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ERIC Number: ED135031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Societal Boundaries on Cybernetic Action or Decision-Making.
Schulman, Rosalind; Steg, Doreen E.
This paper discusses the development, application, and implications of a statistical technique--a concordance index--for measuring the restrictions and constrictions (legal and societal) which inhibit individual decision making and adapting behavior. It was found that as sophistication sets in there will be less and less tolerance of these restrictions, so that individual reaction to them will intensify until the governing entity is forced to relax the restrictions. It was also concluded that because zero-sum games (a form of competition in which one wins at the expense of another) narrowly restrict opportunities for decision making, human relations would benefit from a shift to non-zero-sum games. (The concordance index may be used for such fields as law, politics, economics, sociology, and psychology.) (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Cybernetics (Namur, Belgium, September 1976)