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Adaptive Hypercycle of Sustainable Psychosocial Self-organization (Part #14)


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The design challenges of the above extra-planetary vehicles also suggest the merit of reflecting on the task of any driver, especially where there is a need to compensate for features of the design which render the vehicle less than stable. If a hypercycle is indeed to be recognized as a valuable way of understanding strategic challenges in navigating the adaptive cycle, then how the "driver" (of the set of interchanging conditions mapped by Fig. 2) achieves this can be helpfully focused by how distinct kinds of vehicles are used:

  • monocycle (unicycle): if the governance challenge is understood as dealing with a single hypercycle, then riding a monocycle clearly highlights the level of skill required in maintaining balance. Aspirations to global governance might indeed be fruitfully compared with endeavouring to operate a monocycle -- with limited possibilities to learn, other than by failing. On the other hand framing the challenge in terms of a single hypercycle may not be the most fruitful.
  • bicycle: the ability to maintain balance is clearly readily learnt in this case. Far less evident is the actual learning process and the difficulties in acquiring that skill. If the challenge of global governance is to be compared with acquiring such skills then of further interest is what indeed might the two cycles be? Are such "cycles" implicit in the typical political processes of government and opposition -- on which governance is expected to depend but which it is expected to transcend? The challenge of balance may then be compared with "alternation" between cycles, as previously explored (Development through Alternation, 1983; Metaphors of Alternation an exploration of their significance for development policy-making, 1984). It may also be compared to the cyclic process of walking (Walking Elven Pathways: enactivating the pattern that connects, 2006; Transdisplinarity-3 as the Emergence of Patterned Experience: transcending duality as the conceptual equivalent of learning to walk, 1994). Even with a "mountain bike" the challenges of unsmooth terrain may be severe -- as with governance.
  • 4-wheeled vehicle: in such cases the problems of balance and stability are of far less significance -- when the vehicle is stationary. However difficulties clearly arise with respect to terrain, even with an "all-terrain" vehicle. Problems of balance are also evident when travelling at any speed -- particularly when there is a need to change direction. These factors are of course significant for governance in navigating the adaptive cycle.
  • multi-wheeled vehicles:  designing in response to problematic terrain, and the need for load-bearing and traction, then raise the issue of how many wheels are appropriate and the distinction made between wheels used for direction only, those linked to the drive shaft (4-wheeled drive), and those whose function is primarily load bearing (notably as in road trains).

The issues of balance, terrain, and traction clearly have analogues in strategic governance -- meriting careful review in the light of insights from such design challenges. Traction is especially interesting given the need for cognitive engagement with the population expected to be "carried" or "moved" by any strategic initiative.

How many cycles, notably those linking the conditions encoded by the hexagrams, should be understood as interrelated through a hypercycle? A fruitful line of investigation may be the manner in which the cycles necessary for governance and sustainability can be "embodied" -- when the "driver" is integrated with the "vehicle", as implied by some symbolic interpretations of symbols of charioteers and their chariots, as in Hinduism (Existential Embodiment of Externalities: radical cognitive engagement, 2010). Such integration is clearly central to "hypercyclic management" in cellular biology (as mentioned in the introductory paper). But how is "hypercycle" to be comprehended, especially if it is potentially so vital to personal and collective governance in the future (Hyperaction through Hypercomprehension and Hyperdrive: necessary complement to hypertext proliferation in hypersociety, 2006)?


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