- The companion
disc contains 13 colorful, amusing and educational open-source programmed
demonstrations of perceptual control ol theory (PCT) at work..
scholars, both educators and scientists with outstanding credentials,
have contributed in important ways to this work:
BRILLIANT, FUNNY, VALUABLE
- Living Control Systems III: The Fact of Control
Powers terms this elegant little book..."my last
chance to persuade my peers on this planet that prior to the 1930s
we human beings had an entirely wrong idea, only partly supplanted
at the time of this writing, of who we are, how we are constructed,
and why we do what we do. I hope to do this persuading by showing
each person who reads this book a mirror in which certain commonplace
phenomena of human behavior can be seen from a new angle.
The computer age has provided a tool that allows me to create a small
universe which each of you can experience and act upon directly, as
if for a time you can ride with me inside my brain, doing what I do,
seeing the same results I see, checking my observations against your
own, and-if all goes wellreaching the same conclusions I have
so you can see and feel [the fact of control]
for yourself, have that joyful shock of discovery, and understand
- Dr. Bruce Abbott, Faculty, Indiana University
Purdue University Fort Wayne, co-author of Research Design and Methods:
A Process Approach (McGraw-Hill, 7th printing), has updated Powers'
original demos, and designed and developed a handsome new user-cordial
interface for them.
- Dr. Richard Kennaway,
a mathematician engaged in research in computer science at the school
of Computing Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK, in the areas of
programming language theory and design, virtual reality, control theory,
robotics and biocomputing, developed the mathematical proofs of the
models and simulations and presents them in an illustrated Appendix.
200+ text pages, including Appendix,
context-oriented index, and more than 50 illustrations, many in full
Paperback/CD $65 USD. ISBN 978-0-9647121-8-8
PERCEPTUAL CONTROL THEORY EXPLAINED:
FIRST TIME IN PAPERBACK
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Behavior: The Control of Perception2nd
Edition, Revised and Expanded]
introduces William T. Powers revolutionary
theory of the behavior of living organisms (now
known as Perceptual Control Theory), a robust system of ideas that has
stood up to more than 30 years of rigorous testing and modeling by the
scientific and academic communities. Includes glossary, bibliography,
index, table of figures, both historic and contemporary commentary, and
the previously omitted chapter on Emotion. First
published in 1973 by Aldine deGruyter, B:CP has become integral to Life
Sciences curricula all over the world. In 1973, Thomas Kuhn, legendary
philosopher/educator and author of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,
wrote this about B:CP:
[This manuscript] is among the most
exciting I have read in some time. The problems are of vast importance,
and not only to psychologists; the achieved synthesis is thoroughly original
and the presentation is often convincing and almost invariably suggestive.
I shall be watching with interest what happens in the directions in which
See End Papers in B:CP 2nd for a sampler of
contemporaneous work in PCT that would have delighted Professor Kuhn.
332 pages, illustrated, paperback,
$34.95 USD ISBN 978-0-9647121-7-1
A PRIMER FOR "THE REST OF US"
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|Making Sense of Behavior:
The Meaning of Control
the originator of Perceptual Control Theory and one of the founders
of the Control Systems Group, this is the first book on PCT written
for "the rest of us." Powers describes in a relaxed, easy-to-read
style the fundamentals of this revolutionary theory of the behavior
of living organisms--in particular, human beings. This book is for anyone
interested in how our systems work and how people interact and why.
For researchers new to PCT, a comprehensive reference points to further
studies, demonstrations and applications.
In which Powers takes on Skimner's
paperback. $19.95 USD ISBN 978-0-964712-5-7
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Perceptual Control Theory: Science
-A Book of Readings
Edited by Dag Forssell, this Book of Readings samples
the literature on Perceptual Control Theory, PCT, its scientific nature
and applications. Available as a paperback as well as a free pdf download
for personal use at: http://www.livingcontrolsystems.com/sampler/readings.html.
The book includes 21 papers and complete chapters from 12 books-five
by Powers, seven by his colleagues. Subjects include psychotherapy,
management, emotions, baby brain development, computer simulations and
tutorials, scientific revolutions, dogma in psychology, scientific method,
reverse engineering, robots, cybernetics, and more.
272 pages, 8.25x11 inches, illustrated,
paperback, USD 25.00 ISBN 978-0-9740155-8-3
Published by Living Control Systems Publishing