Category Archives: Ashby

Homunculomorphisms • 2

Re: John Baez • The Internal Model Principle There’s a far-ranging discussion that takes off from this point, touching on links among analogical reasoning, arrows and functors, cybernetic images, iconic versus symbolic representations, mental models, systems simulations, etc., and just … Continue reading

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Homunculomorphisms • 1

Re: John Baez • The Internal Model Principle Ashby’s book was my own first introduction to cybernetics and I recently returned to his discussion of regulation games in connection with some issues in Peirce’s theory of inquiry. In that context … Continue reading

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Forgetfulness Of Purpose • 8

Re: Peirce List Discussion • (1) • (2) Just to review, we were looking at Ashby’s example of a regulation game as given below. I observed that this gives us a triadic relation whose triples are listed next. Sungchul Ji … Continue reading

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Forgetfulness Of Purpose • 7

Re: Peirce List Discussion • Sungchul Ji I invited readers to consider Ashby’s example of a regulation game as a triadic relation whose triples are given by either one of the following tables. Sungchul Ji asked a rather good question … Continue reading

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Forgetfulness Of Purpose • 6

Just enough time for an incidental observation. Consider the table Ashby uses to describe his first example of a regulation game. A table like that is a compact way of describing a triadic relation, in this case a relation whose … Continue reading

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Forgetfulness Of Purpose • 5

Recall the game between R and D determined by the following data. Here is Ashby’s analysis of how it plays out. Examination of the table soon shows that with this particular table R can win always.  Whatever value D selects … Continue reading

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Forgetfulness Of Purpose • 4

Ashby now invites us to consider a series of games, beginning as follows. 11/3.   Play and outcome.  Let us therefore forget all about regulation and simply suppose that we are watching two players, R and D, who are engaged in … Continue reading

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