Attention is for changing

[From Dag Forssell (980407.1100)]

[Bruce Nevin (980406.2212 EDT)]

(In passing: imagination appears to me to be a lot wilder

and woolier than what the imagination loop seems to model. What artists,
composers, and poets do is considerably more complex than the appearance
of control by substituting a copy of the reference signal in place of the
perceptual input. This is in my view a major oversimplification or
misdirection in B:CP.)

Bruce, if you send me your snail mail address, I will send you the first
video tape from the 1994 CSG conference with my compliments. I presented an
interpretation of how memory is integrated in the entire, always active,
hierarchical control system. I suggested that this explains how people jump
to conclusions, anticipate what will be said, and live in their own worlds.
I still think that it was a pretty good explanation of how HPCT works, but
I am biased, of course.

I have continued to think along the lines I presented at that time, and
would welcome comment or criticism from you or anyone else who has the tape.

Best, Dag

Dag Forssell
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[Bruce Nevin (980703.1930 EDT)]

Dag Forssell (980407.1100)--

Being sick, I took time out from grouting tile to watch those tapes at
last. Your ideas about "imagination always switched on" accord with mine.
As you said, it may give a plausible way of accounting for lots of "fill in
the gaps" aspects of our experience. Other aspects of your talk applied
preternaturally well to our recent discussion of coercion.

No additional comment just now, but I'm sure there'll be opportunities to
talk further.

I'm including your entire message for context because it's short and it's
been three months since it was posted.

  Bruce Nevin

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[Bruce Nevin (980406.2212 EDT)]

(In passing: imagination appears to me to be a lot wilder

and woolier than what the imagination loop seems to model. What artists,
composers, and poets do is considerably more complex than the appearance
of control by substituting a copy of the reference signal in place of the
perceptual input. This is in my view a major oversimplification or
misdirection in B:CP.)

Bruce, if you send me your snail mail address, I will send you the first
video tape from the 1994 CSG conference with my compliments. I presented an
interpretation of how memory is integrated in the entire, always active,
hierarchical control system. I suggested that this explains how people jump
to conclusions, anticipate what will be said, and live in their own worlds.
I still think that it was a pretty good explanation of how HPCT works, but
I am biased, of course.

I have continued to think along the lines I presented at that time, and
would welcome comment or criticism from you or anyone else who has the tape.

Best, Dag