Cybernetics • Regulation In Biological Systems • Discussion 4

Re: Systems Science • (1)(2)Jack Ring

JR:
I share your appreciation of Ashby’s work.  However it seems to reflect the deductive approach typical of males as contrasted to the inductive approach typical of females.  Make sense?

A tutorial introduction to a scientific subject is necessarily bound by considerations both rhetorical and logical.

  • Rhetoric, classically speaking, concerns those forms of argument which consider the audience, that is, which take into account the receiver’s operating characteristics and prior state of information.
  • Logic, especially the “Logic of Science” conceived in a line of thinking from Aristotle through C.S. Peirce, requires abductive as well as deductive and inductive reasoning and divides their duties in a different way than dualist accounts of scientific inference.

The following project report contains more information about the triadic model of scientific inquiry.

Reference

  • Ashby, W.R. (1956), An Introduction to Cybernetics, Chapman and Hall, London, UK.  Republished by Methuen and Company, London, UK, 1964.  Online.

cc: Cybernetics • Ontolog (1)(2) • Structural Modeling (1)(2) • Systems Science (1)(2)

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