[Martin Taylor 2015.10.21.16.58]
[From Rick Marken (2015.10.21.1340)]
Fascinating. You know, that could almost be a nano-review of J.G.
Taylor’s “The Behavioral Basis of Perception” ( Yale U. P, 1962),
which I reviewed for the Canadian Journal of Psychology when it came
out. I have long wished J. G. (no relation, though I came to know
him quite well) and W.T.P. had met in the 1960s or 1970s. I think
PCT would have been streets ahead by now.
I'm pretty sure that J.G. would have quickly seen that his
perception-action-perception feedback theory would not have been
appreciably altered by substituting control and reorganization for
the Hullian reinforcement he had to use, that being what he knew,
while W.T.P. would have been handed a theoretical and experimental
basis for the perceptual side of reorganization. In other words, the
way I see it now, Jim showed how the perceptions we have are built,
maintained and adapted because by controlling them we survive in the
real environment, while Bill showed how they could be organized (the
control hierarchy) and how control can adapt (reorganization). Their
theories fit like two pieces of a jigsaw, and both did plenty of
experiments and demonstrations in complete ignorance of each other
(so far as I know). Pity.
On Sun, Oct 18, 2015 at 9:53 PM, PHILIP JERAIR YERANOSIAN email@example.com
RM: One of the principle activities of the brain certainly
must be making making changes in itself. But from a PCT
perspective I like to say that the principle activity of the
brain is to provide specifications for what the brain itself
should experience. The brain provides the “specs” for
experience (perception) and the body in which the brain is
housed acts to keep keep what the brain experiences “up to
The principal activities of
brains are making changes in themselves. -Marvin
PY: What do my fellow PCTers think about this quote?