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Adaptive Hypercycle of Sustainable Psychosocial Self-organization (Part #11)

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Irrespective of the insight achieved with respect to global governance, a fundamental challenge is how it is to be communicated to those who are expected to comprehend the insight and subscribe to the actions proposed. Conversely, a major issue for governance is to gather insight from the unforeseen arenas in which it may emerge.

Ironically the conch shell trumpet is recognized as one of the oldest instruments of sound propagation -- known since Neolithic times -- and therefore one of the antecedents of the natural trumpet by which people were gathered together by their leaders -- or as a means of warning the leaders from afar of imminent danger. Ironically again, the conch shell has also long been used as a hearing aid (or hearing trumpet) for those in need of such assistance. In both cases it is the geometry of the shell which magnifies sound. Modern hearing devices actually fit into the outer ear bowl -- known as the concha.

With respect to the above argument however there is a cognitive analogue regarding the accessibility of knowledge (notably in contrast to information) through an analogue to the amplification offered by the conch shell: 

  • the function of the configuration of mnemonic aids in rendering an insight from authorities comprehensible to wider publics may be enabled by a Fibonacci-style geometry.
  • the capacity of a Fibonacci-style geometry to capture distant insights and warning signals and to compress such information into meaningful knowledge
  • the capacity of those at a distance from places of (global) authority to use a means of transmitting (local) insight such that it can reach such authorities

Such cognitive analogues take account of the cognitive diversity associated with the "open end" of the shell geometry:

  • the need for incoming insight from a variety of sources to be appropriately subject to a reduction in complexity ("stepped down") to a form enabling a central decision to be made in the process of governance. This may typically be a binary decision well indicated at the core of that spiral geometry. It is appropriate to note that the I Ching hexagrams were specifically elaborated in response to provide a context for binary decision-making.
  • the reverse process is also of relevance, namely the manner in which a binary decision from any authority is transformed into a variety of meaningful forms with which members of a wider population may variously engage.

As with modern megaphones and amplifiers, telecommunications makes use the wave guidance offered by of conch-style horn antenna for certain functions. However the cognitive analogue in processing multi-sectoral information is not assisted by any analogous process -- although it might be argued that computer applications using Fibonacci heaps and tree structures are indicators of such possibilities.

A more general argument can however be made. Policy-makers speak frequently of the need for "vision", without their being any question of having their own (cognitive) "eyes" tested for any possible need for corrective lenses, despite being demonstrably challenged in their capacity to "see", whether long-distance or short-distance. It can be similarly argued that policy makers may need hearing aids to compensate for difficulties in "hearing" of various kinds -- again frequently noted..

Beyond the extensive commitment to electronic surveillance, governance and decision-making in a complex society may require cognitive "hearing aids" -- potentially configured according to the geometric principles of the conch shell to facilitate interpretation of the volumes of insight available and expressed, whether by the governors or by the governed..

Fig. 6: Organization of insight processing appropriate to global governance?
Fig. 6a: European Parliament (Strasbourg) Fig. 6b: United Nations General Assembly (New York)
United Nations General Assembly in New York


Fig. 7: Possible alternative pattern of representative global insight organization and dissemination
-- appropriately inspired by the Golden Mean?
Sunflower showing organization of seeds Schematic layout of a sunflower from an Excel spreadsheet
Fig. 7a: Sunflower showing organization of seeds
(Flower Patterns and Fibonacci Numbers,
Mathematics and Knots, U.C.N.W., Bangor, 1996 - 2002;
S. Douady et Y. Couder,
La physique des spirales végétales, La Recherche, janvier 1993)
Fig. 7b: Fibonacci Numbers and Nature:
Why is the Golden section the "best" arrangement?
2009 by Ron Knott
Schematic layout of a sunflower from an Excel spreadsheet with a slider to alter the turns-per-seed on an interactive chart to show to enable recognition of the best distribution of 2000 seeds on a seedhead.

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