Jared Diamond: Societal Collapse

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If you listen carefully to what Jared Diamond is saying in the TED video above, he is describing not a five part, but a six part power curve into a systemic singularity. This has been one of the core themes of discussion of this blog.  We all seem to be too close to our problems to see the commonality.  The interrogatives come into play here:

  1. Goals
  2. People
  3. Functions
  4. Forms
  5. Times
  6. Distances

Times and Distances being the basis on which the higher orders are built.

When we look at the recent economic “crisis” we see 300 trillion in currency circulating and roughly 1 trillion to 2 trillion shifting suddenly and unexpectedly.  We witnessed a systemic collapse, a singularity, a tipping point, a power curve, an exponential change, a phase transition or whatever label you want to call it.  These have been happening everywhere since Time and Distance began in different contexts and orders both in human and non-human systems.

What Jared Diamond and other alarmists are implying is that human society is now a system approaching its final singularity in this century on this planet.  We are implying that today we are experiencing a less than one percent crisis on a power curve into a singularity.  How many more iterations will the global system withstand?  Will humanity make the step into space successfully before we experience a global dark age?  How will the six or more factors in the power curve play out?

The truth to me appears to be that power curves whether they play out or not result in either a systemic climax or anti-climax followed by a systemic collapse.  Would it not be better if we experienced a systemic climax that led to us expanding into the solar system?

Systemic collapse seems to be the fashion of this generation.  Every generation looks with fascination at its own youth, maturition, reproduction and acceleration into mortality.  Some die early, some die late, but all die.  It is an irrevocable law of nature.  It is not about self-interest.  It is about what self-interest is defined as.

Related Posts:

Beyond the Singularity

Servitas and Libertas

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The Brain: The Hierarchy of Consciousness

I have been thinking about consciousness since I read Milan Kundera’s novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being. I don’t believe that humanism is the atheist vision. I believe that humanism has failed. Homo sapience is inadequate. Natura sapience is necessary for us to survive and to thrive. Naturalism is the future of atheism.

Human beings do not have a monopoly on consciousness. Consciousness is a spectrum. The more complex the life form, the higher the level of consciousness. If we think about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as differing levels of consciousness in living things and not simply in human beings we can think about what level of consciousness each form of life has managed to evolve into.

Green Hat: It’s Best to Brainstorm Alone

I came across this quote on brainstorming today and find I agree with it.

“The result, it turned out, is not an anomaly. In a [1987 study, researchers] concluded that brainstorming groups have never outperformed virtual groups. Of the 25 reported experiments by psychologists all over the world, real groups have never once been shown to be more productive than virtual groups. In fact, real groups that engage in brainstorming consistently generate about half the number of ideas they would have produced if the group’s individuals had [worked] alone.

In my experience the added demands to coexist in harmony while in a group implements more self-editing of ideas than when you are alone. Maslow would conclude that esteem (relativity), belonging (optimivity) and safety (pessimivity) would actually limit self-actualization (creativity) . (Forgive me for creating two new terms, I’m virtual brainstorming.)

Traditional brainstorming falls under the social and social-psychological domain of Yellow Hat, White Hat and Black Hat in the Six Hats, Six Coats Framework. More people automatically implies, more relationships, meaning more difficult generalization; more attributes, meaning more difficult normalization; and more constraints, meaning more difficult exceptionalization. It flies in the face of the assumptions behind the concepts of synergy and of socialist and communist thought. It also gives Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism a great boost.

Green Hat (creativity), is a state of mind where one rises above Yellow Hat (relativity), White Hat (optimivity) , Black Hat (pessimivity), Red Hat (anthropivity) and Blue Hat (chronivity). The state of leadership as opposed to citizenship, apprenticeship, studentship, humanship and existence.

If you want to think great thoughts, you must first think them alone.

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The Six Hats, Six Coats Framework

“You’ve come a long way baby.” — Virginia Slims

I have been attempting to come up with a means to communicate some of my insights without losing the heart of the Six Hats, Six Coats metaphor. I was sick of repeating the graphic without adding much more content. Finally, I have come up with the Six Hats, Six Coats Framework.

First, let’s refresh on what the Six Hats represent:

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REVISE: Conceptualize. Expand Meaning. What are you enhancing or making right? Creativity.

RELATE: Contextualize. Focus on Uniqueness. What is your mantra? Relativity.

REPORT: Logicalize. Maximize Value. What are you normalizing to the limit? Optimicity.

RECORD: Physicalize. Minimize Cost. What is your business model? Pessimicity.

REFINE: Mechanicalize. Humanize Interaction. How do you lower the barriers to adoption? Anthropicity.

REPEAT: Operationalize. Synchronize. Increase Availability. How do you make yourself convenient? Synchronicity.

Second, lets refresh on what the Six Coats represent:

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MOTIVE: Motivational. Why? Concepts affected.

LOCALE: Spatial. Where? Contexts affected.

OBJECT: Formal. What? Logics affected.

METHOD: Functional. How? Physics affected.

PERSON: Personal. Who? Humans affected.

MOMENT: Temporal. When? Synchrons affected.

Now, let’s look at some of our concepts in within the Six Hats, Six Coats Framework.

The first is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (rows) and the Zachman Focuses (columns):

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Second is McLuhan’s Laws of Media (rows) and the Zachman Focuses (columns):

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Third is Moffett’s Universe of Discourse (rows) and the Zachman Focuses (columns):

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The Data, Information, Knowledge and Wisdom Model hierarchy (rows) and Zachman Focuses (columns):

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Now, we are going to break the rules. Perhaps we will see something we hadn’t considered.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (rows) and Moffett’s Universe of Discourse (columns):

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McLuhan’s Laws of Media (rows) and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (columns):

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McLuhan’s Laws of Media (rows) and Moffett’s Universe of Discourse (columns):

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Second last, “old reliable”, an abstract representation of the Zachman Framework:

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Finally, one I call “Puzzles and Pieces”:

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Hope you might see something new. It is sort of an ad nauseum excercise in search of a new pattern. Personally, I am reflecting on the similarity of multiple systems of thought about systems. “Puzzles and Pieces” was the outcome for me so far. The top three rows are the relationships above the individual entities (ie. Networks above Nodes) and the bottom three rows are the relationships below the individual entities (ie. Nodas below Nodes). I had to create some new terms for the focuses of the lower three rows.

See the latest version of the Six Hats, Six Coats Framework here.

Since I have created this framework I have made considerable progress and simplification you can see the result of this here.

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Parts and Assemblies

This is another way of looking at the Six Hats, Six Coats metaphor:

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I’m looking for a good name for this matrix.  Right now I call these “parts and assemblies” and show their relationships: extra (outside), inter (between) and intra (within). We can look at these in respect to the Zachman Framework

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We can also look at the frameworks in the previous post and discover more traits of our frameworks.

Here’s a new table format I am experimenting with:

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Hope you like it.

The Six Hats, Six Coats Rack

Now that we have been exploring the Six Hats, Six Coats metaphor, I want to bring back the Zachman Framework as an abstract.

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The term “relations” is equivalent to “tables”. “Associations” is equivalent to “rows”. “Attributes” is equivalent to columns. “Domains” is equivalent to “valid values”. “Definitions” is equivalent to “affordances”. “Manipulations” is equivalent to “transactions”.

You can see when we abstract in this way the correlation with the Six Hats, Six Coats metaphor is complete.

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So why create the two models? I created the Six Hats, Six Coats model to have a neutral workspace to reveal how many other hexads exist and correlate. We have seen how Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs,

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and McLuhan’s Tetrads

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can all be extended to fit onto this framework. And I will continue to incorporate more elements as they present themselves.

Mix Thirty-Six (Remix)

This has been a long process of iterative refinement, but I believe it has borne good fruit. In this post I take the Six Coats one by one and put them up against the Six Hats. I have been doing it the opposite way up to now, but I believe the best way to come up with new perspectives is to change your angle of approach. This is a long post, I hope you get something out of it. Personally, for the first time I took Zachman’s Framwork, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats, McLuhan’s Laws of Media, and Guy Kawasaki’s Art of the Start and wove them all together into a cohesive whole.

Take your website or any system and run through these questions. I talk about the world freely in these questions. When you create a website or blog that is what you are affecting.

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In the Six Hats, Six Coats metaphor, the Green Coat is the Motivational focus. The emphasis is upon goals.

Green Coat, Green Hat: Why are we meaningful? This is the motive behind your concept. This is the self-actualization goal. Why are you enhancing the world?

Green Coat, Yellow Hat: Why are we unique? This is the motive behind your context. This is the esteem goal. Why are you retrieving from the world?

Green Coat, White Hat: Why are we maximum value? This is the motive behind your logic. This is the belonging goal. Why are you ordering the world?

Green Coat, Black Hat: Why are we minimum cost? This is the motive behind your physics. This is the safety goal. Why are you obsolescing the world?

Green Coat, Red Hat: Why are we intuitive? This is the motive behind your mechanisms. This is the physiological goal. Why are you humanizing the world?

Green Coat, Blue Hat: Why are we convenient? This is the motive behind your operations. This is the existential goal. Why are you communicating with the world?

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In the Six Hats, Six Coats metaphor, the Yellow Coat is the Spatial focus. The emphasis is upon locations.

Yellow Coat, Green Hat: Where are we meaningful? This is the space of your concept. This is the self-actualization location. Where are you enhancing the world?

Yellow Coat, Yellow Hat: Where are we unique? This is the space of your context. This is the esteem location. Where are you retrieving from the world?

Yellow Coat, White Hat: Where are we maximum value? This is the space of your logic. This is the belonging location. Where are you ordering the world?

Yellow Coat, Black Hat: Where are we minimum cost? This is the space of your physics. This is the safety location. Where are you obsolescing the world?

Yellow Coat, Red Hat: Where are we intuitive? This is the space of your mechanisms. This is the physiological location. Where are you humanizing the world?

Yellow Coat, Blue Hat: Where are we convenient? This is the space of your operations. This is the existential location. Where are you communicating with the world?

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In the Six Hats, Six Coats metaphor, the White Coat is the Formal focus. The emphasis is upon information.

White Coat, Green Hat: What is meaningful? This is the form of your concept. This is the self-actualization information. What are you enhancing in the world?

White Coat, Yellow Hat: What is unique? This is the form of your context. This is the esteem information. What are you retrieving from the world?

White Coat, White Hat: What is maximum value? This is the form of your logic. This is the belonging information. What are you ordering in the world?

White Coat, Black Hat: What is minimum cost? This is the form of your physics. This is the safety information. What are you obsolescing in the world?

White Coat, Red Hat: What is intuitive? This is the form of your mechanisms. This is the physiological information. What are you humanizing in the world?

White Coat, Blue Hat: What is convenient? This is the form of your operations. This is the existential information. What are you communicating with the world?

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In the Six Hats, Six Coats metaphor, the Black Coat is the Functional focus. The emphasis is upon process.

Black Coat, Green Hat: How will we be meaningful? This is the function of your concept. This is the self-actualization process. How will you enhance from the world?

Black Coat, Yellow Hat: How will we be unique? This is the function of your context. This is the esteem process. How will you retrieving from the world?

Black Coat, White Hat: How will we be maximum value? This is the function of your logic. This is the belonging process. How will you order the world?

Black Coat, Black Hat: How will we be minimum cost? This is the function of your physics. This is the safety process. How will you obsolesce the world?

Black Coat, Red Hat: How will we be intuitive? This is the function of your mechanisms. This is the physiological process. How will you humanize the world?

Black Coat, Blue Hat: How will we be convenient? This is the function of your operations. This is the existential process. How will you communicate with the world?

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In the Six Hats, Six Coats metaphor, the Red Coat is the Personal focus. The emphasis is upon population.

Red Coat, Green Hat: Who are we meaningful to? This is the persona of your concept. This is the self-actualization population. Who are you enhancing in the world?

Red Coat, Yellow Hat: Who are we unique to? This is the persona of your context. This is the esteem population. Who are you retrieving from the world?

Red Coat, White Hat: Who are we maximum value to? This is the persona of your logic. This is the belonging population. Who are you ordering in the world?

Red Coat, Black Hat: What are we minimum cost to? This is the persona of your physics. This is the safety population. Who are you obsolescing in the world?

Red Coat, Red Hat: Who are we intuitive to? This is the persona of your mechanisms. This is the physiological population. Who are you humanizing in the world?

Red Coat, Blue Hat: Who are we convenient to? This is the persona of your operations. This is the existential population. Who are you communicating with in the world?

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In the Six Hats, Six Coats metaphor, the Blue Coat is the Temporal focus. The emphasis is upon occasion.

Blue Coat, Green Hat: When are we meaningful? This is the tempo of your concept. This is the self-actualization occasion. When are you enhancing the world?

Blue Coat, Yellow Hat: When are we unique? This is the tempo of your context. This is the esteem occasion. When are you retrieving from the world?

Blue Coat, White Hat: When are we maximum value? This is the tempo of your logic. This is the belonging occasion. When are you ordering the world?

Blue Coat, Black Hat: When are we minimum cost? This is the tempo of your physics. This is the safety occasion. When are you obsolescing the world?

Blue Coat, Red Hat: When are we intuitive? This is the tempo of your mechanisms. This is the physiological occasion. When are you humanizing the world?

Blue Coat, Blue Hat: When are we convenient? This is the tempo of your operations. This is the existential occasion. When are you communicating with the world?

That’s it. It has been a long haul and I am tired. I think it is obvious that this metaphor is portable to systems other than websites. I hope you can derive something from it.