Introducing Some Operational Characteristics of Mind—The Human Outlook and the Dynamics of Society

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A. S. Iberall

General Technical Services, Inc., Upper Darby, Pa.

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 94(4), 285-288 (Dec 01, 1972) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3426608 History: Received July 06, 1972; Online July 13, 2010


For the engineer to deal with social questions, it is necessary that he have some basic view of how human behavior is governed in a technical sense. A foundational view is presented for the outlook of mind. This view is based on a neurophysiological abstraction regarding thought and action, not a sociological abstraction. Sources for the neurophysiological abstraction are proposed, but not herein detailed. It turns out that the neurophysiological characterization agrees with a philosophic-sociological truism, the law of the wings. It is offered here as the polar axis of response from radical to reactionary, as a generalized transform characteristic of the mind joined to the body and to the body of society. This axis of response is not simply a political polarization. It represents the transform by which any input set of impinging information hurls the mind-body into thought and action. This paper is concerned with the nature of that transformation.

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