[From Rick Marken (2013.02.17.1030)]
Fred Nickols (2013.02.17.0913 AZ)–
FN: The link is to a 2 min video about the wiring of the brain.
There MIGHT be a connection to PCT somewhere, someday, MAYBE.
RM: Thanks Fred. Those are very pretty pictures. It would be nice if they could include in the map a color code that distinguishes the afferent and efferent fibers and the places where they synapse (comparators). Maybe that would give hints about the structure of the control organizations. As it is this looks like another very high tech way of getting neurological data (like fMRI) that is used to detect rather gross behavioral correlations (like a correlation between certain aspects of the brain scan picture with behavioral measures like “dyslexia”) whose value is not clear at all.
Actually this post of yours is related to something I was thinking about and planned to post on anyway this morning: is CSGNet – and email correspondence in general – old hat? I was thinking about it because the traffic on CSGNet is rather low compared to the old days, and limited to a very few people. This made me wonder whether internet communications these days have moved from email to “social media” venues, like Facebook and Twitter. I’ve used Facebook for some conversations and found it quite unpleasant – the amount of space for writing was very limited, at least back a couple years ago, and the people I was talking with seemed like the kind of “thinkers” I’ve heard on right wing radio-- and I have no idea what Twitter is about or why anyone would want to use it. But it seems like these are the new ways of communicating in the Modern World.
So I wonder, is CSGNet obsolete? Should we be using other media venues to discuss perceptual control theory and related issues? Has the Modern World finally passed me by? I still believe in publishing scholarly research in peer reviewed journals. But CSGNet used to be a great medium for debate, new research ideas and just keeping up with the latest in the field. But it started back in 1990 – so it’s over twenty years old. Is it time to think about changing the medium for the message? I hope there are some young people out there (and some hep older ones too) who are willing to share some ideas about this. If nothing else, maybe someone could tell me why (and how) one would want to use Twitter.