Perceptual Control Theory
  • author: Will Powers
  • argues that brain works in "levels"
    • lower level controls muscle tensions
    • higher level controls lower level - think to "move leg"
    • even higher level controls level below it - walk (move one leg the another), etc...
  • control theory is how thermostat works, too low temperature? heat up - too high? cool down - powers argues that we do same thing on multiple different levels (from body temperature, to food, to social interactions) - all seem related to homeostasis
  • we switch effortlessly between concentrating on low-level concepts and high-level concepts that make the low-level ones automatic
  • "everything is a control system" is an attempt to improve on "everything is stimulus-response" (behaviorism)
  • related to Cybernetics and Self-Cybernetics
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