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Ecological fit and irenic force

- By Gary G. Nelson The structure and dynamics of the ecology instruct us on how the forms of complexity exist and persist and how their parts fit the forms...

The ecology and irenic force: Learning to fit from evolution

By Gary G. Nelson

 

Abstract

The structure and dynamics of the ecology instruct us on how the forms of complexity exist and persist and how their parts fit the forms. This is a broad sense of “getting along” at the focal level of parts as well as the consistency of all parts with a common and stable form that serves as a general definition of “peace.” The spontaneity of evolution and development (evo-devo) as self-organizing systems (SOS) is proof of a “force” of spontaneous organization with the focal-formal fit. Successive focal or polycentric levels (many objects interacting) and their form (the “whole” object) emerge with a convergent recursion so that every object must fit a form that is the physical and logical condition of interaction. This scale hierarchy model is used to clarify the conditions of sustainability, adaptability, and resilience (SAR) of the focal-formal pairs. This has also been expressed as homeostasis and requisite variety. With SAR as an operational definition of “peace,” the social barriers to achieving it are interpreted as feedbacks of consumption and inequitable power growth that disrupts form and fails as an irenic force. Strategies for an irenic force must oppose the specific feedbacks for power growth and maintain forms of SAR at all social levels up to the international.

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