Sunday, May 28, 2017

common sense

With help from a prodigious variety of "pre-analytic conditions", many already sense that metazoan life serves the preservation of layered complexity by means of work maintaining (i.e. fostering, nurturing, buffering) correlations between subsystems. In that context, task layer multiplicity (TLM) data simply examines the correlation layers (directed in/out from skin, family, and culture) to which attention is being directed by community participants.

Friday, May 26, 2017

scoring process-defocus

News media stories obsessed with a focus on organisms as agents (which naturally appeals to our paleolithic perceptions), with no mention of the processes eliciting organism behaviors, are taking us blindly down a path of decline for social complexity per capita, as obstacles to the support of healthy human communities unfold. Might we come up with some guidelines here for rating broadcasts according to this obsession, to perhaps help dispel some of the fog?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

ideastream health

Folks in general model cause, effect, and opportunity in their environment in terms of fellow organisms. However the idea codes that we offer for replication (including those in joint-editing spaces like this) are the DNA of our future.

Anything we do to improve this awareness is perhaps worthwhile.

Friday, March 10, 2017

many words one idea

Just as there are many "units" for measuring ordered and/or disordered energy, like joules, calories, kilowatt hours, cubic feet of natural gas, and gallons of gasoline, so in the world of multilayer complex systems there are many names for correlations that look inward and outward from a boundary, as well as for the three broken-symmetry boundaries of most direct interest to metazoans.

In the latter case, for example with helpful suggestions from C. Robert Cloninger, consider the "trichotomy" of boundaries associated with metazoan life on earth i.e. in which organisms first learned to give special treatment first to self, then to family, then to culture:

Echoes of the 3 key "broken-symmetry" boundaries.
skin family culture
friends community profession
executive legislative judicial
self-directed cooperative transcendent
blaming ↔ responsible asocial ↔ empathic materialistic ↔ idealistic
insecure ↔ resourceful hostile ↔ kind conventional ↔ imaginative

Where else might one find this trichotomy being put to use?

For the in/out-ward looking subsystem-correlation direction, which recognizes a fundamental difference between tasks of interior nurturing and exterior taming, consider instead the dichotomy:

Echoes of the 2 key "boundary-related" directions.
inward-looking correlations outward-looking correlations
yin yang
self friends
family community
culture profession
right left
nurture explore
religion science
defense offense

Different words, different boundaries, but the same underlying distinction. Perhaps the world is not as simple or as complex as we think, given that in each case the challenge is not "which column" but instead "how to strike a balance".

Friday, February 3, 2017

process before polity

What fraction of their time do folks in a given community get to spend on profession, culture, job, family, friends, and self? This question about processes going on may be worth asking, before we spend too much time making choices about policy or personality. What do you think?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

planetary-surface reaction layers

A useful counterpoint to organism-centricity, and in particular to the media's xenophobic focus on "aliens" from outer space, may be the idea that life (like that on earth) is to first order a fascinating steady-state reaction-layer between a planetary surface and the high-energy photon bath provided to that surface by the nearest star. Moving of that reaction off planet e.g. to a neighboring planet, to space habitats, or even to a star system elsewhere may, in that context, be much easier said than done.

The possibilities are of course certainly worth exploring. If taking care of our own planet is a leap for us, terraforming a nearby one is a bigger leap (that we may never manage unless we recognize the challenge), and the energy requirements of travel between star systems (even though relativity helps with time-elapsed for the traveler) make it hardly cost-effective for transferring organisms like us. Transfer of molecular and/or idea codes, on the other hand, e.g. over 105 year time scales via radiation-pressure ejected nanoparticles or over 10 to 1000 year time scales by electromagnetic communication, may be another story.

Friday, December 9, 2016

AI and income

The question of survival for individuals displaced by automation comes up with increasing frequency these days. Perhaps task layer multiplicity is a concept which can clarify our thinking to these ends.

In particular, if our communities depend on correlation-buffering on all six layers that look in/out from skin, family, and culture, it makes sense that participation in one or more of these layers is a tangible contribution. In fact, a "universal-minimum income", linked explicitly to an individual's participation in such layers, might serve as a healthy complement to the current system which focuses exclusively on what you are doing only for folks who have money.

As with all such programs, development of tools to minimize draining of resources by "defectors" will likely be a long-term and imperfect process. However if implemented in a constuctive way, such a program might enlist the support of participants from a wide range of places in our economy.

What do you think?