DEM X, ENDING - RKC

From Bob Clark (930930 5:30 pm EDT)

Additions to and modifications of the Original "Portable
Demonstrator" were presented Sunday morning, August 1, 1993. The
summaries and discussions are in several parts, being posted as
completed.

I. PRESENTATION. Observer's View. "DEMO I, PRESNTATN - RKC"

II. COMMENTS. Demonstrator's View. "DEMO II, COMMENTS - RKC"

III. DISCUSSION. Experimenter's View. "DEM III, DSCUSSN - RKC"

IV. TEMPORAL VARIABLES. Analytical View. "DEM IV, TEMPORAL - RKC"

V. MECHANICAL SKILLS. Analytical View. "DEM V, MECH SKLLS - RKC"

VI. LEARNING SKILLS. Analytical View. "DEM VI, LERN SKLLS-RKC"

VII. PEOPLE SKILLS. Analytical View. "DEM VII, PEOP SKLLS-RKC"

VIII. INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE. Analytical View. "DEM VIII, IND
PERF-RKC"

IX. PERSONALITY. Multiple Views. "DEM IX, PERSONALITY-RKC"

X. ENDING THE DEMO SERIES. Multiple Views. "DEM X, ENDING - RKC"

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X. ENDING THE DEMO SERIES. Multiple Views.

This is the END of the Demo Series.

It began with the lowest level presented during the Demonstration:
"Muscle Tensions."

It continued with additional levels that could be observed in the
Demonstration.

It ends because "Personality" was the highest level I could
distinguish in the course of the Demonstration.

OBJECTIVES.

To use the properties of Negative Feedback Control Systems with a
minimum of formal, technical language.

To use the Hierarchical Principle in distinguishing among levels of
control. See BCP p 284 and Chapter 6.

To use words and concepts that would be familiar to most people,
whether or not they have more specialized language.

To require no more than minimal technical knowledge of science in
general and Control Systems in particular.

To present a Condensed Summary of a portion of the Hierarchy for
further development and improvement.

To use the Portable Demonstrator as an aid in identifying and naming
categories of perceptual variables and, likewise, in identifying and
naming their corresponding levels of control.

To find ways to more fully achieve these objectives. For this, it is
essential to have help, suggestions and insights from other people.

To indicate the Viewpoint(s) I am using.

VIEWPOINTS.

Multiple Viewpoints. That is, viewpoints are expected to shift as
topics change and as different levels are considered.

User's Viewpoint. This is the view of the one using his own systems
for his own purposes. His knowledge may be incomplete, his personal
theories may be inappropriate, or "wrong." But he does what he can.

Observer's Viewpoint. This is the view of the one observing the
performance of another person (or, perhaps, persons). He uses his
own concepts and methods for evaluation and interpretation of the
other. He may overlook significant events, his own personal theories
may be inappropriate, or "wrong." But he does what he can.

Engineer's Viewpoint. This is the view of one applying his concepts
and knowledge of the physical world to analyze and interpret the
performance of a complex array of interacting systems. He would
like, at least in principle, to be able to design an assembly of
non-living objects whose performance would be indistinguishable from
that of a human being.

Analytical Viewpoint. This is the view of one concerned with
improving his concepts and knowledge of his surroundings (NOTE:
"surroundings" is defined by the limits of his neural systems). He
shifts his attention among the other Viewpoints and among the levels
of interest. In the process of such "shifting," recordings are
formed that serve, at least partially, as a more complete, over-all
viewpoint.

COMMENTS.

The Demo Series was not planned in advance. It was developed as it
was written.

This Series consists of Condensed Summaries that need further
development and improvement. In no way is it considered "final."

The Series is not complete. Several levels of the Hierarchy have
been included, together with their relationships.

Although this ends the Demo Series, additional levels should be
explored in a similar manner.

This is the end of "ENDING THE DEMO SERIES."

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A NEW SERIES is being considered, attempting to continue the
application of the Hierarchical Principle to still higher levels. A
preliminary look suggests that it may end with an unexpected
conclusion.

The first of the New Series will be posted when available.

Regards, Bob Clark

PS -- A PERSONAL NOTE.

I suggest that you observe your own activities as you consider these
ideas.

Notice the shifting of your attention (awareness) among your
remembered items, your comparisons between alternative statements,
your application of your own theoretical notions (both professional
and personal), your projections from remembered experience
(anticipation, imagination), and your own objectives in going through
this procedure.

Examine, also, the various viewpoints from which you evaluate the
alternatives that look promising.

RKC