EbDish is a twitter specific language to enable interesting sentences about Complex Adaptive Systems in 140 characters or less. It is a work in progress.


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Yellow Highlights indicate words by Mark F, as of Jan 3 2010 MJ still Mulling.

Green Highlights words by MJ waiting for EbDish collaborator's Mull.


Rtube  "Reality Tube". Replaces Activity Space Time in version 0.1 .
Roughly equivalent to Point of View, Conceptual Framework, Mindset, Worldview, Gestalt. Derived from Robert Anton Wilson's notion of Reality Tunnel.  Different in that a Tunnel does not capture the ever changing shape of a tube interacting with other Tubes. In EbDish the Rtube  is a network node is created by a network node (see entry on "Social Tetrahedron/Rsphere") that gets, processes, and outputs information tokens.


Nfractal  Narrative Fractal ( thanks to  Mark Frazier @openworld ) 

An ideal pattern of elements comprising "alive and whole" stories, narratives, or sequences of sounds or images.


Each full-fledged Narrative Fractal includes the following sections:

1. attractor (an attention-creating opener, stirring interest)

2. challenge (a provocation or disturbance, creating tension)

3. opportunity (vision of a new condition that may resolve the challenge, evoking inspiration)

4. strategy (path to realize the opportunity, promoting hope)

5. test (acceptance test, stimulating confidence or doubt)

6. decision (the choice to implement, refine, or shelve the strategy, prompting a sense of resolve)  


In terms of actions, the Narrative fractal can be expressed as follows (incorporating the above facets)


a.  Feel (the desire of the attractor, and tension of the challenge)

b.  Plan (the opportunity or envisaged state change, and the strategy to get there)

c.  Do (the acceptance test, and the decision to implement, refine, or defer)


Each element of a Nfractal can be seen as the product of a NME (Notice-Mull-Engage) process as described OR as a product of the Feel-Plan-Do process outlined above.


[Michael:  Feel, Plan and Do are equivalent to Notice. Mull. Engage. I prefer NME as it points more easily to Scale and Time independence. Mark: I like Feel (Emotionally) Plan (Cognitively) Do (Physically) because this progression maps to the complementary roles of Ewaves, Cwaves, and Pwaves noted below. Entwining Ewaves and Cwaves can activate Pwaves in sentient life (leading to individual and coordinated group action in BPlaces).] 


A well-formed NFractal is one deemed to be complete in the above facets, based upon feedback by members of a trustnet.  NFractals define the edges of each person's or organization's Social Tetrahedron (see "Soctets" below), which include Personal, Business, and Civic storylines - and their "asks and offers" for token exchange. (See Quora.com for further descriptions of Nfractals: http://j.mp/bpaD2Z )



An Rsphere is the field or pattern of Ewaves, Cwaves, and Pwaves surrounding a Social Tetrahedron (see "Soctet" below), whose overall colors, intensities and textures can signal opportunities for token exchange or partnering with other Rspheres that are interested also in filling out their storylines. A benefit of having Nfractals at the heart of each Rsphere is that they too can have visual fields representing Ewaves, Cwaves, and Pwaves - signalling token exchange "asks" and "offers." The converging field patterns from the Nfractals can produce visual "hotspots" of opportunities for external token exchange visible on the surface of an Rsphere.



An Rtube (originally "Reality Tunnel") is the path taken by the RSphere in pursuit of partners to fill or actualize the "asks" and "offers" of its constituent Nfractals. It can be defined by the trail of asks/offers an Rsphere has shared publicly (i.e. made visible on its surface) as it moves through time. Rtubes themselves may be works in progress to form a larger Nfractal for a higher-level holon. To the extent that an info token emerges from or passes through a well-formed Nfractal, it may pass to other Rtubes and help them complete their respective (Nfractal) works-in-progress. Similar to a protein in a cell, such an info token - once inside an Rsphere boundary - is free to "fit" into and help complete individual Nfractals or meshes of Nfractals in the target Soctet/Rsphere.


Ewaves  "Waves of Emotion"

A force manifesting affect or charge in three dimensions of value (positive, negative, and neutral). It can be expressed in short wave (e.g. sensations), medium wave (feeling->mood) and long wave forms (disposition->character).  Enduring, replicable patterns of Ewaves at any wavelength are defined as emotion viruses or "lumenes," complementing idea viruses ("memes") and form viruses ("genes").  Lumenes are produced by actual or anticipated NME token exchanges that fill in, alter, or disturb incumbent Nfractals. Art, fashion, entertainment, design artifacts, and  religious/spiritual beliefs are leading propagators of Ewave-heavy NME tokens and their associated lumenes. 

Cwaves  "Waves of Cognition"
A force tracing causal relationships across the three dimensions of time (past, present, and future). The continuum of Cwaves includes recognition (short wave), identification (medium wave), and understanding (long wave) of beliefs with an anticipated case:rule:result coherence.  Enduring, replicable patterns of Cwaves as expressed in language are memes or idea/logic viruses.  Cwave-heavy tokens are typically propagated through academic research and intellectual inquiry, and put in observable form for NME exchange through print and online media.


Pwaves "Physical Waves"

A force that can generate movement, form and texture in the three dimensions of physical space. Pwaves cover the full spectrum of electromagnetic wavelengths as well particles ("standing" Pwaves?) with mass. Pwaves in a material form may manifest properties of attraction, nonreaction, or repulsion. Enduring, replicable patterns of Pwaves are interchangeably referred to in #Ebdish as genes or form viruses.  Pwave-heavy NME tokens capable of producing life are typically generated through mitosis, sex, or artificial reproductive processes.  When Pwave-heavy NME tokens converge with consilient memes and lumenes, they have maximum opportunities to be fruitful and multiply.


NME "Notice-Mull-Engage" info tokens.  ( "NFME" in Ebdish  version 1.5)  

NFME derives from "Notice. Focus. Mull. Engage." - essentially equivalent to "sensing", "thinking/planning" and "doing." Learning in a Complex Adaptive System occurs by putting ideas and beliefs that are generated by Mulling to tests in the physical realm of action, Engaging in Bplace. Then Noticing Events in Time. Replication is accelerated by then sharing results via NME info tokens.


It seems Focus can be captured by seeing "Focus" as Notice Events occurring over Time. NME also makes it easier to describe the phenomenon "Mull" as iterations of Notice.Mull. Engage. at a lower system level.  Could be useful to get to the fractal nature of Complex Adaptive Systems.


NMEX "NME Xchange" coined by @emergentinsight refers to the exchange of information tokens between network nodes. Rtubes in EbDish.


Genes, memes and lumenes are particular types of  NME

At the biological scale, Genes carry the information which moves through intricate process of expression from which physical forms emerge. In this sense, genes can be seen as "form viruses." Memes, as noted earlier, can be understood as replicating logical constructs, or "idea viruses."  Lumenes - completing reproductive elements of a Body-Mind-Spirit triad -  are replicable patterns of affective response - "emotion viruses."  Evolution can be seen as the testing of myriad gene-meme-lumene "scripts," through the NME mating choices of increasingly sentient entities = soctets moving within their Intentional Rtubes  In the service of surviving, adapting and thriving in the "Behavior Places" of the physical world.


A NME token may be said to be "Ewave heavy" or "Cwave heavy" depending on context - that is, whether it coheres more with Nfractals in the form of songs or expressionist art, or Nfractals such as an academic paper or a legal contract. A NME token is different from a "Meme" or "Lumene" in that it can assemble or entwine multiple Emotion and Cognitive patterns into a new packet for exchange.


Code for Behavior Place. replaces "Activity Space Time - A s/t"  in version 0.1
Roughly equivalent to Real World, Observables, Measurable Data Streams. The most common observable in biology is denoted by Gene. New insights of evolutionary biology are now making Genetic Expression observable. In commerce the observable is the money for goods and services exchange.


Soctets (Social Tetrahedrons as a way to view extended/empathic selves in a social network)

Soctets - in visual form, a 3D tetrahedron - may offer a useful way to map user profiles in social networks. The base of each person's tetrahedron can be defined by three frames of reference (Personal, Business, and Civic). From a top-down perspective - or from a bottom-up perspective, if the tetrahdron is transparent - all three frames can be viewed at a glance. (The profile creator might have a right to set trust thresholds that allow another person to partially or fully rotate the object to see given frames).

A color reflecting the current Maslow state (e.g. showing survival, comfort, and generative levels) applicable to each frame of reference in the Soctet can also be a way for the profile creator to convey useful information to others in his/her trustnet at a glance .

The Soctet user profile can also show people and initiatives that one includes as part of an extended, empathic self. This can be done by dragging and dropping other profiles into one's tetrahedron, much as Twitter allows one to follow admired people. To add a person or cause to one's empathic self, the profile creator could rotate the tetrahedron to populate a personal frame of reference (filling it with family and friends), a civic frame of reference (e.g. with admired individuals and organizations working for the commons), and a professional or business frame (with valued coworkers). Individuals and initiatives included in one's "extended self" also could be made visible to others, when access rights are set, by double-clicking on a given face of one's user profile.


The outer faces of one's Soctet can show publicly-visible opportunities for NME exchange - "asks" and "offers" by which anyone can help fill out the Narrative Fractals valued by the Soctet creator. Other ask/offer exchange opportunities may be extended only to people and projects within one's trustnet. These could be viewed by those who receive access rights to double-click on the Soctet surface and open the Personal, Business, and/or Civic (PBC) facets of the social tetrahedron.


The Soctet framework provides a means of viewing valued holons. Individuals may choose to nest their soctets within the soctets of larger communities, enabling participants to see their identification with a larger connective/collective.  Similarly, as noted above, the creator of a soctet may opt to show the soctets of others (individuals and communities) that he or she feels reside within the boundary of their extended/empathic self.  Over time, mutual "trust tokens" might signify which of these others held delegated rights to act on the profile creator's behalf.  Two-way or multi-way delegation of trust in such cases would begin highlighting contours of an incipient larger holon, with its own Personal-Businss-Civic frames of reference.


Constructal flows (movement of Soctets/RSpheres to form larger holons) 

Constructal Theory (http://j.mp/dbFWUa) posits that natural systems of all kinds move in patterned ways that enable easier access to resources. In the case of social tetrahedrons - including their RSphere of E-C-P waves generated by embedded narrative fractals - the flow of motion is along paths (Rtubes) offering valued partners for token exchange to fill out their respective storylines. As noted above, such exchanges over time may create habits of trust that lead the Soctets/Rspheres to move together in tandem (visually expressed as a helix?), or to enlarge the boundaries of their "extended selves" so as to mutually absorb their resource-providing partners. In time, these exchange relationships may lead to a shared, transcending new core sense of self.  Once established, the trusted habits of internal resource exchange lead a new holon (an emergent social tetrahedron) to evolve its own higher set of Nfractals, and seek out new external partners for valued resource exchanges that hold promise of filling in these storylines.


Exaptive evolution

 "Exaptive" exchange relationships (http://j.mp/atHaX3 ) arise when a NME token that helps fill a segment of a Nfractal in one trustnet proves unexpectedly helpful in the fulfillment of surprisingly different Nfractal segment in another trustnet. For example, a NME token useful in the "Attractor" facet of one trustnet's Civic Nfractal may also prove useful (in a non-zero sum manner) to the "Strategy" facet of a Business Nfractal in a previously unrelated social tetrahedron. Exaptive exchanges of this kind can build trust over time conducive to the ultimate inclusion of both parties in the "extended selves" of one another. The overlap in the extended selves of the new partners in turn creates an commons with its own Nfractal - and potential to engage in exaptive relationships with others beyond the original trustnets.  By this means, new value-creating, risk-minimizing holons can emerge. Visually, an exaptive NME exchange offer by one Rsphere to an unrelated trustnet might be shown via "flux ropes" (http://j.mp/ed9Fs8 ).  


Golden thread (a set of token exchanges benefiting multiple Nfractals)

A "golden thread" of synergy marks a path of highest possible benefits for multiple, as-yet-unfilled Nfractals in a social tetrahedron/Rsphere.  It is the path of token exchanges - or trust relationships - that delivers value in a concurrent way for the individual or group's most valued Personal, Civic, and Business storylines.