Monthly Archives: September 2015

Forgetfulness Of Purpose • 3

Here is the first part of Ashby’s setup for the schematic example I had in mind. Requisite Variety 11/1.   In the previous chapter we considered regulation from the biological point of view, taking it as something sufficiently well understood.  … Continue reading

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Forgetfulness Of Purpose • 2

I had planned to get down to brass tacks as quickly as possible, with an object example from Ashby’s Cybernetics that made an impression on me at an early stage in my thinking about intelligent systems.  But while I was … Continue reading

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Forgetfulness Of Purpose • 1

Naturally I had purposes and reflected on my purposes for as long as I can remember but I don’t think I thought about the concept of purpose in a systematic way until I began taking courses on cybernetics and systems … Continue reading

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You Say “Réseau” • I Say “Rousseau” • 3

Re: Michael Harris • My Réseau • Networks in Action in French Economics Readers of Peirce know that the concept of community is integral to his treatment of inquiry, interpretation, knowledge, reality, and truth.  The following statement is a nice … Continue reading

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You Say “Réseau” • I Say “Rousseau” • 2

Re: Michael Harris • My Réseau • Networks in Action in French Economics No true Peircean could fail to be reminded of the following statement whenever the subjects of community or reality come up. The real, then, is that which, … Continue reading

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You Say “Réseau” • I Say “Rousseau” • 1

Re: Michael Harris • My Réseau • Networks in Action in French Economics The above two posts by Michael Harris sparked a series of reflections that I have yet to reign in fully but I thought I might pause a … Continue reading

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In the Way of Inquiry • Objections to Reflexive Inquiry

Inquiry begins when an automatic routine or normal course of activity is interrupted and agents are thrown into doubt concerning what is best to do next and what is really true of their situation.  If this interruptive aspect of inquiry … Continue reading

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In the Way of Inquiry • Reconciling Accounts

Note.  More drafty thoughts I’ll need to air out over the next few days. The reader may share with the author a feeling of discontent at this juncture, attempting to reconcile the formal intentions of this inquiry with the cardinal … Continue reading

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In the Way of Inquiry • Material Exigency

Note.  Copy from my last draft that I’ll need to rewrite over the next few days. On the other hand, I have cast this project as an empirical inquiry, proposing to represent experimental hypotheses in the form of computer programs.  … Continue reading

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