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Threads from CSGnet

Threads and posts listed here offer a sampling of the issues and insight discussed among members of the Control Systems Group on the E-mail network CSGnet (or CSG-L). Some of the files hold individual posts, while other files are collections of posts in sequence on a similar subject, sometimes in heated debate. Posts are not edited, but simply selected and copied from the listserver archive.

Most of these essays and postings from CSGnet were selected in 1994 and 1995. At the time, I was focusing on PCT full time and made the effort to format email messages for what has become the CSGnet archive. I distributed a floppy disk with this collection in the form of ASCII text files at the time. These text files has been posted, such as with the title: “The Best of CSGnet” with the file name extension .html, which destroys formatting and renders ASCII figures unintelligible because a browser displays a sequence of spaces as one.

Back in 1995, file names had to conform to the DOS specification, 12345678.ABC. Here, these same file names have been spelled out, but are still short in the spirit of the original file names.  For example, the original file ABNORMAL.PHY is now AbnormalPhysics.pdf. Traces of this file naming remain.

Now, printed to pdf files, the original formatted Word files are reproduced properly.

For much more, see the complete CSGnet archive, available for download here at www.pctresources.com. This archive is searchable and up-to-date.

The files available here are no substitute for reading the literature that has grown up based on Powers’s work. See www.livingcontrolsystems.com for information and a summary of literature.

Behavior: The Control of Perception is the basic book on PCT. The best essays by Bill Powers are collected in Living Control Systems I & II. The best series of computer demos are documented in Living Control Systems III.

Many documents contain illustrations created on the computer screen using the ASCII characters found on the keyboard.  Care has been taken to insert page breaks so ASCII illustrations are displayed whole before the source Word files were printed to PDF

Dag Forssell, Hayward, June 2014

File list:

Short description

Pages

Filename

 

 

 

This web page as pdf. Listing 89 posts and threads.

3

ThreadsFromCSGnet.pdf

 

 

 

Evidence of control is all around us

2

AbnormalPhysics.pdf

Powers and Petrie at AERA, 1995

6

AERA_PCT.pdf

HPCT difference Simulation – Inverse Kinematics

6

AnimationSimulation.pdf

By Any Other Name: the word Control

2

AnyOtherName.pdf

Clever Deception Unmasked

7

AprilFool.pdf

On Autism and Belief

10

Autism.pdf

Definitions of Behavior

3

BehaviorDefinition.pdf

The Hierarchical Behavior of Perception

12

BehaviorOfPerception.pdf

PCT intro to Business Process Reengineering list

9

BusProcessReengin.pdf

Proposal: Center for the Study of Living Control Systems

11

CenterProposal.pdf

Clarity of writing and thought. Belief and knowledge

33

Clarity.pdf

Collecting data about behavioral regularities

4

CollectingData.pdf

Bad data illustrated

6

Correlation.pdf

Logical and sub-logical analysis

2

CrowdLogic.pdf

Posts on Cybernetics and Systems Theory

54

Cybernetics.pdf

Defining control. Review of literature

15

DefiningControl.pdf

Behaviorist terms. Theory, imagery, language

5

DefiningTerms.pdf

Degrees of freedom; a technical consideration

6

DegreesOfFreedom.pdf

Explanation and clinical terminology

6

Depression.pdf

Descartes' Error, An Anthropologist on Mars

3

DescartesError.pdf

Misunderstandings and distortions.  See also Dispute_pct.pdf

69

DevilsBibliography.pdf

The Dispute over PCT.  See also DevilsBibliography.pdf

48

Dispute_PCT.pdf

Dormitive principles: Non-explanations

2

DormitivePrinciples.pdf

Economics: Interaction of Living Control Systems

13

Economics.pdf

What PCT has to say about education

5

Education.pdf

PCT includes and explains emotion and feelings

8

Emotion.pdf

Posts about engineering, terminology, and PCT

26

Engineering_PCT.pdf

Break out of Stimulus -> Response thinking

7

Epiphanies.pdf

Action always equal and opposite disturbance

6

EqualAndOpposite.pdf

The Fable of the Radio. By Greg Williams

3

FableOfRadio.pdf

Glasser, Book review, Foreword, New View Publ.

21

Glasser.pdf

Half an hour in the life of an HPCT system

1

GottaPee.pdf

Stories, Skepticism, Belief versus Knowledge

27

Gullibility.pdf

Explanations, theories, models: harping on a theme

21

HarpingTheme.pdf

Hiawatha's poem on statistics

6

Hiawatha.pdf

Monthly introduction to CSGnet

12

IntroCSGnet.pdf

Introduction to Perceptual Control Theory

2

IntroductionToPCT.pdf

Objective modeling vs direct experience

3

Knowing.pdf

Article on neural networks

8

Lobsters.pdf

On modeling behavior using control theory

2

ModelingUsingPCT.pdf

Dormitive principles: Non-explanations

1

Moliere.pdf

Morality from an HPCT perspective

3

Morality.pdf

About responding to newcomers

6

Newcomer_all.pdf

A psychologist joins CSGnet

111

Newcomer_one.pdf

A skeptical engineer joins CSGnet. Albus

178

Newcomer_two.pdf

PCT, behavioral theories and ordinary experience

3

OldIdeas_PCT.pdf

Thread on the theme of an "open mind,"

5

OpenMind.pdf

PCT and other theories

2

OtherTheories.pdf

Posts on the levels of perception

26

PerceptLevels.pdf

Philosophical musings on obviousness and PCT

1

Perspectives.pdf

The end of physics and other comments

6

PhysicsEnd.pdf

Policing PCT purity and correctness

3

Policing_PCT.pdf

Avoid making that committment to ANY belief

3

PowerCurve.pdf

A primer on PCT computer modeling

16

ProgrammingPrimer.pdf

Event and property centered explanations

2

Properties.pdf

Terminology of purposive behavior

3

PurposiveTerminology.pdf

A short comment on Ed Ford's therapy

2

QualityTime.pdf

A reasonable set of comments and questions

8

Questions_PCT.pdf

Experience, Reality, and HPCT

4

Reality.pdf

Rubber Band Demo to Real Life

2

RealLife.pdf

Control Theory vs. Reinforcement theory

144

ReinforcementTheory.pdf

Religion and belief. Belief overrides evidence

8

Religion.pdf

A Clinicians view of Reorganization

3

Reorganization.pdf

Posts on replication of experiments

9

Replication.pdf

Defining PCT research. Examples and discussion

101

Research_PCT.pdf

PCT Introduction and Resource Guide

13

Resources_PCT.pdf

Posts on responsibility

18

Responsibility.pdf

Rotten apples: solipsism; learning

3

RottenApples.pdf

Appearance of a higher power

3

ScienceFiction.pdf

Musings on science, American psychology

5

ScientificPsychology.pdf

Scientific rumor mill

2

ScientificRumors.pdf

Shocking experiments with rats. More PCT research

34

ShockingExperiments.pdf

Open loop faster and simpler

3

SimplerFaster.pdf

Skinners Mistake.  Essay by Bill Powers

6

SkinnersMistake.pdf

Social control (systems)

2

SocialControl.pdf

Comparing HPCT and social organization

3

SocialOrganization.pdf

On Kent McClelland's paper about social power

4

SocialPower.pdf

Discussion of Operant conditioning.  Funny!

12

StarTrek.pdf

Independent Variable - Dependent Variable

2

Study_IV_DV.pdf

Tendencies and biases

2

TendenciesBiases.pdf

The "tough sell" of PCT and social interactions

18

ToughSell.pdf

Controlled versus controlling; a tutorial

5

Tutorial_PCT.pdf

Behavior understandable - at least up to a point

2

UpToAPoint.pdf

PCT:  Old knowledge with new language?

3

UsesOf_PCT.pdf

Is PCT really about violence?

2

Violence_PCT.pdf

Virtual Reality conference

4

VirtualReality.pdf

Words, meanings, computations

4

VoltageDigital.pdf

What is science? - Theory, look for evidence?

3

WhatIsScience.pdf

Words and models

3

WordsModels.pdf

 

 



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