(gavin Ritz 2011.11.06.16.00NZT)
[From Rick Marken
Gavin Ritz (2011.11.06.10.41NZT)
Is there no interest in
this on the list?
GR: Can anyone send me to the
appropriate documents (books) on the key
propositions(s) of PCT?
I’m looking at a whole bunch of
theories and comparing them to each other. I
want the original proposition of the
RM: How about sending what you see as the
“propositions” of the
theories to which you are comparing PCT
because I’m not sure I know
what a “proposition” of a theory
A proposition is a declarative statement that the theory goes out
to prove either true or false. There may be a few propositions. In other words
the key tenets of the theory.
The theory goes out to prove these key propositions with evidence,
tests, modelling, and observational corroboration etc.
If pressed, I would say that
there is only one proposition of PCT:
Behavior is the control of
Okay thank you
I would just add: that is all ye know
on earth, and all
ye need to know (apologies to John Keats).
Is this another proposition of PCT or is this just you pulling my
leg. Because it may be a proposition “PCT
is all you need to know about behaviour and no other theories are
required.” is very much a proposition.
Should this be added as a proposition?
Could one add these,
And “organisms control perceptual input, not motor
And “this specific control system acts to keep perceptions
matching references of what perceptions should be?”
And “Behaviour of a living control system is the control of perception,
The feedback model is very much specific to PCT and no other
Would you say that PCT has proved these propositions to be true?
(I’m not interested in my opinions here, but list members opinions)
That is if you regard some of those declarative statements to be an
appropriate description of its propositions.