A Control Theory View of Human Performance

I'm taking another crack at trying to lay out a simplified, plain language
view of human behavior a la control theory. Two and a half pages are
attached; just the very beginnings of the paper but I'd appreciate checks
by anyone interested to see if my explication is consistent with control
theory. Remember, this is not a treatise on control theory per se but
intended as a look at human performance through control theory glasses. I
haven't yet started with the implications; that will be next. All I'm
trying to do right now is to see if I've got the very, very basic
explication of control theory in plain language right.

Fred Nickols
nickols@safe-t.net
www.nickols.us

A Control Theory View of Human Performance.pdf (128 Bytes)

[From Bill Powers (2003.03.09.1303 MST)]

Fred Nicols (2003.03.09) --

I'm taking another crack at trying to lay out a simplified, plain language
view of human behavior a la control theory. Two and a half pages are
attached; just the very beginnings of the paper but I'd appreciate checks
by anyone interested to see if my explication is consistent with control
theory.

It looks fine, Fred. I have difficulty imagining how it will look to
someone who has never heard of control theory, but I suppose you have some
guinea pigs of that sort to try it out on. Nice, simple, clear writing.

Best,

Bill P.

[From Fred Nickols (2003.03.09.1545 ET)] --

Thanks, Bill, I'll keep working on it. Yes, I have some guinea
pigs. We'll see what kinds of noises they make when I drop it in their
food bowl.

Fred Nickols

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[From Bill Powers (2003.03.09.1303 MST)]

Fred Nicols (2003.03.09) --

I'm taking another crack at trying to lay out a simplified, plain language
view of human behavior a la control theory. Two and a half pages are
attached; just the very beginnings of the paper but I'd appreciate checks
by anyone interested to see if my explication is consistent with control
theory.

It looks fine, Fred. I have difficulty imagining how it will look to
someone who has never heard of control theory, but I suppose you have some
guinea pigs of that sort to try it out on. Nice, simple, clear writing.

Best,

Bill P.

from [ Marc Abrams (2003.03.08.1629)]

Bravo Fred !!!! A great effort. Can I distribute the paper?, Pleeeeeeease
:slight_smile:

Marc

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I'm taking another crack at trying to lay out a simplified, plain language
view of human behavior a la control theory. Two and a half pages are
attached; just the very beginnings of the paper but I'd appreciate checks
by anyone interested to see if my explication is consistent with control
theory. Remember, this is not a treatise on control theory per se but
intended as a look at human performance through control theory glasses. I
haven't yet started with the implications; that will be next. All I'm
trying to do right now is to see if I've got the very, very basic
explication of control theory in plain language right.

Fred Nickols
nickols@safe-t.net
www.nickols.us

[From Fred Nickols (2003.03.09.2013 ET)] --

Thanks for the kind words. At some point in what I hope is the not too
distant future you might be able to distribute the finished paper; you may
not distribute the current version. It is simply a start, far from
complete and in need of serious polishing. I was just checking to see if I
had it basically right ("it" being the basics of control theory).

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At 04:36 PM 3/9/2003 -0500, you wrote:

>From [ Marc Abrams (2003.03.08.1629)]

Bravo Fred !!!! A great effort. Can I distribute the paper?, Pleeeeeeease
:slight_smile:

Marc

> I'm taking another crack at trying to lay out a simplified, plain language
> view of human behavior a la control theory. Two and a half pages are
> attached; just the very beginnings of the paper but I'd appreciate checks
> by anyone interested to see if my explication is consistent with control
> theory. Remember, this is not a treatise on control theory per se but
> intended as a look at human performance through control theory glasses. I
> haven't yet started with the implications; that will be next. All I'm
> trying to do right now is to see if I've got the very, very basic
> explication of control theory in plain language right.
>
> Fred Nickols
> nickols@safe-t.net
> www.nickols.us
>

from [ Marc Abrams (2003.03.08.2218) ]

[From Fred Nickols (2003.03.09.2013 ET)] --

Thanks for the kind words. At some point in what I hope is the not too
distant future you might be able to distribute the finished paper;

OK :-). I'll await your go ahead.

Marc

[From Fred Nickols (2003.03.18.0901 ET)] --

Thanks to those of you who commented on the first few pages of the paper on
which I'm working. I've drafted a few more pages and the current version
of the paper is attached. As before, I'd much appreciate comments from
anyone willing to take the time to read and respond to the attachment.

Regards,

Fred Nickols
nickols@safe-t.net
www.nickols.us

A Control Theory View of Human Performance v1.3.doc (133 Bytes)

[From Bruce Gregory (2003.0318.1415)]

Fred Nickols (2003.03.18.0901 ET)

Thanks to those of you who commented on the first few pages of the paper on
which I'm working. I've drafted a few more pages and the current version
of the paper is attached. As before, I'd much appreciate comments from
anyone willing to take the time to read and respond to the attachment.

Oh, dear. I'm afraid the apostrophe police will get you for "Powers'
term." According to Strunk and White only Jesus gets a singular
possessive by adding an apostrophe. If this is true, you should say
"Powers's term." On the other hand, considering Bill's status...

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