Systems Thinking: Network Polysingularity Framework
This book is a guide to systems thinking written in many different formats in order to communicate the subject in a more experiential way. It has brains-on guide to network theory and cognitive reconfiguration techniques that can be used in everyday life, in any realm: from personal relations to politics and matters of spirituality. The guide is followed by specific case studies, which exemplify the framework and help readers see different ways of implementation that will help them inscribe imaginary into the real.
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About This Book...
To think in systems is to think in terms of interconnected parts. This semi~fictional semi~documentary book proposes some basic concepts from network theory in order to be able to better grasp the notion of multiplicity and – more importantly – how it works. This is done not only through words, but also through images, schemes, and instructions. Language is code. Research is poetry. Private ethics. Everyone has their own operating system, so it is good to know that culture, personal history, morals and the surrounding narratives do not have to define how this operating system functions. In fact, there’s only some basic rules that make this connectivity what it is, and everything else is imagination. Therefore, we travel into the world of imagination and propose a practice of cognitive reconfiguration as a way to escape that very typical trap of falling into only one interpretation. Instead, we interpret in multiple ways and sometimes we do not interpret at all. We then talk about Cognitive Stimulants: things, tools, events and identities which are especially designed to stimulate that changing-perspective-in-multiplicity point of view (which has to also shift itself following DNA’s intermittent 1D/3D search mechanism).
We then move on to lay out a concept of body/mind operating system ∞OS, which is based on continuous movement of body, mind, positions, and moods in the way of so-called strange-attractor – an iterative 8-shaped loop in multi-dimensional space. This means that there are several dynamic points of non-equilibrium stability and the system itself shifts in between them, passing some points more often than others and maybe never even touching some states at all. External impulses are treated in 3 ways: Assimilation. Redirection. Dissipation. An incoming piece of information can be assimilated and then kept inside, redirected or expelled to the outside. We are all one environment. Therefore, if anything happens inside, even when it’s outside of the body, we choose to deal with it for the benefit of the forming structure, rather than individualistic egos and needs. This means that in order to maintain stability, the new forming shape has to change (to assimilate an incoming impulse). However, later this impulse can be redirected somewhere else (including back to the source or somewhere else in spatiotemporal space). It can also be dissipated into small particles and expelled to the outside. Some sort of resolution. The part of assimilation is also the part of pacing and syncing into the rhythm of the partner and of the outside. Finding a specific relationship where the common idea is expressed through the movement and behavioral dynamics rather than only words.
Finally the book proposes a specific framework, which could be used to provide divinatory advice for personal, business, political and spiritual matters. It follows the logic of most divinatory systems (such as Tarot, I Ching and Astrology), abstracting it using the framework of network theory in order to bring out symbolic material, which is relevant right now, at this very point of time where “Stability” is a much tangible word than “Emperor”.
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This book is part of Polysingularity practice and was written in collaboration with Nodus Labs.