Learning loops are ok... the problem of the memory LO22885

Luis J. Colorado (luiscolorado@home.net)
Thu, 14 Oct 1999 17:16:24 -0400

Replying to LO22860 --

Replying to LO22860 by Gavin Ritz

Dear Gavin

Thank you for your comments. I appreciate your insights. You wrote:

>I have a rather simple approach to business organisations, being a
>cybernetician or systems theory person, for me it's always back to basics.
>Using the feedback loop, which simply means that the output of the system
>is returned as part of the input. In BUSINESS I use the double loop i.e.
>business outputs plus the sensory apparatus of the business in the one
>loop plus the other loop the environment.

I agree... after all, we can't escape that loop... it is embeded in
everything that adapts and survives. Actually my model does use that loop,
and the model is also ready to question itself, i.e., there is also a
double loop. However, without memory there is no learning, and if there is
no effective way to store and retrieve knwoledge in the memory, the memory
is also useless.

As long as the simple and double loop have been thoroughly explained by
Senge, Argyris, etc., my questions are mainly focused in the memory
problem. In my model I try to address the problem of the memory. My
intention is to combine the Pattern Language and Hypertext technologies
(Internet, Intranet, Lotus Notes, Learning Space, etc.) as instruments to
store knowledge in a compact and useful way.

You also wrote:

>There are no ultimate answers there are just more intelligent questions.
>Also simplicity is the key to doing anything that is complex.

I also agree. However, I have to say that we are not always smart enough
to get out the simplicity from the complexity. In a way, maybe that's part
of the beauty of the Pattern Language... every pattern is so simple in its
structure and so easy to understand and apply. However, the every pattern
is hiding a huge amount of experiments and failures, to show us a very
simple truth.

Again, I appreciate your time and insights. I can't tell you how much
light have you shed on my model that I didn't think about.

Very yours,



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