[From Bob Clark (930509.2130 EDT)]
I find the CSG Group is repeatedly concerned with getting some kind
of recognition from the "Scientific Community." This is a losing game
-- the "Scientists" hold the cards. They select the Independent
Variables, the Dependent Variables, the Time Scale -- and arrange to
have any relevant Reference Levels held constant. Any deviation from
these rules guarantees rejection.
Instead, how about working with Applications of HPCT? I've been
doing it, informally, for about 30 years. This can be done without
having to teach anyone the special lingo used in HPCT -- most of the
key concepts needed in HPCT are already available in everyday
language. One only needs to look for them. The applications could
be presented (possibly for publication?) in a form that shows how
these methods work and how the ordinary language of application can
be expressed in generalized abstract theoretical terms. After all, a
great many "practical" applications were used in many fields long
before "modern" theoretical methods were developed.
APPLICATIONS THAT HPCT MIGHT EXPLORE
Learning in contrast to teaching
Conflict Resolution -- internal, interpersonal, intergroup, etc
Government -- at all levels
Argument vs Persuasion
Marketing & Sales
Decision Making -- by Groups
Development: individual, species
Genetically detemined neural systems
Quite a list -- presented here "off the top of my head." Most of
these have concerned me at one time or another, and seem to be to be
highly relevant to HPCT treatment.
In several places, in BCP, Bill notes some uncertainty, and expects
later additions and revisions. I find the "established" designations
of higher levels very logical -- but not very useful in attempting to
work with "real people." Sometimes the PCTers don't look very "real"
I wonder what "reactions" -- if any -- this post will bring.
Regards, Bob Clark