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Doers need to have conceptual knowledge

Human action is naturally driven by the concepts and fundamentals individuals have. These concepts and fundamentals provide the final picture of what wants to be done.

conceptsEveryone considers that s/he has the concept of what they are doing.

But the results of actions demonstrate that some of them really have the concept of what they are doing while others just think that they have it.

The difference is that they might have operational, functional or essential concepts, pre-concepts or anti-concepts of what they are doing.

The knowledge of operational concepts allows individuals to deal with static actions in which the environment does not require adaptive behaviors.

The knowledge of functional concepts drives maximal strategies that allow developing actions beyond the boundaries of a situation. They allow dealing with adaptive behaviors when the minimum strategies are given.

The knowledge of essential concepts allows developing adaptive actions, which include both the development of maximal and minimum strategies.

The use of pre-concepts helps to drive the actions that allow individuals to avoid personal risks.

The use of anti-concepts drives towards those actions, which appear to be functional, but destroy a concept. Anti-concepts work as such when the actual concept “bothers” the individual and he uses them to destroy the concept.

Analytical knowledge does not drive towards actions but it is functional to control actions. Analytic knowledge is based on a dualistic logical approach while conceptual knowledge is based on a double dialectical logical approach.

Diana Belohlavek

Based on an excerpt from the book “Doers” by Peter 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.