A question for Rick

[From Bruce Abbott (980918.1830 EST)]

Rick Marken (980918.1500) --

Bruce Abbott (980918.xxxx)

Sounds reasonable, although as you say, it would require
Testing. But I'm still puzzled: Why would you (or anyone
else, for that matter) control for seeing high-quality
ideas praised?

The PCT answer would be "as part of the means of controlling
some higher order perception". I don't know what that higher
order perception is off hand; a principle like "justice" or
"respect", perhaps? I think this is a job for the method of
levels.

Do you intend the praise to have some effect on the person praised? Put
another way, would you bother to praise people if you knew that praise had
no effect on them of any kind?

Regards,

Bruce

[From Rick Marken (980918.1850)]

Bruce Abbott (980918.1830 EST)

Do you intend the praise to have some effect on the person
praised?

Sometimes. Not in this case.

Put another way, would you bother to praise people if you
knew that praise had no effect on them of any kind?

Sure. In this case, the praise was just meant to control the
perception of a relatinship between a quality idea and praise.
I didn't say it in order to have some effect on Bill. In fact,
I know Bill well enough to know that he doesn't care about
(or for) praise (from anyone, even me;-)) at all. I praised
Bill's work to control my own perceptions, one of which may
also have been the perception of my own "solidarity" with Bill's
elegant reasoning.

Best

Rick

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