The present report was written in 1971. The intent was to delineate an information processing system of an advanced type which would be capable of duplicating some of the essential characteristics of human behavior and some important achievements currently accomplished only by human beings. Probably the system described herein (the "State of Affairs System") would be classified by most interested persons under the category of "Artificial Intelligence". Perhaps the most distinctive aspect of the State of Affairs System is that the system is based directly on a conceptualization of persons and their behavior rather than on the usual 'theories dealing with computability, data structure, language, or prograrrming. Both its information-processing power and its general lack of intelligibility to members of the computing community stem from this feature.

Date Created

Spring 1978


Linguistic Research Institute


150 pages; 10.95 x 8.27 inches

Document Type

Technical Report