Unicist Functionalist Approach

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The Unicist Theory of Functionality

This is an introduction to the Unicist Theory of Functionality, developed by Peter Belohlavek at The Unicist Research Institute, that introduced a simplification in the development of solutions in adaptive environments. It allows making a logical approach to the real world, developing the functional structures of solutions and the operational processes to make them happen.

The following discoveries were the milestones of the development of the theory of functionality: complex systems research method (1980), functionality of human ontointelligence (1984), the ontogenetic intelligence of nature (1998), the unicist ontology of biological systems (2012) and the unicist ontology of wide and restricted contexts (2017).

The Synthesis

The Unicist Theory of Functionality affirms and demonstrates that there is nothing in the universe, which is part of a system, that does not work with a purpose, an active and entropic function, and an energy conservation function. This structure works through unicist binary actions (UBA) that produce the functionality of any entity or process, whatever its kind. The unified field of an entity or process needs to be managed to ensure its functionality.

The following form of the synopsis of the guiding idea of the functionality of an entity provides the idea of how this information is used.

We invite you to participate in a virtual 20-minute lecture on October 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm ET that will be led by Peter Belohlavek

From Physics to Genomics

The triadic structure of the atom, defined by the proton, the electron, and the neutron, is an example of functionality in physics. In the presentation of the Unicist Theory of Functionality you will also find multiple applications in physics such as the functionality of the plane, the electric motor, etc.

In genomics, you will find its triadic functionality in all its functions. E.g., nucleotides, integrated by sugar, nitrogenous base and phosphate; amino acids integrated by hydrogen and amine and carboxylic acid groups; codons that are a specific sequence of three consecutive nucleotides that is part of the genetic code.

Epigenetic functions work as inhibitors or catalysts that affect the behavior of genes.


From Microcosmos to Macrocosmos

The unified field of the macro and the microcosmos is beyond the operational solutions developed in physics and needs to be found at the functional level of the “system”.

The microcosmos is the active function and the macrocosmos is the energy conservation function while the purpose is blurred or subject to speculation or religious beliefs.

The macro and the microcosmos are evident in social and economic systems, where family and society or microeconomics and macroeconomics are, respectively, the active functions and the energy conservation functions of the systems that have evident purposes.

From Univocal Actions to Binary Actions

Univocal actions work in controlled environments where the natural reactions can be inhibited. But it has to be considered that the triadic functionality of any system requires that there are two synchronized actions that, on the one hand, integrate the active function with the purpose, and on the other hand, integrate the energy conservation function with the purpose. Synchronized actions include the reaction as part of the system. This behavior applies to any adaptive environment, including the social, economic and business fields.

In the field of business, binary actions are two synchronized actions that aim at the same purpose. Every business function is defined by a triadic structure that defines its purpose, its active function, and its energy conservation function. The active function, aiming at the purpose, and the energy conservation function, sustaining the same purpose, are the binary actions in businesses.

Here you can find a series of unicist binary actions to generate value that are evident, which are benchmarks you might use:

  1. Increasing productivity (UBAa) + Ensuring quality (UBAb) = Value generation
  2. Influential marketing (UBAa) + Effective selling (UBAb) = Generating revenue
  3. Ensuring efficacy (UBAa) + Ensuring efficiency (UBAb) = Effectiveness
  4. Active participation (UBAa) + Non-exerted power (UBAb) = Leadership
  5. Functional processes (UBAa) + Functional objects (UBAb) = Organization

To generate results, the synchronicity of binary actions requires beginning with UBAa, which are active function actions, and then developing UBAb that are energy conservation actions.

From Human Intelligence to Fundamentals-based AI

Unicist AI

Unicist AI became possible due to the functionalist approach to decision processes. It is a fundamentals-based intelligence that emulates the reasoning process of human intelligence and includes two functions to make this possible: The learning function and the decision function. The subjective bias of data-based AI is solved using this fundamentals-based AI.

Unicist AI allows developing different types of functionalities according to what is needed. 

There are basically 4 types of functions, which are homologous to human decision-making processes, that are being emulated: the descriptive function, the diagnosing function, the predictive function, and the prescriptive function.

From Human Work and Robots to Cobots (Collaborative Robots)

The business application of Cobots is based on the development of the fundamentals-based AI and the binary actions that ensure the generation of results. Cobots use functional rules to build empirical solutions. They are not based on empirical rules.

Cobots became possible due to the IoT that provided the resources to introduce them in work and business processes. They became necessary in organizations that decided to enter the adaptability and customer orientation fostered by the 4th industrial revolution.

From Individual Intelligence to Collective Intelligence

Individual intelligence works with the triadic structure of the intelligence that underlies nature. The adaption process of humans is sustained by the ontointelligence that drives the intentions of individuals, the reactive intelligence that drives the reactions of individuals to the stimuli of the environment, and the active intelligence that drives the functionality of the actions necessary to adapt.

The concepts people have in mind drive their actions. In this context, collective intelligence is the filter of experiences that allows storing concepts in the long-term memory of an individual.

It is the individual intelligence in action that builds a bridge between the archetypes and lifestyles of cultures and the social, institutional, and individual behavior.

Individual intelligence is always enhanced or inhibited by the lifestyle of a culture and the myths of groups, which are driven by the fundamentals of the cultural archetype. Therefore, collective intelligence drives empathy and allows building binary actions.

From Functional Time to the Synchronicity of Actions

Functional time is the space of lifecycle that elapses between facts. A lifecycle defines the distance between the initial stage and the final stage of something, which defines the meaning of time based on the facts that are functional in this space.

The definition of the functionality of time refers to the triadic structure integrated by the acceleration of actions, the speed of events and the synchronicity that needs to be achieved.

Contribution of the Theory of Functionality

This theory introduced a functionalist approach to the real world that allows developing the functional structures of solutions and the operational processes to make them happen.

Unicist Press Committee

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute (TURI) is a world leader in its segment. Since 1976, it has been specialized in complexity sciences applied to the research on the roots of evolution and its application to social, institutional, business and individual evolution.

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