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System Dynamics, Hypercycles and Psychosocial Self-organization

Exploration of Chinese correlative understanding (Part #1)

Integrative exercise for the future
System dynamics, hypercycles and psychosocial self-organization
Requisite map for governance in the future?
Configuring "sides" and "braiding" discourse
Relevant application of Le Chatelier's Principle
Psychoactive engagement
In quest of a compass imbued in myth?

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Produced on the occasion of the enhanced activation of the circular Large Hadron Collider


This document develops commentary in Club of Rome Reports and Bifurcations: a 40-year overview (2010). It is specifically concerned with how interrelated initiatives, such as those indicated there, might be understood as effectively mapping the territory of preoccupations with global governance -- especially given their problematic relation to each other and to alternative perspectives.

The question is raised there as to why self-reflexivity is resisted in relation to mapping psychosocial dynamics (Consciously Self-reflexive Global Initiatives: Renaissance zones, complex adaptive systems, and third order organizations, 2007). Factors for an "eightfold way" which might merit discussion could therefore include:

Essentially these points raise the question of whether designing a map of value for global governance should build in factors regarding the process of how it is designed, used and comprehended -- notably with respect to what may be ignored, as previously discussed (Mapping the Global Underground, 2010; Recognizing the Psychosocial Boundaries of Remedial Action: constraints on ensuring a safe operating space for humanity, 2009). Basically the question is how self-reflexive is the map?

Viable governance for the future would seem to need to incorporate such disparate dimensions rather than seeking to marginalize some of them -- for in seeking to do so it increasingly alienates itself from voters, rendering the possibility of strategic traction problematic. The challenge may be one of reframing all strategic initiatives through new metaphors that can be readily communicated (In Quest of Mnemonic Catalysts -- for comprehension of complex psychosocial dynamics, 2007).

The focus here is on traditional insights from Chinese culture and various efforts to highlight their relevance to the understanding of complex systems, especially in the manner in which they offer an explicit -- and much needed -- bridge between systematic formalization and its understanding through metaphor. The relevance of such exploration is enhanced by recognition that the increasing significance of Chinese foreign policy may be informed by insights that are outside conventional western patterns of understanding.

The following argument also serves as an introduction to further development of specific aspects in a separate document (Adaptive Hypercycle of Sustainable Psychosocial Self-organization: designing a mapping of a Chinese metaphorical pattern language, 2010).

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