Sunday, February 14, 2016

Njournal Notes 18. Mulling Emotion Waves or Affective Waves?

Recently we have been discussing the advantage of moving from Waves of Emotion to Waves of Affect.

Excerpts from the article below:
 "emotions arise from cognitive interpretations of core physiological experiences . . .  
circumplex model of affect suggest that all affective states arise from two independent neurophysiological systems, which, for the purposes of discussion here, we term the valence and arousal systems  . . . . 
As emotions are experienced and communicated, cognitive interpretations are employed to identify the neurophysiological changes in the valence and arousal systems and conceptually organize these physiological changes in relation to the eliciting stimuli, memories of prior experiences, behavioral responses, and semantic knowledge 

The circumplex model of affect: An integrative approach to affective neuroscience, cognitive development, and psychopathology
Jonathan Posner,a,b James A. Russell,c and Bradley S. Petersona,b

The circumplex model of affect proposes that all affective states arise from cognitive interpretations of core neural sensations that are the product of two independent neurophysiological systems. This model stands in contrast to theories of basic emotions, which posit that a discrete and independent neural system subserves every emotion.

We propose that basic emotion theories no longer explain adequately the vast number of empirical observations from studies in affective neuroscience, and we suggest that a conceptual shift is needed in the empirical approaches taken to the study of emotion and affective psychopathologies. 
The circumplex model of affect is more consistent with many recent findings from behavioral, cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, and developmental studies of affect. Moreover, the model offers new theoretical and empirical approaches to studying the development of affective disorders as well as the genetic and cognitive underpinnings of affective processing within the central nervous system. 

Basic emotion theorists have primarily explored the behavioral and expressive manifestations of emotion. Investigations of the subjective, or experiential, components of emotion, rather than supporting a one to one correspondence between a discrete emotion and an underlying neural system, have instead suggested that emotions arise from cognitive interpretations of core physiological experiences (). 


The reality is that "emotion" are the conscious interpretations of physical states within the body. The physical state within the body are interactions between the material conditions outside the body, cognitive interpretations and affect created by the actions of two neural systems in the body.

So Emotion = affWave + cogWave + mWaves.  According to the paper, emotions are on various spectrums. Bored to calm, depressed to serene, sad to contented, upset to happy, stressed to elated, nervous to excited. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Njournal Notes 14.5 Applied Nemetic Math

Stumbling towards nemetic maths. The value of mathematics is to focus what we see.

In  post NJournal Notes 14.4,  I suggested a math to helps us focus on what we see in complex adaptive systems. In this Note I suggest a modification. to

“ I “ = Intent.
“ C ” = Constraints.
“ Nx “ = Neme Exchange
" k " = is an exponential function. In any organization a common intent creates agile coherence. No matter what the challenges and opportunities agility is required to respond fast enough to make a difference. An intent is different from a goal. In complexity a goal is, by nature, ever changing as the circumstances are always changing. A common Intent are a set of values that allow one to navigate through changing circumstance. A common intent minimizes the costs of compliance used in a top down management style. Mission statements and visions from the top sometimes increase Intent, but just as often decrease trust in managers and leaders. So the desired state of affairs is to take advantage of the fact that Intent is an emergent property. Neme exchange is communication sent, received and resent. To create value , it is the Exchange from one to another back to one that makes the difference. A neme sent that is not exchange can create more mistrust than no sending at all. The frequency of neme exchange increases the number and strength of small networks. Small networks are defined as having the minimum number of steps between any node and any other node. When there are direct connections between nodes, the small networks are at their most efficient. It is well understood that the knowledge creation of a network increases exponentially based on the number of nodes. Constraints channel or block nemetic flow. For the agile coherent organization, nemetic flow must be channel, not a blockage. How to Measure? 
Nemetic flow is the easiest, the frequency and pattern of nemetic flow. From a study of brain function. "technique measures neural activity via blood flow in the brain while people are awake and mentally active. We calculated a “functional connectivity profile” for each person based on their individual patterns of synchronized activity between different parts of the brain."   My conjecture is that we can create a "functional connectivity profile for any organization.
For further research how to measure Constraints and Intent.

Intent - Agile Coherence Some promising topics for research: from wikipedia Intentional communities.
Group Cohesiveness
Competing through organizational agility | McKinsey Five Agile Metrics You Won't Hate

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Njournal 14.4 Towards Nemetical Mathematics

As we stumble along to come up with a simple equation for Nemetic reality, I offer for consideration the following.


“ I “ = Intent.
“ C ” = Constraints.
“ N “ = Neme
The 2 is in the superscript to capture the non linear nature of the relationships.

Neme is a fractal in that an nString, nTube or nCell are nemes when viewed from a different level.  A string, tube or cell can also be measured on the ruler of frequency and amplitude of neme exchanges.

Intent is an emergent property of Constraints and an exponential function of nemetic vibration. Intent acts to augment the signals emitted by a neme.

Still missing are measures of Intent and Constraints.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Njournal 14.3 Towards a Nemetic Math


I = Intent  
n  =  neme 
nSt = nStrings connect Nemes.
nTu = nTube coherent bundles of strings.
nCl = nCell coherent bundle of tubes. The bundle is bounded by a woven membrane of strings and tubes.
nPx = Nemiplexity a complex adaptive system which has been articulated as strings, tubes, cells.

Nemes are nested in Strings which are nested in Tubes which are nested in Cells. Written as


Any nemPlexity becomes a neme when observed from outside. It remains a nemPlexity when viewed from the inside.

Version 3.0 of the fundamental theorem is
ΔI = f (nk )

The conjecture is the value of k and function f differ significantly in specific Contexts. Below are 8 of the many possible spectrums that specify a Context.  If the spectrums are divided to define discrete variables,  the result is matrix of possibilities. The number of cells in such a matrix defines 86,400 possible Contexts.

  1. Urban v suburban v small city v rural
  2. Baby boomers v  Gen X v Millennials v Gen Z.
  3. Native Born v Foreign Born
  4. Catholic v Protestant v Muslim v Jewish v Asian v Secularist
  5. Caucasian v American Black v  Latin v Asians v Native People
  6. Male v Female v LGBT
  7. Very rich, rich, median, poor, very poor.
  8. North East v Midwest v South v Middle States v West v West Coast

Nemes (nemiPlexities) that define the Nemplexity of US Politics.
Democratic Party v Republican Party
Republican Party (Tea Party v Populist v Establishment )
Democratic Party ( Liberal v Populist v Establishment )
Independents ( Non Active politically v Active Politically)

Business and Non profits.

Extractive Global Organization vs Global Customer Facing vs Global Internet Org  vs Domestic Large Org v Small Org v Micro Org.

Njournal 14.2 Towards a Nemetic Math

X is measured by number of nemes exchanging and the speed and frequency of exchange.
x = nemes
X is number of nemes in the situation. X^n = nString
n is a function of exchanges between nemes.
X^i = ntube
i is a function of exchanges between strings.
Y^j = constraints
Y is measured by flexible or rigid. 

j is a function of loose or tight.

Z^k = nemplexity
Z is measured by turbulence - smoothness 

k is a function of measures of complexity.

So something like
X + mX^n + kX^i + rY^j - qZ^k =0

In sociology, all of the functions are related to demography, speed and reach of exchange. Since strings and tubes can be seen as nemes from a different level it could capture the nemePlexity of the system.