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Pask held that concurrence is a necessary condition for modeling brain functions and he remarked IA was meant to stand AI, Artificial Intelligence, on its head. Pask believed it was the job of cybernetics to compare and contrast. His IA theory showed how to do this. Heinz von Foerster called him a genius, "Mr. Cybernetics", the "cybernetician's cybernetician".
- Bateson, Gregory & Mead, Margaret (1976). "For God's Sake, Margaret: Conversation with Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead." CoEvolutionary Quarterly (Summer 1976) no. 10, pp. 22-44. [^]
- Pask, Gordon (1976). Conversation Theory: Applications in Education and Epistemology. New York: Elsevier. [^]
- Pask, Gordon (1975). Conversation, Cognition and Learning. Elsevier. [^]
- Pask, Gordon (1975). The Cybernetics of Human Learning and Performance. Hutchinson.
- The inspiration of Conversation Theory
Probably the most famous concept he introduced was 'Conversation Theory' which was the topic of the other book which he published in 1975 Conversation, Cognition and Learning and also of one he published in the following year Conversation Theory: Applications in Education and Epistemology. The initial ideas for Conversation Theory came from a slightly unlikely source, namely work that System Research undertook to assist baggage handling at London's Heathrow airport. He:-
- .... conceived human-machine interaction as a form of conversation, a dynamical process, in which the participants learn about each other.
- In: Ranulf Glanville (1993 ed.) Systems Research, 10, 3, "Gordon Pask, A Festschrift"