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July 1966

The Nature of Psychology.

Arch Neurol. 1966;15(1):110-111. doi:10.1001/archneur.1966.00470130114016

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Kenneth W. Craik was one of the group of experimenters and theoreticians whose work during World War II, largely directed toward the solution of military problems, has since become incorporated into the conventional thinking of the behavioral sciences. The victim of a cycling accident less than 24 hours before V. E. Day, Craik's name and work have been unfamiliar to those, like the present reviewer, who are only peripherally concerned with cybernetics. Yet, McCulloch, Verbeek, and Sherwood say of him in their introduction, "... Craik engendered most of those notions which the last twenty years have elaborated...." Else-where, Grey Walter refers to his death as "... one of the greatest losses Cambridge University has suffered...." The present volume includes his PhD thesis, an unfinished monograph on the "Mechanism of Human Action," some observations on his own monocular solar scotoma, and a variety of notes and memoranda. It would require a critic much

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