Awareness, images (symbolization) and psycho-logic
In this part it is our intention to examine that part of the directive correlation that is represented by the arrow CVto → Rt1 i.e. the characteristics of the human being that make it possible to generate a set of responses to match the set of environmental conditions likely to occur at t1 because of the environmental situation at t0. We have already outlined the chain of events from environmental information to the feedback from one’s actions. We now need to return to consider that link in the chain where we previously postulated ‘the formation from sensations of a central neural event corresponding to the distal event in order that eventual action would bear a certain relation to those distal events’. The argument of adaptation is critical to this postulate and hence we must seek for that directive correlation of which the goal state is this ‘central neural event’ and which goal state, in turn, acts as the coenetic variable for the subsequent directive correlation involving the patterning of sub-actions. This statement implies a hierarchy of directive correlations, but such a concept involves us in no new logical problems (Sommerhoff, 1950). What is important is that the criteria for this subordinate goal state, the central neural event, are derived from the goal state of the hierarchy, and are not determinable from this subordinate directive correlation considered in isolation. That is, the goal state is not any central neural event which unifies the incoming information, but that central neural event which issues forth in the set of responses required at t to match the corresponding set Rtl. Thus this central neural event must represent not just the coenetic variablein-itself, but also the coenetic variable for the respondent.
KeywordsSensory Input Drive System Goal State Distal Event Perceptual System
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