For the engineer to deal with social questions, it is necessary that he have some basic view of how human behavior is governed in a technical sense. A foundational view is presented for the outlook of mind. This view is based on a neurophysiological abstraction regarding thought and action, not a sociological abstraction. Sources for the neurophysiological abstraction are proposed, but not herein detailed. It turns out that the neurophysiological characterization agrees with a philosophic-sociological truism, the law of the wings. It is offered here as the polar axis of response from radical to reactionary, as a generalized transform characteristic of the mind joined to the body and to the body of society. This axis of response is not simply a political polarization. It represents the transform by which any input set of impinging information hurls the mind-body into thought and action. This paper is concerned with the nature of that transformation.

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