[From: Richard Pfau (2013.08.14 11:42 EDT)]
Regarding: `[Martin Taylor 2013.08.13.17.47]
MT: Comment p67 start of section “Control System Dynamics”: Bill says we are
not adapted to deal with surprises such as the sudden appearance of a
dangerous predator, or in the contemporary context, a blowout on the
highway. I suspect that if our ancestors had not been adapted to deal
quickly with potentially lethal surprises, we would not be here.
RP: I have looked at p. 67 and don't see that Bill says what you say he says. That is, he does not say that "we are not adapted to deal with suprises such as the sudden appearance of a dangerous predator, or in the contemporary context, a blowout on the highway".
He does write that "***Our control systems have acquired a speed of error correction just fast enough to prevent natural disturbances from having significant effects on what we perceive and control."*** For our ancestors, controlling for the sudden appearance of dangerous predators would seem to have been within the error control of at least some of them (ex., they might have stood still or hidden, climbed a tree or fled, or fought with the tools that they had, such reactions being consistent with the "fight or flight" response" or "general adaptive syndrome" build into us).
Although blowouts on highways did not occur long ago, natural situations requiring similar reaction times and speeds of error correction presumable did, such as perhaps suddenly slipping and starting to fall down a hillside, avoiding a falling rock, and similar sudden situations.
And so, although the first sentence of your statement seems to be a misstatement, your second sentence seems correct and is consistent with what Bill wrote.