"Feedback too slow?" Bull!

[From Fred Nickols (970224.1815 EST)]

I'm not sure I understand all that has been said about "feedback
too slow" (and I know I haven't read all of it so I'm not referring
to any of it), but it strikes me that singing (by someone who can
"carry a tune" as they say) is a case in point of feedback not being
too slow. My grasp of things tells me that we utter a sound, hear it,
compare it with our internal reference, and adjust it so it sounds
the way it should -- all so quickly that an external observer is
unable to detect the front-end adjustment. We DO NOT utter the
sound correctly because we have imagined how it should sound and then
utter it that way. This, I believe, is pretty widely accepted (and,
somewhere, I believe, there is some research to support it).

On a related note (no pun intended), I am more perhaps more optimistic
than others on this list about the future prospects for PCT. Recently,
I wrote a paper intended for some training and development and human
performance technology types that was titled "The Autonomous Performer."
(Y'all can probably guess the thrust of what I had to say.) Frankly,
it is sparking more interest than I would have wagered and might even
lead to some consulting work. From my perspective, PCT (especially
Bill Powers' B:CP) is a long way from being out of the running and has
a chance still to turn things over. Scientific respect will come with
economic success; scientists, after all are, like the rest of us, very
finely tuned to the input side of things.

Anyway, I aim to have a lot of fun and maybe make a little money with
this PCT thing. I think it's a darn sight better model than any other
that is floating around and accounts for most of what goes on in today's
workplace. In any case, that's where I'll play with it -- and I'll give
odds that I do all right.

My regards to a very good group of thinkers . . . and my deepest and
genuine respects to Mr. William T. Powers for Behavior: The Control of
Perception (and for one hell of a lot of persistence).

Frederick W. Nickols
Executive Director
Strategic Planning & Management Services
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08520
(609) 734-5077 (W)
(609) 490-1271 (H)

[From Bill Powers (970224.2005 MST)]

Fred Nickols (970224.1815 EST) --

It's very heartening to get a vote of confidence from someone who signs his
letters the way you do.


Bill P.