0800)]

CATEGORIZE-ME: [From Chris Cherpas (2000.01.17.0400PT)]

START: [From Hank Folson (2000.01.16.2220)]

The word must come from a specific set which comprises:
START, QUERY, PRO, CON, COMMENT, SPECULATION, ANECDOTE,
RESEARCH, MODEL, BRANCH, END, SUMMARY, FORMAT. This
list will evolve with experience.

You missed:

The word indicates what is
the purpose of the post relative to the Subject. [A specific statement of
the immediate purpose.]

Looking at what follows, my first guess is that QUERY could describe your
purpose. You are the only one that knows, so your statement of purpose
would serve you best. My intention was not to "CATEGORIZE" you!

Sincerely,
Hank Folson

704 ELVIRA AVE. REDONDO BEACH CA 90277
Phone: 310-540-1552 Fax: 310-316-8202 Web Site: www.henryjames.com

I will be completely off CSGnet for about a month for unexpected, but
positive, reasons.

Except for Chris Cherpas' post (thanks, Chris) I have had no feedback on
this thread. The lack of early response put me in an uncomfortable 'open
loop' mode. I hope the situation is temporary.

I believe it was Yogi Berra who said, "If you don't care where you're
going, you'll never get there."

Enjoy your trip :slight_smile:

Yours sincerely,
Henry James (Hank) Folson
President

Henry James Bicycles, Inc. 704 ELVIRA AVE. REDONDO BEACH CA 90277
Phone: 310-540-1552 Fax: 310-316-8202 Web Site: www.henryjames.com

[From Bruce Nevin (2000.01.19 17:23)]

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At 09:10 PM 01/18/2000 -0800, Hank Folson wrote:

I will be completely off CSGnet for about a month for unexpected, but
positive, reasons.

I will use the time (in part!) figuring out the effect in practice of your
proposals. At first blush it looks like a lot of overhead that might become
routine in time, like the fancy timestamp line only more of it.

        Bruce