The Unicist Theory: A Paradigm Shift in Science
The following synthesis includes an excerpt from Peter Belohlavek´s discoveries and research works that are published with permission of the author.
The unicist theory explains the evolution and dynamics of complex adaptive entities whether they are natural beings or artificial entities. This theory is based on the discovery of the triadic structure of the ontogenetic intelligence of nature.
The purpose of this theory is to provide a framework to forecast the evolution of adaptive entities considering their restricted and wide contexts.
This theory describes the universal structure of the unified field in nature that is applicable to all complex adaptive entities whatever their kind. It needs to be considered that the unified field has a triadic structure that is homologous to the structure of the ontogenetic intelligence of nature.
The evolution of complex adaptive entities is based on the laws of the ontogenetic intelligence of nature. This intelligence includes an active principle that drives the evolution and establishes the maximal strategy of the entity while it generates entropic effects. It also includes an energy conservation principle that establishes a minimum strategy to ensure the survival.
This theory allows emulating the organization of nature when dealing with adaptive environments. It is based on forecasting their future scenarios, defining the functional unified fields based on the knowledge of the ontogenetic map that defines their conceptual structure. This approach simplifies the management of complex environments.
The Paradigm Shift in Science
The Unicist Theory, developed by Peter Belohlavek, explains the dynamics and evolution of living beings and complex adaptive entities. It is a paradigm shift of the scientific approach to complex adaptive systems. It substituted empiricism by a pragmatic, structuralist and functionalist approach and replaced knowledge falsification processes with destructive testing processes.
This theory provides an approach to complexity based on the use of the unicist logic that emulates the intelligence that underlies nature. It integrated complexity sciences with systemic sciences in a unified field.
The Unicist Theory allowed understanding and influencing the evolution of living beings and artificial complex adaptive systems. This influence is exerted by using unicist logic based and object driven technologies, which is now a worldwide trend.
The objective of the development of the Unicist Theory was to find a structural solution to deal with complex adaptive systems considering their characteristics. Complex adaptive systems have, among other aspects, open boundaries and are integrated by the conjunction of their elements. In such systems, there is no possibility for the existence of observers.
The Unicist Theory, based on the discovery of the ontogenetic intelligence of nature, allowed developing the four scientific pillars that provided the basics of the unicist logic based and objects driven technologies to manage human complex adaptive environments: Conceptual Economics, Conceptual Anthropology, Conceptual Psychology and Conceptual Management.
The Unicist Theory was originated by the need of finding responses to the question of why things happen in the social and economic world in order to influence evolution. It was triggered by the need of going beyond the empirical Know How that was used in the 70s to approach complex adaptive environments and the need to integrate it with a “Know Why”, that was inexistent.
The author developed an inductive approach to complex environments, which implied that he began at an operational level dealing with complex adaptive systems and entered deeper and deeper until the Unicist Theory was born. This theory was born when the structure of the concepts that underlie facts was discovered.
Then he began the application and research work to find the structure of concepts in the field of complex adaptive systems, beginning with biology and ending with social sciences and future research. This research work was possible due to the development of the unicist ontological research methodology that changed the paradigms of sciences to approach complexity.
The Theory itself
The research in complexity sciences to manage complex adaptive systems that led to the discovery of the Ontogenetic Intelligence of Nature and the Unicist Theory began in 1976. It was led by Peter Belohlavek and included the following discoveries and developments: Unicist Ontology, Unicist Logic, Unicist Conceptualization, Ontogenetic Maps and Unicist Objects.
The Unicist Theory was developed to manage the nature of complex adaptive entities. On the one hand, to approach the nature of things an individual needs to be able to apprehend the essential patterns that underlie the operational patterns that are observable. But, on the other hand, complex adaptive entities have open boundaries, which imply that the individual, who intends to influence the environment is part of the system, which makes traditional systemic science research methods fallacious. In this context, the Unicist Ontological Research Methodology was developed to transform complex problems into manageable problems.
The Unicist Theory needs to be apprehended using the ontointelligence any individual has. It defines the individual’s capacity to apprehend the nature of things in adaptive environments.
It has to be considered that 3-5 year old children use their conceptual approach to reality to adapt to an environment that fully exceeds their rational comprehension by posing and endless questioning on the “WHY” of things.
Ontointelligence is necessary to manage reality as a unified field. This is necessary when dealing with complex adaptive systems. Ontointelligence is the deepest human intelligence that allows apprehending the nature that underlies observable facts. It is integrated by ethical intelligence, strategic intelligence and the logical type of thinking of individuals.
The Basics of the Unicist Theory
The Unicist Theory is based on the discovery of the Ontogenetic Intelligence of Nature, which regulates its evolution. It was based on the hypothesis that in nature there are mutations that are random but others that are driven by a purpose. The Unicist Theory is fully focused on the purpose driven evolution and involution.
The research on the Ontogenetic Intelligence of Nature concluded that each living creature’s evolution is ruled by its ontogenetic intelligence, that defines it as unique both in its species and individuality and that the essential structure of this intelligence is integrated by a purpose, an active and entropic principle and an energy conservation principle.
The Relationship between Entities in Nature
Complex systems became understandable due to the discovery that there are no other relationships in nature than those of complementation or supplementation.
Therefore there are no other relationships among elements that integrate the unified field of a complex adaptive system than those of complementation or supplementation.
The purpose, the conservation function and the active function of a concept are integrated by logical rules which sustain their unity.
While the purpose and the active function are sustained by the supplementation law, the purpose and the conservation function are integrated by the complementation law.
Supplementation Law: It is a relation between elements with redundant purposes and verbal functions, having a different homeostatic element. One of the elements has a superior “myth” that challenges the evolution of reality.
Complementation Law: It is an interdependent relation between two elements, actions or ideas. Each one of these elements has what the other element requires and they both have a coincident homeostatic element.
There are three different levels of complementation and supplementation integrated in a unified field / object: Essential, Operational and Functional.
The Unicist Theory to deal with Adaptive Systems
The Unicist Theory was developed at The Unicist Research Institute to deal with complex adaptive systems and their evolution.
There are fields that are generally accepted as being complex such as: Life-sciences, social sciences, anthropology, political sciences, economic sciences, behavioral sciences, medicine, psychology, education, businesses, ecology and meteorology. The research began in 1976 and the expansion of its applications is still ongoing.
The Unicist Theory comprises the following discoveries:
- The Ontogenetic Intelligence of Nature, which describes the essential structure of nature that drives its functionality and evolution.
- The Unicist Ontology, which is a model that allows emulating the ontogenetic intelligence of nature in order to make it apprehensible.
- The Unicist Logic, which allows emulating in mind the triadic structure of the ontogenetic intelligence of nature using a unicist double dialectical thinking process.
- The Unicist Conceptualization, which establishes the process of apprehending the concepts that represent the unicist ontology of an entity using unicist logical thinking.
- The Unicist Ontology of Evolution, which establishes the basic rules of evolution and involution.
- Ontogenetic Maps, which describe the unicist ontogenetic algorithm of complex adaptive systems.
- Unicist Objects, which are adaptive systems that integrate complex systems to drive their functionality.
Scientific Evidences of the Unicist Theory
The objective of the scientific evidences of the Unicist Theory is focused on:
- Confirming the existence and functionality of the ontogenetic intelligence of nature.
- Confirming that the unicist ontology emulates the ontogenetic intelligence of nature and allows defining the structure of complex systems.
- Confirming the functionality of the unicist double dialectical logic to go beyond dualism, which hinders apprehending reality as a unified field, in order to be able to emulate the intelligence of nature in mind.
- Confirming that concepts are defined by the ontological structure of an entity and, as Immanuel Kant already discovered, have a functional meaning that is the framework of any possible action.
- Confirming the functionality of unicist objects that are built emulating the objects in nature like the organs in the human body.
The scientific evidences of the Unicist Theory that confirm its functionality to deal with complex systems are:
- The functionality of amino acids
- The structure of atoms
- The structure of biological entities
- The nervous system
- Similarity between natural and social objects
- Unicist concepts as stem cells
- Thinking processes and the functionality of electricity
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The Unicist Epistemology to deal with Complex Systems
The Unicist Epistemology is based on the development of the logical foundations and the empirical justifications to sustain human knowledge. This epistemology is a pragmatic, structural and functionalist approach to knowledge.
Knowledge is such when its use allows individuals to better adapt to an environment. To be used, it needs to be stored in the individual’s long-term memory.
The credibility of knowledge depends on having found the fundamentals that integrate the concept that defines the nature of an entity and having the necessary empirical justifications that make the acceptance of knowledge tangible.
The Unicist Epistemology was developed to build reliable knowledge to deal with complex adaptive environments.
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