The functionalist approach is based on the use of unicist logic. The objective of this document is to invite future leaders to adopt the functionalist approach that allows using a strategic approach to the real world and designing the operational processes that drive the evolution of the activities that are being developed.
The research on the functionalist approach to the real world included the research on human intelligence and was led by Peter Belohlavek at The Unicist Research Institute. The next stage of the research works is the development of IT applications based on the use of Unicist AI to help in the research process of the functional structures.
Different research works have demonstrated the functionality of the amygdala, the hippocampus, and the prefrontal cortex. This functionality provides the physiological framework of the functionalist approach:
The functionality of anything that is part of a system has a purpose, an active function, and an energy conservation function.
Now there is neural evidence that three dimensions organize mental state representation: Rationality, social impact, and valence. It demonstrates the functionality of what has been named collective intelligence that drives human decisions and actions. https://www.pnas.org/content/pnas/113/1/194.full.pdf
The functionalist approach is strongly influenced by the action of the hippocampus that influences the management of episodic memory, the past and the future, and is the access to the long-term memory, which builds concepts and makes them accessible. It has to be considered that human actions are driven by the concepts people have in mind. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/icn/sites/icn/files/bird08.pdf
The function of the trisynaptic circuit of the hippocampus is well known and can be found in open documents. Dealing with the future necessarily includes the functions included in the hippocampus. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trisynaptic_circuit
The function of the amygdala dealing with ambiguity, anger and frustrations establishes a sort of context to deal with the functionality of things. The management of conflicts includes the participation of functions included in the amygdala.
The function of the prefrontal cortex influences cognitive control, decision making and actions, which drive the purpose of functional thinking processes. Defining the functionality implies having cognitive control over the operation, which comprises functions included in the prefrontal cortex. https://www.ane.pl/pdf/3355.pdf
The Learning of the Unicist Functionalist Approach
The past professional education has been centered on the management of the operationality of things. But the educational models that deal with operational aspects require introducing an educational model that allows dealing with the functionality of things.
The research works on the functionality of the human brain provide the physiological information on how people deal with functionality. It provides the physiological explanation of the use of the unicist logic to manage the functionality of things.
Even though the way the brain learns to deal with the functionality is implicit in the research works on the functionality of the brain, this knowledge has not been transformed into educational systems that allow people to influence the evolution of the operationality of human actions.
The unicist educational model, focused on an action-reflection-action process, established the way a functionalist approach needs to be learned, which is based on stimulating the activities managed in the amygdala, the hippocampus, and the prefrontal cortex.
The functionalist approach differs from the operational approach and requires multiple experiences until the neural circuit that is needed becomes part of the long-term memory of an individual. It allows dealing with the triadic structure of things and the consequent integration of binary actions to manage them.
The use of unicist functional design and unicist cobots is a way to install the functionalist approach and allows people to use it here and now.
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The Unicist Functionalist Approach: The functionalist approach is based on the use of binary actions that are composed by two synchronized actions where the first one opens possibilities and the second one ensures results. www.unicist.org