Unicist Thinking


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

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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.
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Using foundations to empower conscious adaptive decisions

The objective of the Unicist 5 Why Method is to install an approach to foster conscious decision in adaptive environments. It uses the development of foundations to foster conscious adaptive decisions.

Pyramid Five WhyIt is based on “positive thinking” that implies solution thinking and using the conjunction “and” to integrate the different aspects that allow emulating the concept of what is being done while apprehending its double dialectical logic.

This method is a step by step process that empowers the capacity of focusing on solutions and catalyzes the evolution of the ethical intelligence. Depending on the individual, this process might demand months or years.

But the unique cost is investing a couple of minutes defining the foundations of a decision. The benefits depend on the discipline of making the exercises.

The 5 Why Method describes the foundations (Why) of actions. It does not deal with their justifications (What for).

The method is based on answering 5 questions on the groundings of the decisions:

1)      Why does it work?
2)      Why is the solution functional?
3)      Why will the results be produced?
4)      Why will it be adaptive?
5)      Why will it work considering the context?

This method fosters the freedom of individuals. That is why it is self-administrated and cannot include coaching or support. The exchange with colleagues is what allows having support without including authoritative roles.

Diego 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. http://www.unicist.org


Personal freedom requires dealing with Problematic Learning

Thematic approach vs. Problematic approach

Teaching vs LearningThe teaching approach, based on previous theoretical knowledge, necessarily leads to actions where the thematic approach precedes the problematic application.

This approach is functional to simple problems solutions.

When we are fostering talent empowerment, solving problems with complex components, the thematic approach is less functional than the approach “problem – theme – problem”.

“Focus” is vital for complex problems solutions. Learning fosters focusing on problems. The process begins and ends working with a problem and measuring the results.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using a logical approach to deal with evolution and became a private global decentralized world-class research organization in the field of human adaptive systems.  http://www.unicist.org


The Unicist Logical Foundations of Jean Piaget’s Theory

Adaptation, accommodation and assimilation were terms used by Jean Piaget to define the learning process. It has been sustained that the adaptation process, which is the final goal of human intelligence, follows two complementary processes: accommodation and assimilation.

The unicist approach has been using these concepts since the eighties considering them as a neural entity individuals have to approach learning processes. Therefore they have, as any entity, a purpose, and active function and an energy conservation function.

The purpose of this entity is to adapt to the environment, because this is the purpose of any healthy human being.

The active function is given by the accommodation process, that is the process in which the mind has to accommodate itself to the evidence with which it is being confronted.

This process is extremely energy consuming because it demands moving internal structures to find a way to adapt to the external environment. The accommodation process is supplementary to the adaptation process meaning that it is redundant but having a superior solution to adapt to the environment.

The changes proposed by the accommodation process are limited by the assimilation process. The assimilation process is the energy conservation function that allows adapting to the environment. The assimilation process consists in the integration of the external environment in the mind without changing the concepts the individual has.

Assimilation and adaptation are complementary which means that the assimilation provides the information that is needed to adapt to the environment.

Adaptation, accommodation and assimilation define the essential structure of a learning process which is nonexistent if individuals cannot adapt to the environment because they need to over-adapt to it. Over-adaptation implies a submissive, dominant or oppositional attitude towards the environment.

Conclusion

There exists no complementation between the accommodation and the assimilation processes. They are integrated by the adaptation process. That is why when adaption does not exist there is no possibility that an individual learns.

Peter Belohlavek

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


In life do you focus on finding answers or questions?

Focusing on answers is adequate to deal within the boundaries you manage. But if you want to expand your activities and grow you need to find the questions that are needed.

No one will teach you how to do this, there are no recipes. You need to learn it.

But “Teaching vs. Learning” is a fallacious option. While teaching provides a secure environment for individuals, learning, on the other hand, is based on the internal freedom of individuals.

The model “theory – practice” is the natural model for teaching. The unicist path “action-thought / reflection – action” is the natural approach to learning.

The teaching approach, based on previous theoretical knowledge, necessarily leads to actions where the thematic approach precedes the problematic application.

This approach is functional to simple problems solutions.

“Focus” is vital for complex problems solutions. Learning fosters focusing on problems. The process begins and ends working with a problem and measuring the results.

If you are interested in thematic learning you need to find the answers a specific approach provides. If you are trying to solve problems you need to find the questions that drive you towards the solution.

Access a synthesis on the “Discovery of the Unicist Ontology of Human Learning” that is available at the Scientific Dissemination Program. You will find there other syntheses that might be of your interest: https://www.unicist.org/talents/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ontology_learning_en.pdf

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in complexity science research and became a global decentralized world-class research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. http://www.unicist.org


Unicist Thinking: Apprehending the Nature of Leadership

This is just an example to explain how to emulate a given reality in mind using the unicist thinking capacity in order to apprehend its nature.

The unicist ontology of leadership describes the nature of leadership in order to be able to use the adequate leadership for any situation.

Understanding the nature of leadership is basic to find the natural place to develop one’s activities. It also helps to understand how to influence people and how to respond to the influence of others.

The basics of leadership

Leadership is based on the need to sustain one’s authority. 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. But this is a sort of paradox.

The energy conservation function is given by the power the individual “does not use”. If the power is used it consumes energy and, in fact, a double amount of energy, because:

  1. To impose something there is a need to exert power and consume energy.
  2. When power is exerted, authority is being lost, because it means that the authority of the individual has not been accepted. And in this case, an additional amount of energy must be invested to reconstruct the value of the authoritative role.

Participation poses another paradoxical dilemma:

  1. When the authority of the leader is extreme, for example a religious leader, the participation is not possible.
  2. When the participation is extreme, there is no possibility to accept an authoritative role.

Emulating Leadership in mind

The double dialectical thinking is what allows defining the concept of leadership. The construction is described in the following chart:

To make a valid emulation, the supplementation and complementation needs to be defined.

The preceding structure that defines the nature of leadership has been researched and you can find its abstract at:
https://www.unicist.org/talents/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/unicist_leadership_en.pdf

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NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in complexity science research and became a global decentralized world-class research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. http://www.unicist.org


Marathoner or 100-meter sprinter in Business?

In Sports as well as in Business, competition challenges our capacity of reaction. That’s why focusing on choosing the right competitions for which we are best prepared is basic for our competitive advantage.

If you are a “long-distance runner” in business, this means profiting from your endurance capacity and complementing to solve your urgent conjunctural problems. On the other extreme, if you are “explosive” in your reactions, seizing your talent means taking advantage of your speed and strength in taking opportunities and complementing so that your actions are consistent in the long run. Seizing one’s talent implies identifying and training the strength and complementing one’s weakness. Then, as it’s been said by a famous athlete: “The more I train, the luckier I get”.

The way your muscles are contracted at the time of making an effort, using predominantly slow or fast fiber muscles, defines your predisposition to long-distance races (endurance) or short-distance races (speed). Even though everybody has both types of muscle fibers, recognizing the natural talent that is predominant is the key to seize that talent.

Which types of fibers do you predominantly use: slow twitch or fast twitch fibers?

Slow or Fast twitch fibers?

This distinction seems to influence how muscles respond to training and physical activity. Each fiber type is unique in its ability to contract in a certain way. A marathon runner uses predominantly slow switch fibers, while a 100-meter sprinter puts his fast twitch fibers to test in his competition.

Slow twitch fibers are more efficient at using oxygen to generate more fuel for continuous, extended muscle contraction over a long period of time. They fire more slowly than fast twitch fibers and can go for a long time before they fatigue.

Fast twitch fibers, on the other hand, are much better at generating short bursts of strength or speed than slow twitch fibers. But they fatigue more quickly. They generally produce the same amount of force per contraction as slow muscles, but they are able to fire more rapidly. That’s why having more fast twitch fibers can be an asset to a sprinter since he needs to quickly generate a lot of force.

Maximal and Minimum Strategies: Power and Endurance

Those who use predominantly fast muscle fibers in an activity tend to be good at managing maximal strategies. They are fast at reacting to the environment and therefore generally good at seizing opportunities. Through their explosive reactions they seek to break new “records” or establish new breakthroughs.

When they do not succeed in complementing with structural actions that guarantee their minimal strategy, then the results of their efforts are merely incidental.
Under equilibrium conditions, they take threats as opportunities.

On the other hand, those that predominantly use slow muscle fibers tend to be good at managing minimum strategies, since they have a high level of endurance (resistance to fatigue) that makes them tolerate prolonged efforts.

When they are constant, they are “doers” whose deeds work with the precision of a “swiss watch”. They are predictable and use the less energy they can to achieve their objectives. They are good for building projects whose aim is to last over time.

When they are not complemented or do not seek to cross new barriers, their good management of the minimum strategy is turned against them and takes them to be stagnated.

Taking advantage of what one has is the first step for developing a competitive advantage. Knowing the natural predisposition for a discipline is, in business and in sports, crucial at the time of assessing results. It becomes evident that those that profit from what they have are the ones that can reach a higher goal. Then we come back to the beginning: “The more I train, the luckier I get.”

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Diana Belohlavek
VP Global Markets
& Market Labs

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The Unicist Standard needs to be a Rolls-Royce

Benchmarking Rolls-Royce is necessary for all those products or activities that are considered prestigious by the community and that need to sustain their seeking for perfection to achieve their credibility in the market.

In the following lines you can find the answers to the questions posed in this previous post:
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A Rolls-Royce is an extremely prestigious car because it has extreme functionality, quality, added value and reliability.

The integration of these four extreme characteristics makes its positioning as a prestigious car possible.

The purpose of a “Rolls-Royce” is to satisfy the feeling of having achieved perfection. Perfection is considered as something that satisfies 100% the expectancy of the buyer. This means that a “Rolls-Royce” satisfies the needs of the buyer considered as an individual, as part of a group and within her/his social environment.

Every activity or product that requires perfection, in the above described sense, needs to position as a “Rolls-Royce”.  This can be frequently seen in medicine, in politics, in strategy, and in all those fields where the value added is extreme and extreme reliability is expected.

The extreme functionality mentioned above has two aspects. It has to be extremely functional as a device but also extremely functional in its operation. This implies that no one can expect a superior functionality in the market.

The need for extreme quality implies extreme quality assurance and extreme control. Thus reliability and extreme added value are sustained.

Therefore the process of Rolls-Royce building includes an extremely strict concept, its update in the field of scientific possibilities, the management of all the techniques necessary to achieve perfection and last, but not least, the necessary art to make the perfection perceivable by the community.

Rolls-Royce building and positioning is not a question of choice. It is a question of beliefs. But it needs to be said that this does not guarantee success in business.

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Diana Belohlavek
VP Unicist Knowledge Bank

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Launching of Free book: Unicist Theory of Evolution for All

On April 13, 2010 the e-book “Unicist Theory of Evolution for all” by Peter Belohlavek will be presented with its applicative researches worldwide.

Peter Belohlavek was asked repeatedly in the last 30 years to publish a simple book that allowed the general public to take advantage of the unicist object driven strategies that resulted from the application of his theory in order to simplify their personal life.

Finally, at the beginning of this year, he accepted.

So we are pleased to inform you that on April 13 this one of a kind e-book will be available.

Please select your language and register now to receive a free access on April 14, 2010.

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