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ERIC Number: ED105330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Oct-31
Pages: 37
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Towards a Modest Empiricism in Human Transaction Derived from "A General Theory of Adapting Behavior."
Steg, Doreen R.; Schulman, Rosalind
Adaptive behavior is defined as behavior where a system adapts itself to the requirements of the environment, and adapting behavior, where the system changes the environment to suit itself using a variety of tools. A wide variety of possible mixtures of both also becomes evident. The result of economic affluence is viewed as such "adapting behavior" in the demand for goods and services, and dynamic sensory feedback provides an intricate means of regulating motion in relation to the environment. However, these phenomena of human behavior, currently evincing themselves in economics and learning cannot be solely restricted to one or two fields. It is postulated that they apply to all facets of human transaction (economic, educational, ethical, psychological, cultural, social, and political) in all material-reward-oriented societies when each society has attained a modest but adequate standard of living for the majority of its population. (Author/CJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the American Cybernetics Society Conference on Communication and Control in Social Systems (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 1974)