Stafford Beer's Decision and Control: The Meaning of Operational Research PDF

By Stafford Beer

ISBN-10: 0471948381

ISBN-13: 9780471948384

ISBN-10: 0585224846

ISBN-13: 9780585224848

Offers the elemental ways underlying Stafford Beer's considering because the e-book of his first publication in 1959. bargains with a philosophy of technology suitable to administration and especially with the character of versions. Demonstrates all significant issues via examples quoted of administration technology functions to and executive.

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The point of this section is to argue that the method of tenacity is illogical, but not a process that should be vehemently decried. To say that a belief has been fixed in this way is not rude nor is it an accusation of sheer prejudice, since this is the way the machinery in the cranium actually works. But the device that works so well in adapting the animal to its environment is no blessing when an intellectual breakthrough is required. The need for this in man the animal is rare; but man the Page 21 manager, man the conceiver of change, must needs disrupt the pattern and alter the rhythm of his brain.

For if I count it wretched to be unscientific within the scientific milieu of these progressive days, then I am likely to allege that whatever belief I have come to hold must count as a scientific opinion. But let us go on exploring the nature of the method of tenacity itself, observing how it actually operates in our lives, so that we may more readily recognize what a threat it constitutes to the development of new ideas. The best use of the whole process is indeed that of intellectual conditioningbut only in its more constructive sense.

The first is true, the second false; and the scientific approach to the validation of either proposition is quite different from that which must be used in the case of the other. But the status of the two propositions in nature, considered as contents of the mind, is the same. Each uses the brain as a learning machine to produce a conditioned response to a repeated stimulus. Thus subjectively, and no wonder, they appear equally valid. So if we now apply the label 'scientific conclusion' to the first example, it is likely to become attached to the other, for the subjective experience of the trainee is identical.

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