The following figure schematically illustrates the issues involved in your obtaining productive info

The following figure schematically illustrates the issues involved in your obtaining productive info

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The following figure schematically illustrates the issues involved in your obtaining  productive information from a vicarious system. If the system is not grounded in  reality then what you get from the vicarious system will not necessarily be accurate.  It will produce statements which cannot be depended upon and are therefore  unproductive.    Problems come about if systems of vicarious experience are not used  correctly: problems with respect to the rules of the system (syntax) and  problems with respect to the rules connecting the “model” to “reality”  (semantics). Correctly carrying out the math involved in calculating  r π   is  proper syntax. Measuring the radius rather than the circumference is  correct semantics.  We must keep in mind that the epistemological foundation underlying our  vicarious experience is crucial to its usefulness. We impose rules on what 
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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