Intention of this topic is that Bill Powers work would be more recognizable in World Community.
The other day me and Bruce Nevin somehow agreed that we came to the same conclusion about how organisms basically function through “control unit organization”.(CUO) of organisms functioning. Through separate methods of thought experimenting (constructs) we came to the hypothetic conclusions about organisms being organized through functioning of net of control units, which are synhronised through Control of perception (input from sensors to central units).
That was originaly Bill Powers idea which he didn’t finnish. But his trial is by my oppinion historical as I will prove in time that he was right. I confirmed that partly in my presentation on Cybernetics Society that atomizing organism into bilions of control units which are organized into different neuron circuts and microcircuits and microcircuits … like some kind of “recursive” organization which forms general Control Units Organization of the Living Control Systems has strong scientific support. I called theory as DBCS (Dynemic Biological Control Systems). Dynamic stands for Ashby, biological for Maturana and Control Systems for Powers.
In my presentation I integrated knowledge of greatest Cyberneticians and mostly knowledge from physiology and neurophysiology.
Bruce Nevin came to that conclussion through his subjective experiences and partial integrative analysis of control units (IAPCT meeting 2021) which show clear Control Units Organization or in his words : he connected inputs and outputs in diagram which is quite similar to my diagram where I integrated knowledge from mentioned Cyberneticians and other scientific sources. It seems incredible emergence of intuition and scientific thinking. I never came with anybody (even with Bill Powers) so close to ral nature of organisms functioning although Bill Powers in his book LCS III clearly gave wide introduction to Mutlidimensional synchronization of cotrol units. I think that his work should be continued.
All in all we can conclude that Living Control Systems are conglomerat of control units which localy and general tend to homeostatic conditions in Living matter starting with “net of moleculs” as Maturana would say through RNA and DNA and microorganisms (virusses, bacteria etc.) to multi-complex organisms as human being is.
The basis for such methodology of understanding Living beings was with no doubt founded by W.T. Powers although he didn’t finnish his idea. It still waits for appropriate end.
But the “fact” is that such a “control unit” scientific thinking is the top idea in Cybernetics approach to “Control and Communication in animals and machines” (Wiener, 1960). So it represents in this moment by my oppinion the highest possible Cybernetics understanding how Living Systems function. And I think that idea represent the highest possible understanding how research of Living beings should be accomplished.
I also think that Bill Powers more than deserve that all PCT members give their part in efforts that World would see this deep insight into future development of such scientific thinking. I’m quite sure that perceptual control functioning of control units will greatly improve scientific and technological advancement in creating condtition for Life on Earth and Universe.
The implication of PCT has been also introduced into psychology. By Powers words he started with articles in 1957. In our personal conversation he convinced me that he was the first to introduce control theory into psychology. I manage to confirm that through conversation with psychologists Carver, Scheier, and Baumeister. At the end of conversation it seemed that somehow we came to agreement that Powers was the first to introduce control theory into psychology because mentioned psycholigist went out pf arguments who could be the first.
My oppinion is that beside other activities (Wiki, Powers books ets.) it would be good to present PCT on Cybernetics and Psycholigical meetings and discussions and other forms of informing public about Powers work, something like I did on Cybernetics Society. I’ll continue to attend CS and ASC meetings APA conferences etc and I’ll try to introduce Powers ideas. But if PCT members will also try to do that I suggest that we form some common understanding of PCT. There are too many versions.
All the best to all,