What is communication between purposeful individuals?



We have already defined what it means for a purposeful system to sense, perceive, and observe its environment. It is now necessary to examine what is meant by mutual sensing, perceiving, and observing between systems that are capable of at least partially controlling what sensatlons, perceptions, and observations the other system has. Moreover, by their choices interacting systems can create a social field that is different from and potentially more complex than what either one can separately produce.

The prerequisite for interaction between purposeful systems is that they can sense, perceive, observe, and remember the same sort of things in their shared environment. The minimal level of intersystem behavior - that is, where there is an intent to produce a behavior in the other - is communication. (PS l39)



This page was last updated on July 24, 1996, by Dr. Umpleby.