Organism in the environment as a whole distinctions
1999-2004 by Ralph E. Kenyon, Jr.

This is a working draft and is subject to change.
Last revised 04/02/12 at 14:28


The simplest form of a sensor gives the equivalent of a yes or no response to detecting the condition it senses.  Two kinds of sensors are required. They are sensors that detect usable resources - "good" sensors - and sensors that detect threats to existence - "bad" sensors.  This introduces the concept of "value" in relation to the organism. 

  1. Value - "good" / "bad"
    Value - the importance or worth of something for someone.
    A "value" is a measure of something by a process or function.  In the simplest of situations, the process or function produces only a binary output - "yes" or "no", "1" or "0", "good" or "bad", etc..  These two values "represent" differences in the something the function or process measures.  In mathematics a function has a domain and a range.  The domain is the territory being sensed, and the range is the set of values the function takes on.
  2. Context of valuation
    In the present context, the domain is either the organism itself (internal) or its environment (external).  In the context of an organism in the environment as a whole the process is implemented structurally (chemically) and comprises the sensory apparatus of the organism.

Add direction and build simple mapping structure here.

This page was updated by Ralph Kenyon on 2009/11/16 at 21:33 and has been accessed 18953 times at 71 hits per month.