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Presentation of Inter-relationships of Different Levels of Inquiry

Functional Classification in an Integrative Matrix of Human Preoccupations (Figure 6)

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(Adapted from tables of Erich Jantsch, Design for Evolution)
See commentary in Functional Classification in an Integrative Matrix of Human Preoccupations


Rational level
of perception/inquiry
Mythological level
of perception/inquiry
Evolutionary level
of perception/inquiry
Spiritual space Policies Iconological determination Imagination, creativity Objective will, love
Design concepts Regulation, centering Learning, hope Paradigms (religions, ideologies)
Norms Regularities Values Purpose, faith
Social space Policies Social control, governmental Participation, subjective will Union, sharing
Design concepts Behaviour, system forces Role-playing expectations Normative ethics
Norms Behavioural patterns Individual ethics Ethics of whole systems
Physical space Policies Physical control Environmental quality Continuity of life
Design concepts Predictability Interaction, possession Harmony, aesthetics
Norms Measure Quality, wholeness Oneness
Right-brain Integrated Left-brain Right-brain Integrated Left-brain Right-brain Integrated Left-brain
Basic experience ("What we...") Are Creative (Being) Self (Becoming) Ego (Doing) Drifting Cybernetic actor Homo Faber Empty channel Evolutionary agent Rebel (Prometheus)
Feel Instinct (Groundedness) Continuation (Beauty) Intellect (Mobility) Compassion Communication (Morality) Rectitude Eros Communion (Truth) Logos
Perceive Contents Change Form (Measure) Gestalt (Quality) Process Structure Attraction Order of process (Evolution) System
Know Viability Efficiency (Know-how) Utility Dynamic forces Goals (Know what) Connections Flow, change of regime Purpose (Know where-to) Defined regime
Want Basic drives (Needs) Possession (Static security) Achievement of targets Non-attachment Expectations Demands Self-abandonment Hope (Dynamic security) Clarity
Conceive Conservation Force (Replacement) Progress Adaptation Roles Investment Finding Syntony (Tuning-in) Invention
Can do Instinctual response Behaviour (Learned response) Leverage (Technology) Receptivity Action Creativity Inactivism (Man of Tao) Regulation (Control of powers) Activism (Don Quixote)

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