A General Black Box Theory

  title={A General Black Box Theory},
  author={Mario Bunge},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={346 - 358}
  • M. Bunge
  • Published 1963
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy of Science
A mathematical theory is proposed and exemplified, which covers an extended class of black boxes. Every kind of stimulus and response is pictured by a channel connecting the box with its environment. The input-output relation is given by a postulate schema according to which the response is, in general, a nonlinear functional of the input. Several examples are worked out: the perfectly transmitting box, the damping box, and the amplifying box. The theory is shown to be (a) an extension of the S… Expand
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