Nick Green FCybS, Cybernetician



A couple of goodies

First an HM Treasury Millennium .pdf on UK Productivity and then famous Parkinson's Law. The first shows that in the U.K. there is a pot of gold of about £250 billion per year waiting to be redistributed. The second shows how this might have come about. A study of Management Cybernetics is recommended to apply this finding.

A note on fundamental cybernetics

In discussing with a student the ubiquity of relations like A . B = C in mathematics it arose that the cybernetic paradigm could be written A - B = C, where B is a feedback term. More generally one might write A ~ B = C where ~ stands for difference.

Out of deference to the genius of Gordon Pask (the cybernetician's cybernetist) this might better be written A~B=> C where => means produces so A and B are a comparison  producing a signal C. 

Conventionally A might be the state, a vector perhaps, of some system or describable object and B its goal state. Goal states render cybernetics easily applicable though still context and perspective bound. It is, however, the comparison of states around dynamic equilibria that produce signals that is fundamental and unbounded.

In the study of conflict A~B can be seen as contracting parties who produce differences, C, which may be pathological or innovative depending on the context and perspective of interacting or conversing participants and the similarities and differences they perceive.

A wave mechanical interpretation of this is beginning to appear which regards C as a measure of concurrence and its inverse: decoherence or independence e.g the energy radiating from the interface between the surface of a brick standing on the surface of a table.

Drop me a line if you think this maybe interesting. All this is derived from Pask's later and largely unpublished work on the forces of self organisation. More at Pask Asserts.

Wooters on Concurrence and Entanglement. Williamson and van der Mark on electron/photon toplogy

Nature 13/04/06 Soliton? (Henk Stoof on Quantum Equilibrium): The Experiment (Kinoshita et al)