CONTROL (Negative) 2)4)
"A means whereby courses are changed as to escape threats" (G. VICKERS, 1957, p.4).
VICKERS states: "Negative control reminds us that every system works within limits which cannot be passed without disaster. Some conditions must be preserved if the assembly is to hold together."
"… Thus all positive goal seeking, with the positive control which it involves, takes place within the framework of negative control, which ensures the continuance of the system" (p.4).
"… The control is designed to sense when the assembly is approaching the danger point; before this is reached, it remains inactive" (p.6).
Undoubtly, many contemporary problems in demographic, ecological and economic systems are a result of the general and obstinate ignorance of this concept of countervailing controls (enounced in 1957!).
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