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Wed Jul 8 14:46:16 EST 1992

I've been lurking on this list for a while now -- and have decided to
dump my 2 cents (in 1977 $$). Una's list reminds me of the general systems
theory oriented biology text that James Miller published with McGraw-Hill
in the mid 1970's.  I think it ended a more traditional way -- with
populations of organisms (e.g. population biology/ecology). Maybe the
bothersome point in the list is the cross-ver (around pt 4-6) between
"world 1" (the natural world a la Popper) and "world 3" -- the world of
organized disseminated shared information that sensate beings (e.g. us'ns)
CREATE based on our individual "world 2's" -- the world of individual
perceptions/ subjective knowledge structures (a la Kenneth Boulding -- an
economist who was also a GST person and introduced a lot of ecological models
into his economics). That nasty boundary has  bothered a lot of people for a
long time.  If you don't believe me -- just read the neural networks stuff
I'm thinking of an interview with Patricia Churchland in George Johnson's book.

Is the discomfort REALLY perceived anthropomorphism or is it the old
reductionist/holist argument moved into a different arena?

Kate McCain                         "Die Gedankenexperimente sind frei!!"
College of Information Studies
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA 19104

mccainkw at duvm.ocs.drexel.edu

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