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