2015 January

Transitions of Hierarchical Complexity

So I’m reading along with this apparent news article, written by a journalist right…

New magnetic material discovered

A highly sensitive magnetic material that could transform computer hard drives and energy storage devices has been discovered.

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And then I hit this quote:

“Now what about leapfrogging the users capability?”

and I heard something in me say…”right-on”…and looked to see who it was from…and my guess was that our own Tiny Tim inserted that rhetoric…which led me to affirm how memetic structures hybridize…

In other words, the insertion by Tim (giving credit)…

Of that meme rendered out of his experience perhaps @F…

Introduced a hybridization of the meme as an analogy, or meta “for”…

In hierarchical complexity–as I understand it–there are about 7 transition steps (at least 5) from 1 “discrete” stage to the next.

Tim’s insertion (so I think) demonstrates how memetic structures “may” become more complex.

Helpful Hint: In my rendition of these steps in a stage, through lots of coaching and the associated listening to memetic structures reveal themselves, I’ve discovered that one can begin to track movements through or into a stage by watching for hybridizations, such as this example.

Action Step: Notice where someone transitions, uses metaphors or analogies, mashes up different pieces to try to form a new memetic structure and understand how this hybrid form appears to reveal underlying hierarchical reasoning.


I wanted to also place a “marker” (as described by the action step above) to illustrate an extension of where the Jaques work on complexity of information processing needs to go in the future if it’s to remain a viable method of understand working complexity above level IV (or so I believe).

To “read into” a memetic display–measurements of hierarchical complexity to wit Jaques purports…albeit obliquely (important)…one has to see and hear not only what people say or write, but what they mean–in other words the task they are performing, and it’s hierarchical complexity.

More on this in LBMS: Level Dynamics



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