GLOSSARY OF TERMS
The behavior of the whole system that is unpredicted by the behavior of any of the parts of the system which means that the whole system has behaviors that none of the parts had and that none of the subsystems had when they’re separate
Ordered complexity creates a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts . A process whereby larger systems, patterns, and regularities arise through interactions among smaller or simpler systems that themselves do not exhibit such properties. New things emerging that didn’t exist before. Emergence is the result of synergy and emergence and synergy together define the direction of evolution.
A set of connected, interacting or interdependent parts forming a complex whole. Every system is delineated by its spatial and temporal boundaries, surrounded and influenced by its environment, described by its structure and purpose and expressed in its functioning.
Systems share common characteristics, including:
A system has structure, it contains parts (or components) that are directly or indirectly related to each other;
A system has behavior, it exhibits processes that fulfill its function or purpose;
A system has interconnectivity: the parts and processes are connected by structural and/or behavioral relationships;
A system's structure and behavior may be decomposed via subsystems and sub-processes to elementary parts and process steps;
A system has behavior that, in relativity to its surroundings, may be categorized as both fast and strong.
The term system may also refer to a set of rules that governs structure and/or behavior.
- Complex System: A research approach to problems in many disciplines that studies how relationships between parts give rise to the collective behaviors of a system and how the system interacts and forms relationships with its environment. (See Complex System
- Complex Adaptive Systems: Complex adaptive systems are a 'complexmacroscopic collection' of relatively 'similar and partially connected micro-structures' – formed in order to adapt to the changing environment, and increase its survivability as a macro-structure.
A complex adaptive system has some or all of the following attributes:
The number of parts (and types of parts) in the system and the number of relations between the parts is non-trivial – however, there is no general rule to separate "trivial" from "non-trivial";
The system has memory or includes feedback;
The system can adapt itself according to its history or feedback;
The relations between the system and its environment are non-trivial or non-linear;
The system can be influenced by, or can adapt itself to, its environment; and
The system is highly sensitive to initial conditions.
Charaterizes something with many parts where those parts interact with each other in multiple ways. The study of these complex linkages is the main goal of Complexity Science.
Complex systems may have the following features:
Cascading Failures - Due to the strong coupling between components in complex systems, a failure in one or more components can lead to cascading failures which may have catastrophic consequences on the functioning of the system.
Complex systems may be open - They exist in a thermodynamic gradient and dissipate energy. In other words, complex systems are frequently far from energetic equilibrium: but despite this flux, there may be pattern stability.
Complex systems may have a memory - The history of a complex system may be important. Because complex systems are dynamical systems they change over time, and prior states may have an influence on present states.
Complex systems may be nested - The components of a complex system may themselves be complex systems. For example, an economy is made up of organisations, which are made up of people, which are made up of cells - all of which are complex systems.
Dynamic network of multiplicity - Small-world or scale-free networks which have many local interactions and a smaller number of inter-area connections are often employed. Natural complex systems often exhibit such topologies.
May produce emergent phenomena - Complex systems may exhibit behaviors that are emergent, which is to say that while the results may be sufficiently determined by the activity of the systems' basic constituents, they may have properties that can only be studied at a higher level.
Relationships are non-linear - In practical terms, this means a small perturbation may cause a large effect (see butterfly effect), a proportional effect, or even no effect at all. In linear systems, effect is always directly proportional to cause.
Relationships contain feedback loops - Both negative (damping) and positive (amplifying) feedback are always found in complex systems. The effects of an element's behaviour are fed back to in such a way that the element itself is altered.
The scientific study ofcomplex systems, systems with many parts that interact to produce global behaviour that cannot easily be explained in terms of interactions between the individual constituent elements. It is undertaken to study the behaviour of these sytems.
Complexity Science a broad and multi-disciplinary subject which brings together deep scientific questions with application-driven goals across many interesting domains.
Mathematical developments and modelling approaches from physics can be used to better understand these systems and expertise in domains from software engineering to systems biology can be used both to inspire new approaches and apply new results.
Complexity’ doesn’t just mean ‘complicated." Complexity is not just determined by the number of parts a system has, but complexity science is interested in dynamical properties like self-organisation, adaptation, and emergence.
A holon is something that is simultaneously a whole and a part. The word was coined by Arthur Koestler in his book The Ghost in the Machine. Holons exist simultaneously as self-contained wholes in relation to their sub-ordinate parts, and also as dependent parts when considered from the inverse direction.
An individual holon is discrete, self-contained, and also demonstrates the quality of agency, or self-directed behavior. The individual holon, although a discrete and self-contained whole, is also made up of parts
A holon is a system (or phenomenon) which is an evolving and self-organizing composed of other holons, whose structures exist at a balance point between chaos and order. Since a holon is embedded in larger wholes, it is influenced by and influences these larger wholes. And since a holon also contains subsystems, or parts, it is similarly influenced by and influences these parts.
A holarchy is a hierarchy of self-regulating holons that function first as autonomous wholes in supra-ordination to their parts, secondly as dependent parts in sub-ordination to controls on higher levels, and thirdly in coordination with their local environment.
The drive for self preservation, autonomy, and the full expression of individual uniqueness. The drive to be a whole and not a part. Pursuing the self. Its complementary opposite is communion.
A state of graceful and mutually supportive co-existence. The recognition of self in harmonious relationship with complementary agents and a supportive environment. .
The behavior of the whole system that is unpredicted by the behavior of any of the parts of the system which means that the whole system has behaviors that none of the parts had and that none of the subsystems had when they’re separate. Both syntropy and entropy drive evolution. Entropy breaks down whole systems into parts. Syntropy puts those parts back into whole systems. Entropy is dissipating, dissolving, dissolutionary. Syntropy is synthesizing, relational, bringing together. So the wholes go into parts. The parts come into wholes and what is net evolving is the complexity of the ordering of the wholes. If there wasn’t entropy, you couldn’t have syntropy and you couldn’t have evolution. So the parts have to dissolve out of the whole to be able to come together in a more complex whole. (See also: Entropy.)
A process where some form of overall order or coordination spontaneously arises out of the interactions between the components of an initially disordered system. This process is is not necessarily directed or controlled by any agent or subsystem inside or outside of the system.
An industrial economy in which material flows are of two types, biological nutrients, designed to reenter the biosphere safely, and technical components, which are designed to circulate at high quality without contaminating the biosphere.
Closed Loop Materials Economy
A relationship characterized by differences that work together to create beneficial outcomes.
A circumstance or set of conditions that predispose individuals or populations to behave in certain ways, such that other alternatives go unrecognized or are perceived as impractical.
Determinant of Human Behavior
A method for generating a comprehensive inventory of the most important determinants of human behavior and evaluating them in terms of: the needs they meet, the ways in which they operate and interact, and their practical and ethical consequences. The model embodies an organizational principle based on the AQAL model pioneered by Ken Wilber, a system for comparing determinants that meet similar needs (structures and metastructures), and a rubric for choosing among determinants (doable, desirable, and adequate).
The tendency toward increasing disorder in the absence of renewable access to energy sources, raw materials, and waste sinks. Entropy breaks down whole systems into parts. Syntropy puts those parts back into whole systems. Entropy is dissipating, dissolving, dissolutionary. Syntropy is synthesizing, relational, bringing together. So the wholes go into parts. The parts come into wholes and what is net evolving is the complexity of the ordering of the wholes. It’s only because those parts come apart that they’re able to come back together in more complex wholes that are more evolved with new emergence. oth syntropy and entropy drive evolution. It isn’t that syntropy drives evolution, it is the complex relationship of entropy and syntropy together that are what drives evolution. (See also: Syntropy.)
Genetic control by factors other than an individual's DNA sequence. Epigenetic changes can switch genes on or off and determine which proteins are transcribed. Epigenetic factors can sometimes be inherited to influence the expression of characteristics in offspring based on the experiences of a parent.
The set of methods whereby knowledge is validated. Epsitemological methods vary between quadrants in the Emergence Model. Subjective methods include phenomenological and structural reporting, hermeneutics, and ethnography. Objective methods are generally based on the scientific method. See also, Ontology.
The dynamic interplay between systems and their environments that allow for the development of adaptive modifications. Darwinian evolution is one process by which evolution occurs. Evolution in other situations includes processes that generate variability or disorder (e.g., mutation), coupled with processes that produces a more efficient ordering of components (natural selection), but does not fundamentally alter the relationships between system components (survival of the fittest).
Evolution is change, but with a net direction. It is the ordering of complexity in synergistic ways that create the emergence of new properties.. Evolution is bringing more elements together in ways that have more integrity and order which creates more complexity.
Evolution is happening at all levels of existence - matter is evolving, law is evolving itself, systems are evolving in complexity. The evolution of universe from the physics point of view is mirrored with the evolution of consciousness. Evolution includes and transcends. A more evolved system is a system that orders more complexity because it includes all of the ordered complexity of the previous systems.
One quadrant within the Emergence Model for classifying determinants of human behavior. Biological structures comprise the “hardware” of the individual. Brain plasticity research shows that there are interconnections between brain states and belief systems that predispose not just behaviors, but the capacity for thought and learning. Belief systems that promote chronic stress can reduce brain plasticity and impair responsiveness. Other belief systems and practices promote development of the prefrontal cortex leading to higher functioning. The capacity for thinking also depends on the physical condition, nutritional support, and developmental stage of the individual. These are also part of the biological structure.
A deliberate or default strategy to move waste outside of a system boundary without ensuring that another system within the environment can use it as a direct input. Such activity allows unprocessed waste or (or depletion of resources) to accumulate in the environment, leading to a compounding of effects that damage other systems within the environment.
Externalizing Harm, Harm Externalizing Behavior
A logical fallacy that presupposes only limited alternatives, when in fact other options are available. An argument that attempts to force a choice between two suboptimal alternatives when superior options exist, or between two complementary extremes when the optimal solution resides in between.
A global civilization is an urbanized culture that spans a majority of the world’s population and territory. Political entities within a global civilization share a common set of social structures despite a variety of cultural and historical narratives.
Coordinated actions at a global, regional, or local scale with outcomes that free up the most resources for additional initiatives.
Highest Leverage Initiatives
A relationship between a system and its environment that is characterized by stability. More formally, a system whose variables are regulated so that internal conditions remain stable and relatively constant.
Conditions that arise as a consequence of human activity. These might be intentional outcomes, the result of negligence, or the result of failure in a human-made system.
The point at which a prevailing trend changes direction. This can be a turn from positive to negative in absolute terms (and vice versa), or from increasing to decreasing growth. It can also mark a substantial shift in circumstances due to changes in environmental conditions.
One quadrant within the Emergence Model for classifying determinants of human behavior. Infrastructures comprise the “hardware” of the collective and includes the built environment and any element within it. Infrastructure is the way humans meet our physical needs in relationship to the physical earth and physical resources. This is our modes of production and this means transportation, agriculture, transportation technology, whether that’s a horse or horse and buggy or roads or planes. Agriculture is water, energy production, manufacturing, refinement, distribution, communications, all that kind of stuff. That’s all infrastructure. In our context we use it synonmously with technology.
An approach to understanding that incorporates all of the methodologies of the Integral (AQAL) Model. Also: wholistic, complete, balanced, fully functional, or consistent and complementary with one's surroundings.
A classification system for all perceived phenomena introduced by Jurgen Habermas as part of his critique of science and elaborated by Ken Wilber. The salient features of the integral model include:
Two ontological dimensions or lenses on reality: internal/external and singular/plural (or alternatively, subjective/objective and individual/collective)
Four epistemological quadrants based on the intersection of those dimensions and the corresponding methods of inquiry that allow us to draw valid inferences about phenomena in each quadrant
Developmental stages that differentiate deep vs. shallow and simple vs. complex capabilities among structures within those quadrants, with deeper or more complex structures subsuming and transcending structures at more shallow or simple levels
Lines of development that allow for transitions between levels in meeting identified needs
The Integral Model assumes that both materialism and idealism are viable lenses for deriving valid insights in their respective realms of inquiry, without the need to try to regard one realm as causal and the other as an effect that can be discounted. The presumption is that both subjectivity and objectivity are co-arising and co-influencing, and that neither is reducible to the other.
Integral Model, Integral Theory
Developed through application of Integral Theory. Developed in a wholistic, omni-considerate way.
A state of being whole and undivided. A self-sustaining arrangement mutually supportive components and activities.
An arrangement in which system components affect each other in which changes in one component can generate a response in another, and vice versa.
The left half of the Emergence Model quadrant system. The realm of subjective experience and the methods of inquiry best suited to understanding it for individuals and collectively shared cultures. These methods include phenomenological and structural reporting for the individual, and hermeneutics and ethnographics for the collective. In systems theory, a region circumscribed by a boundary that contains all of the components of a system.
A production and distribution system characterized by extraction, single use, and immediate disposal of material resources. By contrast, see Closed-Loop Materials Economy.
Linear Materials Economy, Extraction Economy
A mathematical model that often used to predict population growth patterns in nature. Unlike Malthusian extrapolations, a logistics curve assumes an S shape with initially low rates of growth, followed by a period of rapid growth, and concluding with reduced growth approximating a steady state as saturation is achieved. However, there is no guarantee that a population will achieve a steady state before exhausting its resource base. Diseases that spread too rapidly or overwhelm their hosts often undermine their own survival in a given area. Wtihout adequate predation, herbivores can overgraze and die off. Humanity has the opportunity to consciously reduce our impact on our resource base in a conscious response to the signs of saturation that currently appear.
The stage at which a population or civilization achieves homeostasis—a steady state in which the demands on the environment are sustainable and regenerative.
A term that describes the Superstructure quadrant of the Emergence Model. Mimetic structures are the "software" of the individual. Memetic refers to the basic units of cultural information, such as cultural practice or ideas, that are stored within an individual mind after being internalized through communication or experience.
A classification of structures, which are the basic ways in which individuals and societies fulfill their needs. These structures also form the determinants of human behavior and interact with structures in their own quadrants and in each of the others. A metastructure is a category of structures that perform similar functions.
The conscious selection of a new structure over an existing one in practice, based on pragmatic, ethical, and evolutionary considerations, and presumably in support of omniconsiderate development.
Reality as it is accurately perceived. An accounting of what is observable (as contrasted with the methods by which those observations are made). In the Emergence Model, both subjective and objective aspects of reality are recognized and accounted for. In information science, the naming and definition of the types, properties, and interrelationships of entities that fundamentally exist within a particular domain of study. See also, Epistemology.
The capacity to cause disease or produce harm.
A change from one mode or characteristic set of responses to another. With respect to typical patterns of population growth, A change from an initial slow growth phase to one of rapid growth, or from a rapid growth phase to a mature stage of population maintenance or decline.
The point in the typical population growth curve where saturation is acheived and population levels stay stable or gradually decline to a homeostatic level. (See also, Logistics Curve, Mature)
The systems in which authority, responsibility, and access to resources are allocated to individuals and groups within a particular society. Also, the protocols by which these decisions are made and legitimized.
Power Conferring Systems, Power Structures
A system of valuation that is based on net worth of a good or service when all of the associated costs and benefits are taken into account over its entire life cycle. Related to valuation calculations for the Triple Bottom Line. For example, jewelry grade diamonds have few practical uses and high extraction costs (with secondary and tertiary costs that must be factored in). As such, in a real cost valuation system, they might be considered far less valuable than an equivalent weight of graphite.
Real Cost Valuation, Utility Valuation
An iterative process of development in which the outcomes of one round feed back as inputs to the next. In the Emergence Model, recursive processes take the results of each highly leveraged initiative as the starting point for the next level of evolutionary change.
The belief or practice of expressing one explanation in terms of another in order to show that one is completely explained by the other. A belief that the salient aspects of system can be completely specified by accounting for its component parts and their relationships. Complex systems are rarely understood using this approach alone. While it can be useful to understand the parts, the whole in which they reside is often the more interesting area of study. (See also, Holon.)
Reductionism, Reductionist, Reductionistic
Processes that restore, renew, or revitalize their own sources of energy and materials, creating sustainable systems that integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature. In the Emergence Model, structures that move from a linear materials economy to a closed loop economy are valued as more highly evolved and adaptive. These structures, and their associated structures in all four quadrants, work together to create synergies and free up resources for human development. This is also a feature of any system which is moving from a developmental stage marked by growth and consumption to a more mature phase of development which is homeostatic and regenerative..
A system of valuation based on the difficulty of obtaining a good or service, implying an inverse relationship between price and supply. This system is problematic in that it can promote scarcity of needed or useful items while devaluing necessary goods that are abundantly available and services that would be very costly if not performed by components of the natural environment for free.
A conscious, evolutionary system in which a vigilant, educated, and engaged population monitors symptoms and signs of decay, crowd-sources solutions, assigns appropriate responsibility for execution and accountability, and honestly evaluates results for continuous improvement. A system in which a vigilant, educated, an engaged population monitors symptoms and signs, crowd-sources solutions, assigns appropriate responsibility for execution and accountability, evaluates. The idea behind self governance is to support the entire global population to be self-governing agents that govern their own behavior in ways that are optimum for them and optimum for every other agent and optimum for the whole simultaneously
Imposed (command and control) governance is by contrast is any limit on agency. In a self governing civilization we would only limit agency if not doing so would limit more agency in the system because that person’s agency is acting in a way that limits wider agency. So it is agency optimizing law, systemic agency optimizing law or systemic liberty optimizing.
A process that comes to a halt through its own operations. In population dynamics, growth that overshoots the carrying capacity of a substrate or ecosystem to such an extent that the species is subject to massive die-off or possible local extinction. For example, a virus that spreads so quickly it provokes herd immunity, runs out of suitable hosts, and dies out.
One quadrant within the Emergence Model for classifying the determinants of human behavior. Social structures comprise the “software” of the collective and include the protocols for decision making and the allocation of power and resources.. Social structures are the agreement fields we make for how we interact with each other and interact with infrastructure,, the earth and technology. They include legal, political, economic, governance, and social acceptance protocols, as well as historical records and cultural interpretations.
One quadrant within the Emergence Model for classifying the determinants of human behavior. Superstructures comprise the “software” of the individual and include is the worldview, memetic narratives regarding definition of self, worth, appropriateness, definitions of success, and other motivational factors. Also included is the knowledge base that the individual has access to.
The Emergence Model classification system based on the structural systems that fulfill human needs and the ways in which those structures predispose and constrain the behavior of individuals and groups. There is an interactive relationship between human actors and the structures they participate in. Metastructures allow for comparisons of structures by their effects on human agency and the quality of life. For example, needs can be met in ways that recirculate resources, or that reduce them to unusable forms (waste). A need for food can be met through a system of low-quality food distribution that predisposes people to need medical care for deficiency diseases. Or, it can be met by growing high-quality fresh produce locally in a sharing economy. Both meet the presenting need in ways that have vastly different consequences for the individual and the society. The taxonomy allows for a complete accounting of, and comparison between, such structures.
Taxonomy of Metastructures
Governance is decision making. The process whereby collective decisions are made and carried out, ideally with suitable input from, and on behalf of, the members of a community.
The criteria for determining whether an initiative is evolutionary within the Emergence Model. By "doable," we mean feasible with the technology that is current at the time or soon to be deployed. By "desirable" we mean that the initiative must take us closer to the omni-considerate ideal. By "adequate" we mean that the results must take us over the threshold to sustainability as accounted for by all four quadrants.
Doable, Desirable, Adequate
Criteria within the Emergence Model for determining when the taxonomy of metastructures is complete. It must include all of the structures that are required for the emergence of a sustainable global civilization and the desired transitions from unsustainable versions to regenerative versions. Necessary indicates that each of the structures to be updated is required, and that by omitting any one of them the evolutionary potential of the society remains at risk. Sufficient means that the set of structures is complete enough to produce lasting net positive changes leading to the emergence of a truly sustainabe global civilization.
Necessary and Sufficeint
Collective decisions that regulate agency (our free will and autonomy). Whenever there are decisions related to the collective, decisions beyond what somebody makes in their own self as an agent that affect the behavior of agents, then that’s the basis for law. Law is ethics that we’re willing to enforce and specifically it’s wherever we are willing to limit agency.
Imposed Religious Ethos
When you study the evolution of our concept of God, it was animistic ideas first, so the spirit of everything and then animism evolved into polytheism, so you got progressively lesss psirits that were more powerful. That eventually ended up moving into monotheism and then patriarchal versions of monotheism. So it was a power consolidation of God's process and going along with that was an increase in the rewards and punishment for extrincsic motive.. Most of our religious ethos is based on one all knowing all seeing powerful god to which there is no appeal and then the worst punishment ever is absolute torture forveer with no appeal (hell) and absolute paradise forever without loss as a reward.
An omni-considerate value system is an expression of abstract empathy that encompasses care and concern for the well-being of all human beings and, indeed, all self-aware and sentient beings living now and in the future. To actually think about and feel about and really care about the subjective experience of beings that don’t exist yet or that you’ll never see or that are very different from you is not unnatural to us, meaning it’s not something we have to force, but it also is not automatic. It has to be conditioned for and can be conditioned for.
Omni-considerate does not just concern itself with subjective experience, but the empirical and systemic conditions and actions that support the experience of a high quality life.
Government, Imposed Government
The social system of people, laws, and officials that define and control the country that you live in. It is the form or system of rule which imposes a set of behaviors on individual members of the system. In general government is an imposed command and control regulatory process that is not aligned with emergent regulatory dynamics. Government is designed to limit agency for the greater good.
A typical range of outcomes that a system tends to converge upon regardless of its initial state.Once reached, the system tends to continue operating within that range. Attractors are locally defined within a given environment. The same system in a different context might converge on a different set of outcomes.
An approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature's time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul. (from biomimicry.org)
Co-Evolve, Co-Evolution, Co-Influence
A relationship or process in which two or more systems exert selection pressures on one another to favor characteristics that are of mutual benefit. These can include a balance of predator, prey, and photosynthesizers in a natural ecosystem or the mutual advancement toward joint optimization of equipment and best practices in the sociotechnical approach to organizational development.
A process in which the automatic processes of self regulation are brought into conscious awareness and intentionally managed. For example: using a population census and an ideal carrying-capacity estimate to determine how many hunting licenses to issue. This process takes into account the natural process of predation to optimize sustainable population levels. Conscious self regulation also applies to individual behavior. People who abide by moral or ethical principles to sublimate unwelcome urges are also consciously self regulating. The system of checks and balances implemented in the U.S. Constitution was intended to create an automatic system of self regulation. Elections were intended to bring a degree of conscious attention to the governance process.
A means by which people are compelled or induced to perform work that is not necessarily in alignment with their preferences or the expression of their highest talents or callings.
Deliberate or default actions that move stress, waste, or entropy sources outside of a system boundary without ensuring that another system within the environment can use the energy or materials as a direct inputs. Such activity allows unprocessed/commingled waste or disruption to accumulate in the environment, leading to a compounding of effects that directly damage other systems and eventually undermine the originating system as well. In the superstructures quadrant, this could include scapegoating or harboring prejudice. In the social systems quadrant, exporting costs through negative externalities (such as pollution and depletion). In the infrastructures quadrant, exporting unprocessed commingled wastes or using products with toxic side effects.
Harm Externalizing Behavior
An alternative to Maslow's hierarchy of human needs, and other rankings like Kohlberg's level of moral develpent, (as well as various religious traditions), which have asserted various orderings of most noble to least noble motives. The Emergence Model views the complex interplay of human motivations as a holarchy in which various motives are subsumed within a larger context: a desire to perpetuate and enhance the quality of human life. Different strategies operate at difference scales (individual, group, tribe/community, regional, national. species-wide, pan-species), and with different foci (physiological, security, belonging, esteem, self-actualizing, community empowering) to produce compelling cases for action. However, all of those cases are rooted in a universally shared desire for a positive experience of life.
Holarchy of Values
The desire to act from a spontaneous, engaged place of alignment with internal values, talents, desires, and aspirations. The happiest, most creative, most meaningfully influential people are also the most intrinsically driven. They act, not from fear of punishment, nor seeking reward, but with agency, identifying as self-realizing beings. One goal of an emergent system of self-governance is to maximize individual agency in coordination with the common good through reconciliation of individual and communal aspirations through intrinsic motivational alignment.
A narrative or view of the inner subjective nature of life experience that is based on agency and internal motivation to foster the emergence and expression of deeper insight within an individual. A personalized spiritual ethos welcomes diversity and inclusivity in a strategy of unity through diversity.
Personalized Spiritual Ethos
A commonwealth is a form of governance in which individual retain their authority and agency while pooling resources for mutual benefit. In a resource-optimizing commonwealth, the method of ensuring mutual benefit is by focusing attention and activity around the principle of optimizing the use of resources held both privately and in common.
Resource Optimizing Commonwealth
Behaviors engaged in by people in a repetitive, customary, or routine manner. Such patterns are typically predisposed or constrained (conditioned) by the infrastructure, social structure, memetic structure, and physiologic structure. For example, as modern infrastructure increasingly relies on computing technology, people tend to engage more frequently with computing devices. Not all people participate, but those who refrain may find themselves socially out of touch, economicially disadvantaged, or with other negative consequences for not keeping up. The characteristic pattern of behavior withi a milieu does not negate individual agency, but reflects how agency is steered by conditioning factors.
Human Behavior Patterns
A circumstance, siuation, structure, or milieu that predisposes individuals and groups toward engaging in one sort of behavior and away from another. A condition might be a perceived advantage or a constraint that impedes action or produces unwanted results or side-effects.
This glossary is an initial list of key words and phrases that are important to The Emergence Project worldview, to aid clear understanding.
Why have a glossary?
Term clarification: We are coining a number of new terms, using terms that are not common, and using terms that are often ambiguously used. One of the major challenges in language is lack of clear agreement on definitions. Coming to agreement on our terms terms is a prerequisite for understanding eachother, and for coming to clear agreements on anything else. We offer this glossary to help clearly define concepts that are essential to the approach advocated here.
To help evolve language: We want to help support the evolution of language itself given the profound role it plays in shaping the human experience. Language is not only a tool for sharing our perceptions and experiences with each other - it also a tool for shaping them. We think in language. And thought filters and shapes perception. Patterns of thought structure patterns of language, and patterns of language structure patterns of thought...in other words, how we perceive the world, how we think about it, and how we speak about it, all co-influence each other and co-evolve.
As Bucky Fuller pointed out, the terms "sunrise" and "sunset", or "upstairs" and "downstairs", are clearly erroneous on a round planet that ciricles the sun. They arose from the geo-centric, flat earth cosmology of a previous time. Continuing to use those terms subtly keeps reinforcing a wrong intution about our place in the cosmos (which in turn, reinforces certain paterns of behavior). Rather than saying "surise and sunset", speaking about "earth rotation".... and rather than saying "up and down", speaking about going "out or in" from a common gravitational center... would help condition a deeper embodied awareness in us, of the fact that we live on a tiny round planet traveling through space, rotating and orbiting a star - that we are not the center of the universe with everything rotating around us...that our "up" is someone else's down or sideways, and to think in less regional and more global terms - that we live on an organic spaceship and that we are all the crew. This is one example of the power that even seemingly trivial changes in the use of language can have on our world view, our experience, and our behavior.
The terms in this glossary define concepts that are essential to a more integrated view of universe. These concepts can affect the way we think about the human condition, the nature and causes of the challenges we face, what a desirable future looks like, and how to help bring it about...such that new insights arise for how to be effective agents of evolution.