The definition of goal-seeking individuals and systems.



Ones that can respond in structurally different ways to one or more structurally different (internal or esternal) events, and all their responsea have the function of producing a particular outcome, which is its goal.

A goal-seeking individual or system is responsive, not reactive, because it has a choice of responses. Such an individual or system may aecomplish the same thing in different ways. If it has memory, it can also increase its efficiency over time in producing the outcome that is its goal. Thus it can learn as well as adapt. (PS 3O)



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