Evaluation: The Missing Link Between Cognition and Action

  • D. M. MacKay


Information engineering has grown out of the need to understand — and to contrive — systems concerned primarily with the determination of form. In processes of communication and control such as printing, telephony or automation, what matters is how the form of one activity or state of affairs determines the form of another, without explicit regard to the energy involved. Questions of energetics — the determination of force by force — are the complementary province of physics. Some physical balance-sheet must apply to any information-engineering transaction; but the information engineer normally takes this for granted, having assured himself that the energy supply is more than adequate for his purposes (and/or having restricted his purposes to respect the limitations imposed by energetic considerations).


Conscious Experience Exploratory Movement Evaluative Process Supervisory System Mismatch Signal 
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