Category Archives: Control

Cybernetics • Regulation In Biological Systems • Selection 10

Regulation In Biological Systems Survival 10/7.[concl.]   When considering this second form [of defence] we should be careful to notice the part played by information and variety in the process.  The fencer must watch his opponent closely, and he must gain … Continue reading

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Cybernetics • Regulation In Biological Systems • Selection 9

Studies of intelligent systems, natural or artificial, tend to focus on dynamic models or symbolic models, rarely both, finding it difficult to integrate the two.  But here we are asking the synthetic question — How does a cybernetic system come … Continue reading

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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? … Continue reading

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Cybernetics • Regulation In Biological Systems • Discussion 3

Re: Cybernetics • Faisal L Kadri Maybe it will help to say a few things about the way forward … I’ll be getting back to Ashby’s text directly — it’s still the best guide I’ve found to the rudiments of … Continue reading

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Cybernetics • Regulation In Biological Systems • Selection 8

We want to understand how a species of organisms might evolve:  (1) organic means of storing formal structures capable of bearing information about an organism’s state in the world, and (2) faculties for developing artificial extensions of those means.  Keeping that goal … Continue reading

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Cybernetics • Regulation In Biological Systems • Discussion 2

Re: Systems Science • Jack Ring In the last selection we found Ashby making what may strike us initially as a surprising inference.  Starting from the assumption that “an essential function of as a regulator is that it shall block … Continue reading

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Cybernetics • Regulation In Biological Systems • Selection 7

Let’s pick up the observation Ashby made at the end of the last selection, regarding the job of a regulator, and continue with his text from there. Regulation In Biological Systems Survival 10/6.[cont.]   If is a regulator, the insertion … Continue reading

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Cybernetics • Regulation In Biological Systems • Selection 6

Regulation In Biological Systems Survival 10/6.   Regulation blocks the flow of variety.   On what scale can any particular mechanism be measured for its value or success as a regulator?  The perfect thermostat would be one that, in spite … Continue reading

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Cybernetics • Regulation In Biological Systems • Discussion 1

Re: Ontolog Forum • JA • PDM JA: We continue in pursuit of a system-theoretic answer to the question:  What are formalisms and all their embodiments in brains and computers good for? PDM: Could you also provide a brief answer … Continue reading

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Cybernetics • Regulation In Biological Systems • Selection 5

Regulation In Biological Systems Survival 10/5.[concl.]   To make the assumptions clear, here are some simple cases, as illustration.  (Inanimate regulatory systems are given first for simplicity.) (1) The thermostatically-controlled water-bath.  is its temperature, and what is desired is the … Continue reading

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