[From: Richard Pfau (2012.12.2. 2145 Nepal)
Thanks to all who provided their insights concerning the draft "Law of
As Rick Marken suggests, from a PCT perspective, the Law of Effect
seems to be repealed [ref Rick Marken (2012.11.29.2100)].
I thought we were on a roll when Martin Taylor (2012.11.29.14.44)
appeared to agree with the second sentence of the revised Law and suggested a change to the
first sentence, which, when combined with ideas from others seemed to
lead to the following "Revised Law of (Controlled) Effect":
"Body movements leading to consequences that reduce or
eliminate error signals are likely to occur again in situations
similarly perceived by an organism. Conversely, body movements that
produce, increase, or fail to eliminate error signals are less likely
to occur again in similar situations."
Does this seem a bit more on target,(especially when combined with
explanations of reorganization and other aspects of PCT, and
understanding that other body movements at other times can also lead to
similar consequences and subsequent reorganization for potential use if
another learned bodily movement doesn't work due to the effect of
disturbances) or does the statement still
seem so inconsistent with PCT as to be not worth stating?
I ask, since it seems that if PCT is to be accepted as a new paradigm
that replaces the old, bridges are needed to help those of the old
understanding move to the new. A maxim of education is to start where
the learner is and build upon his/her present knowledge. And so,
starting with a something like "The Law of Effect" that is familiar to
many who have studied psychology, and restating it in a way that helps
lead to understanding some basic PCT concepts, seems worth trying. But
then again, maybe this particular "Law" isn't worth pointing out as one
such possible bridge. In any case, it seems that if we can't start from
where people are now, and build upon at least some of their present understandings
to create insights into what PCT is all about, then PCT's entry into mainstream psychology
will take a very long time to occur.
Be that as it may, the feedback received from you-all has been
stimulating, and I am trying to take it fully into consideration.
[From the Kathmandu Valley near Swayambhunath (a Buddhist Stupa on a
hill, known to some visitors as "the Monkey Temple"), near the Himalayan
Mountain Range, where, yes, it is a bit cold, but where the friendly,
smiling people, landscape, and historic sights more than make up for
the chilliness -- (however, I must admit that it does help to wear long
underwear, wool socks, a warm sweater, and a snug hat!)]