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Active inaction destroys relationships and businesses

Active inaction works as an “ethical business virus” that destroys any productive relationship in organizations. Active inaction is a natural defense in the case of cultures and people who are not able or willing to assume the responsibility for generating added value. It is part of the lifestyle in underdeveloped environments. See:
http://www.unicist.org/complexity-sciences/index.php/unicist-papers-search/4-human-intelligence-and-behavior/52-conceptual-structure-of-active-inaction

Active InactionA paradigmatic trigger for active inaction is “innovation blindness”. People who are affected by “innovation blindness”, need to install the virus of “active inaction” to blame others for what they cannot “see”. See:
http://www.unicist.org/complexity-sciences/index.php/unicist-papers-search/4-human-intelligence-and-behavior/177-conceptual-structure-of-innovation-blindness

It adopts infinite shapes that are driven by the need of avoiding responsibility for results and are sustained by the actions of transferring costs and risks to others.

As it is known, people who do not manage the concepts of what they are doing cannot know what is possible to be achieved. Therefore, they cannot assume the responsibility for producing results.

Active inaction destroys personal relationships in organizations and works as an “ethical business virus” that seeks for the destruction of the ethics of an organization. Those individuals that install this “virus” have the feeling of impunity that is sustained by the fact that “they did nothing”. See:
http://www.unicist.org/complexity-sciences/index.php/unicist-papers-search/8-business-and-institutions/179-conceptual-structure-of-business-viruses

To sustain their impunity, they seek for accomplices in order to demonstrate that their inaction is not their problem, but a problem of the organization. Through this “accomplice pact” the virus can expand instantaneously in organizations.

It needs to be clarified that inaction, in a world that is moving, is an action in itself. It is the unique action that produces an extreme friction provoking the “implosion” of what is being done and the destruction of the ethics of the organization.

All actions, with exception of the “active inaction”, can be “lubricated” in order to have a smooth productive process. It is impossible to support something that is not being done.

That is why “active inaction” is unacceptable in the business world.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
https://www.unicist.org/talents/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/turi.pdf


The Unicist Ontology of Language

Language as a driver and inhibitor of human intelligence

The objective of the research was to find a way to forecast human behavior based on the use of languages and to define the natural languages necessary to approach different realities in different contexts. Language can be defined as a system of communication and of reasoning which makes use of representations, metaphors and grammar. Language is the code that humans use in conscious thinking processes that allows them emulating reality in mind. The research on languages and semiotics  began at the end of the seventies at The Unicist Research Institute.

The Unicist Ontology of Language

Facts and future human actions are implicit in the use of language.

It is also the mask of a culture’s ethics. A language is both an individual expression and the expression of the culture in which an individual lives and tries to adapt.

The ethics that underlies a culture is represented in the structure of the use of the language, in colloquial expressions, in the aphorisms of such language and in its metaphors.

This synthesis introduces the unicist ontology of language that is used in the development of behavioral forecasts.

A language may be rationally filtered, it can be self-censored or it can be foreseen in its hypothetical consequences.

But the implicit unicist ontology of language cannot be hidden if the one who is hearing truly listens.

Language as the structure for conscious reasoning

Language as Reasoning StructureLanguages allow structuring the conscious reasoning process of individuals. Babies do have reasoning processes that are based on “intuition”, and have a very low level of abstraction capacity.  Abstraction evolves with the evolution of an individual.

The functionality of language, depending on the type of thought, sustains the human adaptation processes. It must be considered that language is based on dualistic thinking which is natural to the human neural system.

That is why syncretic and analytic languages provide the security framework to communication.

On the other hand, factual and synthetic languages foster freedom-oriented approaches to integrate reasoning processes with the external reality.

Language as the code for communication

Communication is the most evident function of a language. Internal or external actions of an individual or groups of individuals are implicitly promoted by communication.

Communication ConceptThe unicist ontological structure of interpersonal communication includes:

  1. An adaptation process to generate added value to the environment and obtain the counterpart.
  2. A process of introjective empathy. The individual that is communicating has to introject the object of communication in order to apprehend reality.
  3. A process of “influential-sympathy”. This requires that individuals have to “vibrate” in a syntonic way with the environment. Having “influential-sympathy” requires exerting influence on the syntonic “vibration” with the environment to ensure the possibility to share experiences with others.
  4. A participation process. When pastime is the goal, participation processes have to be the implicit purpose of communication.
  5. A “projective-empathic” process, which is the starting point of any communication. Communication begins with the projection of our beliefs on the external reality.
  6. A process of “emotive-sympathy”, in which both sides discover that they might share the same emotions.

Language as the ethical mask of a culture

Ethical Intelligence Language is the central tool of a culture. That is what we call its “ethical mask”. The habits and myths are subjacent in a language, including the functional projective and introjective mechanisms that are used by the culture.

A language that is used in different cultures has divergent attributes influenced by each culture’s social ethics.

Ethics establishes the rules of reasoning processes and sustains communication. The ethical mask of languages establishes the link between language and ethics. This establishes the type of the complementation of the participants of a communication process.

A communication between peers requires managing the same level of ethics.

There is a language for each level of ethics. The ethical mask materializes the utopia implicit in each level of ethics.

The Unicist Ontology of the Functionality of Words

Interpersonal written or spoken language requires the use of words which, according to their meaning, define the functionality of communication.

This description explains the functionality implicit in the use of words.

Words’ FunctionalityThe results of this research help individuals to diagnose reality based on the facts implicit in what is said.

Conceptually, based on their meaning, there are four different “types” of words:

  1. Empty words: are those words that have no rational meaning in the context they are being used. They have multiple non structured meanings with no shareable purpose. Adjectives that have no adverbial function are empty words.
  2. Hollow words: are those words that are able to integrate in a unique sense the meanings given to them by emitters and receivers. In these words there is an implicit tacit purpose underlying.
  3. Full  words: are the words with a unique irrefutable meaning for those involved in a communication process. They are the solid container where hollow words fit in.
  4. Ambiguous words: are the words having two different meanings. One of the meanings is functional to the communication process and the other is dysfunctional.

The Unicist Ontology of Ambiguous Language

It is a language functional for the description of essences in order to approach the integration of reality in its possible oneness. It uses relational logic to operate in the field of ambiguity.

Ambiguous LanguageIt allows simplifying reality by approaching it using homologies. Ambiguous language and synthetic language are used as synonyms. When synthetic language is used properly, receivers are able to apprehend the essences of a situation, fact or action.

Ambiguous language is necessary to influence adaptive environments. Ambiguous language has no value in the field of operational problems.

The objective of ambiguous language is to generate added value based on a dialogue within the limits of the available information on the problem being faced.

There are two different types of dialogues when using ambiguous language: the dialogue with the facts and the dialogue with the people who are participating in the solution.

Pilot tests are the way to dialogue with facts using ambiguous language.

The Unicist Ontology of Figurative Communication

The use of language in a communication requires accepting the fact that in order to do something there has to exist real consensus.

Figurative Communication Words are naturally filtered before they are spoken or written. This filter can build the necessary fallacies to think that some communication is happening while in fact a different communication is occurring.

That is why communication can only be measured in the results produced by the real consensus.

The achievement of real consensus might imply knowing the structural differences between the parts that are communicating. In this case it allows knowing the consequences of the differences.

The use of figurative communication allows avoiding the dysfunctional filtering of communications, providing messages that drive naturally towards real consensus.

That is why people who cannot assume a responsibility of something, cannot understand figurative communication.

The purpose of figurative communication is to achieve real consensus which means achieving a rational, emotional and conceptual consensus.

Achieving real consensus requires solving the conflicts that are generated by interests, needs, beliefs, lack of knowledge, etc.

The Unicist Ontology of Messages

The purpose of a message is to deliver information. This purpose is achieved by adding value to the receiver and the energy conservation function is given by the credibility of the message.

MessageThe “maximal strategy” of a message is sustained by the value it adds. The “minimum strategy” is given by its credibility.

The value added allows the message to be remembered. The meaningfulness of  data is a condition in order to store them in the long term memory of an individual. The information might be remembered, but it can only be used if it is meaningful.

A message is an object that needs to be carefully defined if the message has multiple users or receivers. When it is a univocal message, the design has to respond to the possibilities that the information included can be decoded by the receiver.

Information without credibility cannot be integrated unless it is based on a stimulus of human weaknesses. Gossip is an example of this case. The lack of credibility generates doubt in the mind of the receiver and doubt provokes inaction.

Conclusion

The conscious ideas an individual has are structured using the reasoning framework of his language and using the semantic and the syntax that represent the language’s intrinsic logic.

From an ontological point of view there are two types of linguistic structures to deal with communication and reasoning:

  1. “Backward chaining”, which approach reality from the end to the beginning.
  2. Forward chaining, which approach reality from the beginning to the end of the process.

Both approaches have to be used in order to have a non-fallacious perception of reality.  Languages have different functional structures depending on their backward or forward orientation.

The syntax of a language defines the natural approach of a culture in order to adapt to reality. .

In every language there is an implicit reasoning structure. Therefore there are languages with attributes for artistic expression, for hard-sciences, for soft-sciences, for dualistic philosophies, for integrative philosophies, and so on. The language in which assertions are expressed, generates the cultural preconceptions on their validity.

Academic Committee

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
https://www.unicist.org/talents/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/turi.pdf


Discovering the wise aspects of one’s behavior

You are having the unique opportunity of witnessing the most significant paradigm shift in science that was made in the last century, while you have the opportunity of profiting from it. This shift is based on the discovery of the ontogenetic intelligence of nature that regulates the evolution of living beings.

As adaptive systems have open boundaries you need to experience them in order to understand them. External observations are meaningless fantasies.

The personal experience needed to apprehend the paradigm shift:

Human Adaptive behavior requires influencing the environment and manage the influence of the environment.

The Ontogenetic Intelligence of NatureThe decisions of mature people naturally have a purpose, a maximal strategy in order to influence the environment to generate growth and a minimum strategy to ensure survival.

This behavior is the natural behavior of wise people who always have a maximal strategy and a minimum strategy to achieve a purpose. The knowledge of both strategies allows people to have the concepts of what needs to be done. Concepts are the drivers of human actions. Wisdom implies having conceptual knowledge in order to generate value for others.

This wisdom is possible because it has its origin in the intelligence that underlies nature. This intelligence also has a maximal strategy to expand the boundaries and has a minimum strategy to survive. Mature people naturally tend to emulate this intelligence of nature without even knowing that it exists.

That is why you need to get in touch with the field in which you achieved wisdom in order to discover the way you already emulated the organization of nature by assuming the responsibility for results using a maximal strategy and a minimum strategy to achieve them.

You have to consider that 3 to 5 year-old children approach reality using concepts. This is, of course, an intuitive approach. Small children still have a “direct” connection with nature. They do not have to make a conscious effort to emulate the ontogenetic intelligence of nature. They just do it. That is why children are so adaptive. 

“It is a pity that Albert Einstein died being a child.”

Every person that exceeded adolescence has some place where she/he is wise. This means that she/he has a strategic approach to some aspect of reality.

Please take your time. Discovering the wise aspects of one’s behavior takes time.

Academic Committee

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
https://www.unicist.org/talents/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/turi-1.pdf


Unicist Education: The Adults’ learning process in complex adaptive environments

The learning context provides the framework that allows building a guiding idea to begin a learning process. The construction of the guiding idea of learning processes is the first stage to be fulfilled in order to make a learning process begin. Unfortunately, many adults prefer judging instead of assuming the role of a learner. Learning requires a personal decision that cannot be forced because adult people only learn what they need.

Learning ContextThe generation of a guiding idea requires that people are exposed to real value-adding actions and discover that they cannot achieve the necessary results with what they have.

The exposure of individuals to value-adding actions implies two alternative situations:

a) The individual can generate the necessary value.

b) The individual cannot generate it.

If the individual cannot solve the problem, there are two alternatives:

1) The individual is in a comfort zone and is not interested in acquiring a new knowledge to solve the problem.

2) The person needs and wants to learn to solve the problem.

Only the case b) 2) drives to a learning process. The design of learning processes needs to follow the unicist ontology of learning, which defines that, prior to a learning process, an individual needs to be exposed to a meaningful value generation process in order to be able to reflect on that experience and decide to learn or not to learn.

Unavoidably, the learning process in complex environments requires an action-reflection-action process that begins when the guiding idea of the learning objective has been defined. Meaningful guiding ideas sustain the success of learning processes.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm. http://www.unicist.org/repo/#Unicist


Wisdom vs. Erudition: Wisdom is a pathway with many masters

The extreme confrontation of erudition with wisdom (but not vice versa) has been discovered in the research developed during more than 10 years in the field of Talent Development. The research was led by Peter Belohlavek.

Wisdom can be defined as the capacity of an individual to integrate idealism and realism with value adding actions. The characteristic of individuals who achieved wisdom is that they had multiple masters that had an authoritative role in their lives. These roles are still in force and they still admire them.

Admiration and functional envy are the concepts that allow achieving wisdom. Individuals who admire others’ achievements and deeds have the opportunity to achieve wisdom, but only if they pursue the objective of adding value in an environment. Functional envy drives individuals to achieve goals.

Individuals with conflictive relations with authority can never achieve wisdom. They might be extremely erudite, extremely hard workers but they will never be able to integrate idealism and realism with a value adding attitude in their environment.

The apparent paradox of wisdom is the need of multiple masters. It is said that disciples are those learners who overcome their masters. But wisdom, defined as the space where an individual has been able to integrate idealism and realism with value adding actions, cannot be overcome. What is the difference between Wisdom and Erudition?

Wisdom

Wisdom is a state that requires focusing on specific aspects of reality using questions to apprehend their nature, having the necessary conscious knowledge of the environment in order to generate value.

Wisdom cannot be overcome because the nature of some aspect of reality has been apprehended and can be managed.

But it has to be considered that wise people do not consider competing with others to have a place in the world. They earned it and have it. That is why they remain masters in the field they are wise.

Erudition

Erudition is an addiction that drives people to build a parallel hypothetical reality where they consider themselves wise. It is a frequent addiction of rationally gifted individuals.

They are driven by envy which makes them accumulate data they use to judge the originators of the data while they try to demonstrate to others that they are wise.

This allows them confronting with others in their hypothetical reality to feel that their judgments make them wise.

They need to manipulate in order to make their hypothetical reality prevail over actual facts.

Opinators: The pseudo-erudites

Opinators are individuals whose goal is to impose their opinions in their area of influence in order to obtain full recognition for their personal opinions.

OpinatorsThey use their pre-concepts to deal with reality and blame others for all what becomes dysfunctional when failure follows their groundless opinions.

Erudites are their implicit role model, although they do not have the energy to acquire the knowledge in order to have the rational information.

They suffer from innovation blindness, therefore they disregard any information that endangers the validity of their pre-concepts.

Opinators are fundamentalists in their field of influence who install “suspicion and doubt” on any action that endangers their subjective dominant position. When they are very smart, they are notorious manipulators.

Conclusions

Competing with a master in a field where s/he is wise is a demonstration of the prevalence of the need to gain over the need to add value. Multiple masters make wisdom accessible.

Erudition is not analogous to wisdom; it might be different or a fallacious “version” of wisdom. Wisdom implies action while erudition does not.

Achieving wisdom cannot be a goal for a wise person; wisdom is the consequence of the action of an individual but does not cause it. It is unwise to try to achieve wisdom.

That is why wisdom is a pathway with multiple masters. Masters are ordinary or extraordinary people who have achieved wisdom in some field. Look for them while you continue adding value.

To achieve wisdom you need to abandon your modesty and expand your humbleness.  Wise people do not need to be right, just functional.

Unicist  Press Committee 

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
https://www.unicist.org/talents/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/turi.pdf


Business Hackers: The agents who introduce Business Viruses

Business Hackers are individuals who need to implant business viruses in institutions in order to demonstrate that they are able to dominate them.

They tend to do everything in their way disregarding the use of established methods, procedures and taxonomies to achieve goals.

To introduce viruses they propose short-cuts to achieve profit. Their success is achieved when their proposal is accepted by the greed of their counterparts.

Their butterfly behavior is sustained by conjunctural justifications and the exertion of power. They might use active power or the power of inaction.

Their destruction goal is integrated by envy which is driven by greed and jealousy. They use greed to profit from the environment at a materialistic or emotional level while they feel jealous of the power the organization has.

They are fulfilled when the organizational goals become degraded. They justify their actions by believing and saying that the organization is not such because it could not resist their actions. They are homologous to “computer hackers”.

Inhibiting and entropy-inhibiting unicist business objects are the anti-viruses needed to neutralize their actions.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. https://www.unicist.org/talents/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/turi.pdf

 


DNA of Leadership: Breakthrough in the Research of Behavior

The discovery of the unicist ontological structure describes what can be defined as the genome (DNA) of leadership. The knowledge of its structure and the different categories of leaders allow defining the functionality of the leadership style of an individual and how s/he complements and supplements with others.

Leadership is based on the need to sustain one’s authority. But the participation of others is a condition of leadership. A leader is such because s/he is followed. Therefore, in terms of the unicist logic, participation is the active function of leadership and the energy conservation function is given by the power a leader has to impose her/his authority.

Shared objectives are the driver of leadership. Shared objectives precede the leader’s activity. Exceptions are new groups with no objectives. In this case, a creative leader is needed. Shared objectives are synthesized in the vision of a company or of a group.

Both the creative and the constructive leadership types are functional to develop maximal strategies. Maximal strategies requires democratic, authoritative and exemplarity driven leadership.

Both the authoritarian and the charismatic leadership types are functional to develop minimum strategies. Minimum strategies require a dualistic approach which includes authoritarian, charismatic and laissez faire leadership.

Authoritative paternalistic leadership is the catalyst for minimum strategies. When the catalyst is missing it works as an inhibitor of minimum strategies driving towards failure or inaction.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems.
www.unicist.org/turi.pdf


Value adding: the key for learning processes

Learning processes in adults require the existence of a real problem to be solved. When there is no real problem to be solved, the learning process has no substance and the “knowledge” cannot be stored in the long term memory because it is meaningless.

Learning processes are based on the need to increase the value added to the environment so as to gain a better adaptive position for an individual.

But a learning context is required before a learning process begins.

The maximal strategy of a learning process is given by the need of improvement. The existence of a driver and the real need for improvement provides the will the individual “uses” as a catalyst in order to face and solve the problems of his/her learning process.

Achieving the minimum strategy implies paying the prices to ensure learning. The price to be paid is that the individual needs to leave things aside in order to access the comprehension of a new approach.

Learning implies leaving things aside. If the problem can be solved using the preexisting knowledge there is no need for learning because the problem does not exist. Therefore it is implicit in a learning process for unsolved problems that the individual leaves aside the preexisting approach and enters the comprehension of the new approach without cutting it down to what s/he knew.
Adults only do so when they really need to solve a problem. Improvement is the active function and learning the energy conservation function.

Only people who need to improve will be able to learn. People who enter in a learning process without having a real need to improve in order to solve real problems just enter in self-fulfilling activities.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
https://www.unicist.org/talents/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/turi.pdf


Sponsored program for the Next Generation Leaders

The Unicist Goodwill Network organized a sponsored program for the “Next Generation Leaders”. We invite you to participate. The “Next Generation Leaders” program provides a fully sponsored access to conceptualization that allows developing personal long-term and short-term strategies.

Next Generation Leaders

The reach of one’s globalization is defined by the limit of the pronoun “WE”…

This program has been designed for students whose goal is to become leaders of the next generation.

“The role of leaders has changed. Technologies provided most of the necessary operational and administrative solutions.

Conceptually, there are two options:

1. Be a System Operator
2. Become a System Manager

Managing systems requires having the knowledge of their conceptual structure to manage their dynamics and adaptiveness.”

This is a program driven by an action-reflection-action process that allows apprehending the nature of what one is doing to define the actions that drive towards success. Participants go as far as the prices they are willing to pay.

The era of conceptualization is here. If you are interested in participating in this sponsored program, you can access it at: http://www.goodwillnetwork.net/leaders.php

Unicist Press Committee

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
https://www.unicist.org/talents/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/turi-1.pdf


Discovery of the Nature of Interpersonal Communication

Communication implies establishing a code to relate with others within a particular environment. From an essential point of view, the purpose of communication is either functional to work or functional to pastime.

Communication Concept

On the one hand, we define work as the human activity carried out to generate added value and gain the corresponding counterpart. On the other hand, the objective of pastime is to obtain emotional benefits and generate pleasant transactions using the communication as the vehicle. The unicist ontological structure of interpersonal communication includes:

  1. An adaptation process to generate added value to the environment and obtain the counterpart.
  2. A process of introjective empathy. The individual that is communicating introjects the object of communication in order to apprehend reality.
  3. A process of influential sympathy. This requires individuals to “vibrate” syntonized with the environment they are communicating with. Having influential sympathy requires influencing the syntonic “vibration” with the environment to ensure the possibility to share experiences with others.
  4. A participation process. When pastime is the goal, participation processes have to be the implicit purpose of communication.
  5. A projective empathic process, which is the starting point of any communication. Communication begins with the projection of ourselves we make on the external reality.
  6. A process of emotive sympathy, in which both sides discover they might share the same emotions.

The change of languages

Adolescents promote the change of languages. Thus they build a parallel world to fit in. A cultural nucleus is strong when it neutralized most of the changes promoted by adolescents. A cultural nucleus is weak when adults copy the language of adolescents. In this sense, the behavior of elites defines the strengths or weakness of a culture.

Peter Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
https://www.unicist.org/talents/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/turi.pdf