Structure: a dynamic process
|v Introduction: Reversed reasoning|
|v Elements of the system|
The dynamics of the process
Feedback: a cyclic process
Building the process: the phases
tables with details of the process > separate page
Example: contact with men, or contact with women
|v What can we do with this?|
Introduction: Reversed reasoning
It is my intention to investigate the structure of the human system. The objective may
be clear: I want to find a method which enables us to describe individual people. In ZZZ
#3 I have examined a typically organic process, namely an eating process, and came across
the fact that it could serve as a model for my analysis. In this zine I'll work in the
opposite direction. I shall begin with the reconstruction of the underlying process, the
standard form, logically reasoning from the most essential and most human notions I could
find. First the building materials shall be presented. With the help of that material the
phases of the process can be constructed, and subsequently I shall unify the whole (the
phases) and work it out in an example.
Elements of the human system
The building materials consist of a set of ideas and central notions from philosophy, but from other fields as well. For this moment it should be sufficient to just mention them and proceed with the theses which are based on my interpretation of the central ideas. Whenever necessary later on, I shall revert back and go into them deeper.
A human being is often described as an organization which (or as a program that) has to develop itself. To develop indicates that the result of that which we want to reach is present beforehand, only enveloped. Inside a system information is processed. 'Consciousness is a specific case [ note ] of the way in which information moves or is processed inside the system' [ note ]. Consciousness [ note ] has to do with the way in which a person handles the environment. Consciousness always implies a shift of the logical order, because it means that 'you know that you know'.
|All this has contributed demonstrably to the formulation of the following
- theses: -
|1. inner necessity
The singularity of every human being originates from an inner necessity, is a-priori given. This singularity consists of the inner space-time which includes conditions and capacities.
|2. dynamics: two directions open / experiencing, and feedback
The singularity has both the need to develop and to express itself, and an urge for self-preservation and self-protection. The first requires openness of the inner space-time in the face of an environment.
In order to express itself, the singularity has to be given a defined form in an environment: the conditions must be molded into a specific form as goals, the capacities must be developed into useful abilities.
Dependence (be it real or supposed dependence), a consequence of presence in an environment, is the source of experience, which in turn is needed to develop its capacities and to form its conditions more specifically. Openness and reticence in facing the environment, is determined by the singularity: experience is inserted in an inner context together with conditions and capacities. The interpretation of experience is, determined by the inner space-time, 'enveloped' in the inner context and 'developed' when time is ready. In other words: the openness of the singularity towards the environment, the interpretation of the environment, and the use of its conditions and capacities are determined by the inner space-time.
We see a self-determined process of continual interaction or reciprocity with an environment, and of feedback.
|fig. 1. dynamics
The dynamics necessary for experience, for feedback and development, boil down to a constant shift of direction. Out of its inner space-time the singularity directs itself towards the environment in openness, and vice versa directs itself towards its inner space-time in experiencing (attention, intimacy).
at the left side: impulses and differences,
3. four elements:
activity - value - difference - inner context
|The dynamic contact of the inner space-time of a human being with the
situation in the environment (a different space-time) consists of four elements. The
elements have this logical sequence: 1) activity - spatial movement in the environment's
space-time, is followed by 2) value - involvement of the time-scheme of the inner
space-time, after which between these two there can be 3) a difference - knowledge in time
in terms of the environment's space-time, after which 4) the context - reaction in spatial
movement in the inner space-time will be next in turn.
|4. three forms of activity:||evoke - respond - rework|
|During the contacts in dynamic alternation between the inner space-time of
the human being with the environment, activity must take place before any result can be
taken in as experience. The activity takes place in three forms: thesis, antithesis and
synthesis. We use verbs to indicate these forms: a. evoke or make, b. respond or claim and
c. rework or compare.
|As we want to cultivate all four elements in three different ways we need
twelve phases. In order to come up to the requirement of repetition, necessary to be able
to use experience, the last phase should link up with the first phase [ note ]. In this manner we have created a
structure which is based on a cyclic process that comprises twelve phases.
|fig. 2. feedback
The cyclic process, the circle with its twelve phases, alternately seeking activity and experience.
Feedback, necessary in order to learn from experience, is possible since the last stage (and sub-purpose) is connected with the first.
Building the process: the phases
On the basis of the notions given in the theses, we shall now build the process. Our building materials are: four elements, three verbs, and two dynamic directions. With that basic material we shall try to form sentences which describe the phases, the components of the basic process.
A few examples of how we can use the materials to construct sentences:
It should be mentioned that the process develops in a cumulative way, it becomes increasingly complex. In other words: the next phase always includes the former. The fourth sentence could read: "In the interaction with my environment I use (or not) my inner context and by allowing (or not) my conditions to determine my path, I form (or not) a solid (and conscious) base".
|In several ways this process can be subdivided in groups consisting of different
numbers of phases. If you took a large group of six phases in a row, i.e. half the circle,
then the second group would be a reflection of this. The character is that of complements.
The details of the connections and combinations that the process offers have been brought together on a separate page with tables and figures.
Example: the process
- contact with men, or contact with women.
The man or the woman could be somebody at my job or in a shop, someone sent in to do repairs, the boss, a colleague or a lover. This also describes my being assertive, and letting others take the initiative, respectively.
Whenever our behaviour does not have the result we expected it to have, we are able, unlike the example of eating an apple from ZZZ#3, to 'chew the cud'. I could go back to the first phase and ask myself what I exactly had in mind (phase 2), which path I have taken after that (3) and in which phase things could have gone wrong. I can ask myself what I expect from this man or woman, what I expect from men or women in general and which phases I may have skipped during the process.
In case an undesirable situation has developed after the consumption of a certain type
of food we cannot turn back the facts, as we could not in this example, but we can
henceforth chew and taste more carefully (phase 1) and stay alert to allergic reactions
from our body.
What can we do with this?
I have formulated in this zine some of my principal ideas. With these I have formed
building materials, used them to construct the phases of the underlying process and
finally worked out the phases in detail in two examples. This has resulted in the first
stages of a language suited to our purpose, a description of the process of consciousness
and a closely-reasoned system of conceivable internal connections (see also the annex and the list of keywords)
|A most important process is the process of beginning which, having been amplified by a
filtering or colouring, becomes a pattern of beginning (see the survey
of the pattern line). The instruments have their places within the colouring which is
determined by time and place. Thus the individual pattern becomes visible. For both the
filtering or colouring and the instruments we need to know more about the inner space-time
of the singularity. That will be the next subject in this series about structure.