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From The Ground Up


In developing their feedback control system-based models (see below) for exploring the nature of human behavior, both Bill Powers and Rudy Starkermann really did start from the ground up.

By “the ground up“, I mean that their theories started with the basic building blocks of the brain and nervous system. The diagram below shows examples of Powers’s and Starkermann’s underlying neuronal models.

Unlike classical Skinnerian “behaviorists“, whose theories are founded on more abstract, “black box”, empirical findings, BD00 believes that Bill and Rudy’s theories are much more closer to the “truth” (whatever the hell that may be) behind what motivates human behavior. What do you think?

The proper study of mankind is man – Alexander Pope

  1. Dick Danjin
    August 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    As to the work of Starkermann,Bill Livingston introduced me to him thru his work.I came to know Powers work thru this blog.In 1986 I came to know the work of Robert Campbell (cosmic-mindreach.com)When I retired in 1998 I struck up a casual relationship with him.Bob’s work focuses on neural systems.I would suggest checking his website as a unique learning experience

    • August 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks for the pointer to Campbell Dick. I’ll check him out.

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