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Inbox • only do holons exist in the obvious domain of being but also in the not as obvious domain of becoming wherein the MPo is the whole and the actions are the realising parts • this says for physics: is realisation the same as causation to the extent that the mechanisms of interdependency include a combination of the pull of the whole and the push of the part


I gleam that the intersection of systematics and holonics & cybernetics incl control theory & Dewey's situation is a space in which new truths lie that I might bring to the world


  • This is the term that I give to a set of 3 holons that are structured in relation to one another according to
    The law of three
  • ::I call a nested hierarchy (holarchy) of 3 holons a "triholon":: (or triholune" or "triholarchy" or "triholarch”)
  • A triholon is the smallest possible unit of life
  • ::each holon in a triholon holarchy has a as specific role::
  • The role of the uppermost holon is setting direction and coordination (meaning and value)
I wonder if this is another possible term reference for the
The 6 capabilities

Relationship to triads &
George Gurdjieff

  • Holons are fundamentally triadic in structure
    • the Master Whole
    • The Grunting parts
    • The reconciling Self
  • To the extent that the holon is a fundamental fractal pattern of Life then life itself is fundamentally triadic
  • Gurdjieff’s notion of
    Reciprocal maintenance
    is his attempt to explain the interdependent relationship and roles of each triadic element


Notes from my 1990’s Learning Journal

There are 2 types of part/whole relationships: object-oriented & process-oriented. Heylighen calls these ‘structural’ & ‘functional’ types respectively; Pirsig calls them ‘static’ & ‘dynamic’. We might also call them ‘part-of’ & ‘stage-of’ types. Process-ing wholes also imply a notion of control or selection over their process parts. In real life we tend to find hybrids of the 2. For instance it could be argued that a citizen who is part-of a community is often also a stage-of societal goals.

20 tenets of evolution

  1. Reality is not composed of things or processes, but of holons, which are wholes that are simultaneously parts.
  1. Holons display four fundamental capacities: a. self-preservation (agency) b. self-adaptation (communion) c. self-transcendence d. self-dissolution
  1. Holons emerge.
  1. Holons emerge holarchically.
  1. Each holon transcends and includes its predecessors.
  1. The lower sets the possibilities of the higher; the higher sets the probabilities of the lower.
  1. The number of levels which a hierarchy comprises determines whether it is ‘shallow’ or ‘deep;’ and the number of holons on any given level we shall call its ‘span.’
  1. Each successive level of evolution produces greater depth and less span.
  1. Destroy any type of holon, and you will destroy all of the holons above it and none of the holons below it.
  1. Holarchies co-evolve. The micro is always within the macro (all agency is agency in communion).
  1. The micro is in relational exchange with macro at all levels of its depth.
  1. Evolution has directionality: a. increasing complexity. b. increasing differentiation/integration. c. increasing organization/structuration. d. increasing relative autonomy. e. increasing telos.
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