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An asymmetric relationship: The spirit of Kenneth Craik and the work of Warren McCulloch

Collins, Alan (2012) An asymmetric relationship: The spirit of Kenneth Craik and the work of Warren McCulloch. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 37 (3). pp. 254-268.

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Abstract

Warren McCulloch held Kenneth Craik’s work in high regard. What was the source of this high regard and did this good opinion mean that Craik’s work had any effect on McCulloch’s own work? In this article I examine aspects of Craik and McCulloch’s backgrounds that help explain McCulloch’s views: the important place of philosophy in their education and some shared philosophical positions, their attraction to work in diverse disciplines, a respect for the science of physiology, an acceptance that mind was a legitimate object of enquiry, the demands and opportunities of military and wartime research, and a shared sense of creating a new approach to inquiries into human abilities. Two aspects of Craik’s theory about the nature of thought were also key: his claim that modelling was central to thought and the fact that those views complemented McCulloch’s own. Finally, McCulloch helped to contribute to Craik’s reputation and in doing so helped to create a founding father for cybernetics to be set alongside the likes of Ashby, Wiener and McCulloch himself.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
Uncontrolled Keywords: Craik ; McCulloch ; History of psychology ; Cybernetics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 58173
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2012 10:26
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 08:40
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/58173

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