Hi, just a share here from the high correlation between what is known as the Paul-Elder model of critical thinking (here what is called the elements of critical thinking) and control theory in general.
The Paul-Elder model of critical thinking identify 8 “elements” which constitute the logic of a subject, those are assumptions, informations, concept, questions, goals, point of view, inference and implications.
These elements appears to define the parts of a control system (here a perceptual control system), so linguistics logical structures appears to be control systems in themselves, which can be transferred symbolically through some to be discovered memetics process.
Here’s the high correlation between the Paul-Elder model and control theory in general as given by ChatGPT-4:
Question: “Analyze the field of control theory using the Paul-Elder model’s element of reasoning.”
Answer: "The Paul-Elder model of critical thinking outlines systematic and methodological processes of reasoning. Analyzing the field of control theory, which studies how to manipulate the parameters affecting the behavior of a system to produce a desired or optimal outcome, using this model can be done as follows:
Purpose: The purpose of control theory is to understand and define the principles and actions that can be manipulated to guide a system to a desired state. This can be applied to various fields from engineering to economics and biology.
Question at Issue: The key problem control theory addresses is, ‘How can characteristics of a system be manipulated to achieve predetermined goals?’ or ‘What needs to be controlled to ensure a system operates as desired?’
Information: This involves the understanding of a system’s structure and function, the factors that can affect its state, and the ways these factors can be manipulated. In engineering, this could involve dynamic systems data, while in biological systems, it might include physiological data.
Interpretation and Inference: Based on the available data, hypotheses are drawn up regarding the control variables. Models and simulations are often created to infer how a system might behave under certain influences.
Concepts: Some of the key concepts of control theory include variables, inputs, states, outputs, feedback, control, stability, disturbance, and optimality.
Assumptions: Control theory assumes that a system’s outcomes can be controlled by manipulating certain variables. It also presumes that the system and its components can be modeled accurately.
Implications and Consequences: The implementation of control theory can lead to the successful operation of various systems, from maintaining the stability of an aircraft, optimizing a production line, controlling the spread of a virus, etc. However, inaccurate models or actions can lead to undesirable results, and in some cases, can be dangerous.
Points of View: Various stakeholders might have different perspectives, such as system designers, end-users, and those affected by the output of the control system.
In short, understanding control theory using the Paul-Elder model requires one to contextualize it, understand its purpose and central questions, gather and interpret relevant information, identify key concepts, understand its assumptions and consider the various points of view related to it."
I think using the Paul-Elder model to model the logic of different topics can be enhanced with other control theory concepts such as variables, inputs, outputs, stability, disturbance, etc, to more precisely model the control system that is behind a concept or a field.
Perhaps, trying to map out these different parts of the Paul-Elder model to the functioning of a toilet or a water clock might better illustrate how they relates to the different important parts of perceptual control systems in general.