Saturday, January 23, 2016

NJournal Notes 9.0 Power functions in Nemetic Notation

nP - situation of interest .
nP indicates a "NEME" in the nemetic code.NEME is an observable and therefore measurable quanta of information or energy. There are three flavors of Nemes: A Physical Neme, coded as physNeme or pNP. A cognitive Neme coded as cNP. An emotional NEME, coded as eNp.  The non human world can be described with cNp. It is the human world that includes the emoNeme ( eNp ) and the cogNeme ( cNp ). The presence of emotion and cognition is the reason human problems are always wicked. It is impossible to predict how someone will respond to a change in the environment. Every change in the environment sensitively affects how another person will respond. It is similarly impossible to predict how the other person responds. A "wicked problem" is unavoidable.


nX indicates an exchange of nemes.
The sender's message only has value if someone responds to that message. thus exchanges.

nSt indicates nSting a pattern of nemetic exchanges.
Our facebook thread  is a perfect example of persistent exchanges.

nTu indicates nTube the entwining of nStrings.
There have been many exchanges btwn the participants at the thread. Each one person to one person exchanges form a string. An nTu emerges when two nSt start to overlap. Over time more nSt are created with more people exchanging. Once an nTu starts to form it takes the friction out of Exchange. As the friction is removed Intent emerges. Once common Intent forms, a project can begin.

nPlx indicates a nemiPlex which is essentially the same as an  "assemblage"
As nTu increase a nPx is the site of complexity. The nPlx is the space in which individual parts in a nStr can be combined to create a new Neme. The new Neme can result in a feedback loop. The more Nemes emitted, the more nStrings will emerge, the more NTubes will form the more nPlx will emerge the more Nemes will be emitted.


Let @ indicate that one nPlx ( nemiPlex)  is nested inside another.

That allows us to say
 nP @nPlx1 @nPlx2 @nPlx3 @nPlx4 @nPlx5. . .@ nPlxn.

A power function indicates the presence of a Complex Adaptive System.

nSt = ( Summation of nP1 ...nPanTu =  ( Summation of nPlx 1...n )b
nPlx = ( Summation of nTu1. . .n)c 

Friday, January 22, 2016

NJournal Notes 8.0 @ Assemblages and nPlx

For an explanation of the @ notation, see NJournal Notes 7.0 The @ symbol and buckminsterfullerene (C60) . 


nP @nPlx1  @nPlx2 @nPlx3 @nPlx4   @nPlx5 . . .@ nPlxn.

nP is the situation of interest. 
It could be a school, a student, a country, a community or any living system in situ.

@ nPlxn is an assemblage. In nemetic code we call it a NemiPlex.


A New Philosophy of Society: Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity is a 2006 book by Manuel DeLanda.[1] The book is an attempt to loosely define a new ontology for use by social theorists — one that challenges the existingparadigm of meaningful social analyses being possible only on the level of either individuals (micro-reductionism) or "society as a whole" (macro-reductionism). Instead, the book employs Gilles Deleuze's theory of assemblages from A Thousand Plateaus (1980) to posit social entities on all scales (from sub-individual to transnational) that are best analysed through their components (themselves assemblages).
As an example of an assemblage (as defined by DeLanda) consider an ecosystem:
  • The material role here is performed by the soil, sunlight, trees, animals, etc.
  • The expressive role is performed by the forms, colours, habits, etc. of the aforementioned components.
  • The territorializing role would be played by factors such as food chainsadaptive traits, conducive climate and other elements that maintain the components and their relationships and thus the identity and durability of the assemblage.
  • The deterritorializing role would be played by such factors as climate changeinvasion by exotic species, evolutionarymutation and other elements that recombine or replace various components and roles within the assemblage, leading to its dissipation or reformulation.
  • A linguistic/coding role could be played by an environmental discourse seeking to protect an ecosystem.
Consistent with DeLanda's materialist position, the book also includes as a secondary task a sustained criticism of the primacy of post-modernist linguistic analysis in social science (the theory of the linguisticality of experience). 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

NJournal Notes 7.0 The @ symbol and buckminsterfullerene (C60)

Yesterday I discovered a chemical notation that was new to me. It point to a way to construct a simple sentence that communicates the complex adaptive system characteristic of levels.

This morning there was an exchange on Face Book that gives a sense of where I'm going with this.
David Braden posted
I wrote a concept piece some time ago about the fabric of life:
"I once saw a documentary about a pygmy hunter. He had an opportunity to kill a forest giraffe but he let it go. He said he let it pass because killing it would leave a hole in the forest. 
After many years of thinking about and working with the relationships that make up our lives, I think I am beginning to understand in the way that wise pygmy hunters understand. The life in a place is a fabric. It comes in up to seven layers that we read about in the permaculture literature (plus the ones under water). It involves threads from all five kingdoms of life that we read about in the ZERI literature (Zero Emissions Research Initiative) 
When this fabric is thickly interwoven with all five threads in all seven layers we feel whole and call it beautiful. When this fabric becomes thread bare we suffer from the absence of its shelter. The fabric is made up from the participation of individual living things – in what biologists call the food web. We participate like all other living things. We are only different in the power we hold to tear holes in the fabric – or to use that same power to enhance the weave. 
The message from Permaculture and ZERI, and all the other organizations experimenting with the relationships that make up our lives, is that saving the world will not come about through political action (although that can be helpful). Government has its own specific role in the fabric. We will save the world by learning to enhance the weave of the fabric of life - in the place where we live."
You can find my response and follow the ongoing  conversation at David's FB thread 

The @ symbol 

The @ symbol (at sign) indicates an atom or molecule trapped inside a cage but not chemically bound to it. For example, a buckminsterfullerene (C60) with an atom (M) would simply be represented as MC60 regardless of whether M was inside the fullerene without chemical bonding or outside, bound to one of the carbon atoms. Using the @ symbol, this would be denoted M@C60 if M was inside the carbon network. A non-fullerene example is [As@Ni12As20]3−, an ion in which one As atom is trapped in a cage formed by the other 32 atoms.


Endohedral fullerene
 By Hajv01 (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

In general form the @ symbol would allow us to write  nP @nStn@nTun Since the notation is content and context agnostic, it can be used to write simple sentences about any living system ( complex adaptive system.) 

Two examples of use in specific contexts. In the context of permaculture we can write Individual @bioregion @biosphere.

In the context of education systems in the United States we can say student @classroom @school @district @state department of education @national department of education @national government 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

NJournal Notes 6.0 Anti Fragility

25 October 2009 

James P. Crutchfield ,
University of California at Davis,
Complexity Sciences Center
Physics Department  
Abstract:  Short-term survival and an exuberant plunge into building our future are generating a new kind of unintended consequence—hidden fragility. This is a direct effect of the sophistication and structural complexity of the socio-technical systems humans create. It is inevitable. And so the challenge is, How much can we understand and predict  about these systems and about the social dynamics that lead to their construction?

The Nemetic Approach to Predicting Black Swans
+Dibyendu De
Chief Mentor
Nemetic Institute of Art and Science Kolkata 

Predicting Black Swans Part 1
June 29, 2103
"The question is how do we deal with (Black Swans)

It is easy to deal with any complex system if we are able to predict their behavior over time.

However, the idea of prediction is a bit different from our usual idea of prediction. Our usual idea about prediction is, if we know sufficiently about the behavior at any point of time, we would be able to predict the behavior of a system any time in the future.   
 . . .The good news is that the behavior of any complex system can be monitored and predicted for black swans, a little in advance, before it strikes us with full force to bring the system to its knees.
In order to predict black swans we need to know of one very peculiar phenomenon of any complex system. That is a complex system behaves linearly for most of its time when it is free from a black swan or an outlier. Then as a black swan slowly creeps into the system the system suddenly behaves non-linearly. When it behaves linearly it gives us a false sense of security. We feel everything is fine and hunky dory and would stay like that forever. We take pride in our design.
. . .  By understanding this phenomenon clearly, we can ‘predict’ a black swan or an outlier very easily. It is deceptively simple. Simpler than what we perceive it to be.
Once the presence of a black swan is detected, much before it actually happens, we are left with enough time on our hands to deal with it effectively and skillfully. It also leaves us with the possibility to dramatically improve the system big time. 

Predicting Black Swans Part 2 
July 7, 2013
In this post, I intend to explore the concept a bit more: what exactly we monitor to notice a ‘black swan’ in time?. . .
. . . So the natural way to watch a system to expect a ‘black swan’ in time, is to keep a tab on the ‘energy’ of a system in the following ways:
a) Monitor the entropy of a system. As a system functions the entropy of a system gradually rises till it hits a threshold limit indicating the appearance of a ‘black swan’ or an outlier. 
b) Monitor the energy gain of a system till it crosses the ‘resilience’ point to give birth to a ‘black swan’, outlier or a ‘wicked problem’. 
c) Monitor critical parts of a system for excess emission of energy till it goes beyond the linear response of a part. 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Njournal Notes 5.0 Visualization

An nTu can be seen as a triangle. Since Nemetic code is content agnostic, in this case I will choose sender, receiver, observer to be the nodes of the triangle. I will also use Notice. Engage. Exchange as the nodes of the triangle shape.

Once visualized as a triad it is a short step to see a conversation can create connected triads which gives us a tetrahedron.

In geometry, a tetrahedron (plural: tetrahedra or tetrahedrons) is a polyhedron composed of four triangular faces, six straight edges, and four vertex corners. The tetrahedron is the simplest of all the ordinary convex polyhedra and the only one that has fewer than 5 faces.[1]The tetrahedron is the three-dimensional case of the more general concept of aEuclidean simplex.
The tetrahedron is one kind of pyramid, which is a polyhedron with a flat polygonbase and triangular faces connecting the base to a common point. In the case of a tetrahedron the base is a triangle (any of the four faces can be considered the base), so a tetrahedron is also known as a "triangular pyramid".
Like all convex polyhedra, a tetrahedron can be folded from a single sheet of paper. It has two such nets.[1]For any tetrahedron there exists a sphere (called the circumsphere) on which all four vertices lie, and another sphere (the inspheretangent to the tetrahedron's faces.

If we add motion to a tetrahedron we see this..

Tensegrity simple 3

 By Cmglee (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

We can fill in the nPlex box, with the structure above.

My conjecture is  it will be helpful to see that as the structure turns it encounters similar nPlexes in it's environment.  Since the nodes are Notice. Engage. Exchange. when a node comes close to a node in the environmental nPlex they are attracted.  Depending on the location of Notice. Engage. Exchange the attraction will be stronger. Over time a strong connection will be persistant. To the extent that it is persistent it can be called an nCell denoted by nCe.

A big thank you to +Daniel Durrant . In the comment below he point to the picture below.

tensegrity 219