Re: Intelligence

Ralph L Holloway (rlh2@COLUMBIA.EDU)
Sat, 11 Feb 1995 16:22:50 -0500

I guess I prefer Bob Quinlan's explanation to Bob Graber's but the
latter's points regarding importance of tools/technology as the almost
sole adaptation of importance is what I disagree with, at the same time
realising that sure, technology was/is important. Once again, to repeat,
It is the technological within the social that is critical, not the
technological divorced from its matrix. I quite enamored with Magorah
Maruyama's "The Second Cybernetics..." which was published in the '60's,
and it was the sort of driving piece in my 1967 analysis of the evolution
and complex behavior which was puiblished in General Systems, Vol. 12. I
strongly suggest that people interested in feedback models refresh their
memories with Maruyama's ideas (I don't have the original with me), as
well as his comments on Prigigine's thermodynamic theories and their
application in social science models which was published several years
back in Current Anthropology. I found them in useful in my 1980 paper in
AJPA discussing brain size enlargement in different primate species (not
including the Danes...). Ralph Holloway.