Posts Tagged ‘model’

Your first time here? Welcome, I'm glad you've dropped in.... David Soul (aka Bricoleur)
Int. J. Systems Sci., 1970, vol. 1, No. 2, 89-97
Roger C. Conant
Department of Information Engineering, University of Illinois, Box 4348, Chicago,

Illinois, 60680, U.S.A.
and W. Ross Ashby
Biological Computers Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61801,

[Received 3 June 1970]

The design of a complex regulator often includes the making of a model of the system to be regulated. The making of such a model has hitherto been regarded as optional, as merely one of many possible ways.

Tags: Ashby, control, model, regulator, Systems


Javier Livas’ videos on cybernetics

   Posted by: Bricoleur    in Management Cybernetics

Javier Livas’ videos on cybernetics in the sequence preferred by the author: all of them in YouTube:

Tags: cybernetics, model, Organization, Stafford Beer, Viable System Model

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Teaching the Viable Systems Model to people without an organizational setting to frame the exercise can be challenging. It is not easy to introduce new ideas and terms in the abstract and help people gain facility in their application without examples. Case studies are helpful here but there is another alternative… <article>

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Tags: model, teaching, VSM


Forecasting human behaviour carries big risks

   Posted by: Bricoleur    in Theories & Models

Computerised forecasting techniques are certainly useful for stores, but flawed when it comes to complex human issues…..

“You can get a good model statistically that fits well for a group but it doesn’t predict well for individuals, ” he says (David Cooke, professor of forensic clinical psychology at the Douglas Inch Centre and Glasgow Caledonian University). “

Tags: Clinical psychology, Cognitive Science, Human behavior, law, model, Psychology, Social Sciences


Blame the culture

   Posted by: Bricoleur    in Odds & Sods, Theories & Models

Vigilante Veneration

Vigilante Veneration

My sons collected the  “mutant” comic books before they went “big time” – I think without too much ill effect.  But what if ? – could the “model” described here be considered “useful” ?

Tags: comics, culture, model, Pop Culture


When you’re wrong, you’re wrong ?

   Posted by: Bricoleur    in cybernetics, Theories & Models

This entry is part 5 of 3 in the series Seeing Red
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I was listening to an interesting , albeit very unstructured, discussion  on the radio the other day and one of the participants finally burst out: “Your model is simply wrong.” As if THAT settled the whole matter. Well I’m sorry, but that was not ‘game, set and match’ at all. However,  in the “interest of time,” the host stepped in and moved the discussion to another important matter of the day.

Tags: cybernetics, model, models


System-Theoretic Reflections

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Books (Cybernetics), cybernetics

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series A Learning Machine
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“IF YOU WANT TO CREATE A CHANGE, you must challenge not only the models of Unreality, but the paradigms that underwrite them.”  — Stafford Beer

“General system theory, therefore, is a general science of wholeness” — Ludwig von Bertalannfy

Level II

Beer, Stafford, Brain of the Firm, Allen Lane, 1972

Level III

Klir, George J., An Approach to General Systems Theory, Van Nostrand, 1969

Level V

Bertalannfy, Ludwig von, General Systems Theory, George Braziller, N.Y., 1968

Tags: change, complexity, cybernetics, model, models, science, Stafford Beer, Systems, Systems theory


Viable Systems – A Reading List

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Books (Cybernetics), cybernetics

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series A Learning Machine
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In “The Heart of Enterprise,” one of the classics in the field of management cybernetics, Stafford Beer includes a select bibiography for the Viable System while explaining that a supportive reading list, in a form for which a consensus of cyberneticans could be found, just wasn’t possible.  With this said he went on to construct what looks like a map, but is truly meant as model of a reading list (although as he freely admits, the map remains more artistic in nature than conforming to a scientific statement).

Tags: cybernetics, model, Stafford Beer, systems thinking, VSM


I’ve been feeling a little angry lately…..

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Odds & Sods

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Seeing Red
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“Our milieu is fantastically expanded in every direction and there is crisis on every side. Our horizons for comprehension, for planning, for control, are receding faster than we can conceive. No wonder that I see red: it must be a Doppler effect.”Stafford Beer

Yes, I know the old saw that when you point your finger there are three pointing back at yourself.

Yes, I’ve tried to think in a more forgiving way.

Tags: change, Dogma, feeling, Fundamentalism, Ideology, model, models, Reality, Stafford Beer, teaching


Oliver Selfridge: pioneer of artificial intellegence

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in cybernetics

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Oliver Selfridge, who has died aged 82, was a British-born pioneer of Artificial Intelligence, and was also the grandson of the founder of the Selfridges department store.

In a 1958 paper, Pandemonium: a Paradigm for Learning, he outlined a neurologically inspired system of electronic machine components, which he called “demons”, that reacted to common elements in each other.

via Oliver Selfridge – Telegraph.

Tags: Artificial intelligence, cybernetics, intelligence, learning, model, models