Vladimir A. Lefebvre, "Sacredness in an Experimental chamber."
Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2006, No. 4, pp. 189-190.
This commentary focuses on the problem of whether a specific biologic basis for
reinforcing power of money exists or not. The author argues in favor of its
existence. His arguments are based on a new interpretation of data obtained in
experiments with pigeons and rats in an experimental chamber. It was
demonstrated that in the animals’ behavior, we can observe some features which
were considered pertinent to human beings only, such as making certain sources
of utility ‘sacred’.
Vladimir A. Lefebvre, "On Sharing a Pie: Modeling Costly Pro-Social Behavior."
Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2004, No. 4, pp. 565-566.
This comment describes how the processes of free giving can be simulated with
the help of the reflexive intentional model of the subject. This simulation demon-
strates that there are two essential factors affecting the size of a share given to
others: limits accepted by the society as “normal” and the individual’s subjective
estimation of a mean share donated by other members of the society.
Vladimir A. Lefebvre, "Bipolarity, Choice, and Entro-Field."
Proceeding of the Eighth Multi-Conference on Systemic, Cybernetics, and Informatics,
2004, Vol. IV. pp. 95-99.
We demonstrate here how to theoretically deduce a formal model of bipolar choice
based on a general definition of the self-reflexive system and one assumption which
we called the Axiom of the Second Choice. We show further that such a deduction
of the model reveals its unexpected connection to the relations between an internal
variable of the self-reflexive system, a partial derivative of the entropy of the
envir-onmental influence, and a partial derivative of the entropy of choice made by
the system. This connection allows us to expand the two-alternative model of
bipolar choice to the case of an arbitrary number of alternatives.
Vladimir A. Lefebvre, "Mentalism and Behaviorism: Merging?"
Reflexive Processes and Control, 2003, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 56-76.
The Reflexive-Intentional Model of the Subject (RIMS) connects the subject’s
bipolar probabilistic behavior with its mental domain. We demonstrate that the
Matching Law is a formal consequence of this tie. RIMS allows us also to deduce
theoretically the main patterns of animal behavior in the experiments with two
alternatives where the Matching Law reveals itself. This finding inclines us to put
forth a hypothesis that this law reflects the process of self-programming of the
subject with a mental domain. As a result, the subject acquires the ability to
choose alternatives with fixed probabilities. With this explanation, the relative
frequencies of pressing a pedal or pecking at a key play the role of half-finished
products which after being downloaded into the self turn into the probabilities
of choice. The Matching Law can be regarded at as an operational indication of
the mental domain existence.
Z. X. Kramer, T.B. Kaiser, S. E. Schmidt, J. E. Davison, V. A. Lefebvre, “From
Prediction to Reflexive Control.”
Reflexive Processes and Control, 2003, No. 1, pp. 86-102.
In this paper, we describe two algorithms for generating disinformation schemes
intended to influence an adversary to make a predetermined decision. Such
influence is termed reflexive control. The first algorithm's disinformation tricks
the adversary into a given scenario, while the second algorithm finds a scenario
to capitalize on a given trick. These algorithms are implemented in a computer
program which simulates a situation in which an adversary is attempting to
penetrate an international border guarded by the controlling party. Details of
this implementation and possible extensions are discussed.