Connections and Cynefin

Cynefin and cluster connectivity

Hi David,

Only discovered your work a couple of weeks ago, have watched everything you have on Youtube and have read everything I could get my hands on.
Since realising in 1974 that indefinite life extension was possible, I have been searching for models of understanding and action that would allow us to produce environments of sufficiently low risk that people would genuinely have the opportunity to live a very long time (say 5,000 years average) and at the same time retain freedom.

Your description of boundaries as needing to be flexible fits well with my understanding from a background of ecology, biochemistry and evolution theory.

The idea of needing boundaries in networks to speed information flow makes perfect sense, as those boundaries will localise sets of shared understandings and allow easy flow of patterns within that shared context.

Having many sets of networks allows for the translation of an abstraction between paradigms at the individual node and then re-transmission through the new network.

Have you ever considered the notion that all distinctions are more accurately characterised as first order abstractions when looking at the human brain from a systems perspective.

I have stopped using the idea of “highest level of abstraction”, it now seems clear to me that the set of possible levels of abstraction is infinite.

I have so many ideas I would love to discuss with you. You are way ahead of me on complexity, and I think we may find common interest in politics, economics and wider trends in technology.

I see above you have a New Zealand connection. If you are ever physically here, I offer free food and accommodation in Kaikoura for as long as you wish to stay (humble and comfortable). It is a particularly spectacular part of the country, both geologically and biologically.


About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see
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