The Theory of Human Collective Systems

The Theory of Human Collective Systems

Principle 1: Humans are Collective 

Whilst individuality sits on a spectrum, everyone is part of a collective biological system. We process information about events around us collectively with each person acting as a cell in a bigger organism. Similarly, we share collective emotions that are at times superimposed upon our own individual feelings. The mechanisms of communication within the collective are complex and stretch from visual to audio and hormonal. In all probability we are also linked by quantum entanglement in a subtle web of complex interconnectivity.

Principal 2: Love = Anti-Entropy and is the power of attraction that bonds of collective systems

Conversely, hate is the opposite force as it dissociates and fractures societies. In humans, parental love is critical for the growth of healthy productive offspring. In that regard, a society whose values facilitate this process on a broad scale is more likely to be successful in the long term. The Buddhists message of love, dating back to 500 BC, is therefore more powerful than we perhaps have ever recognised. The most critical phase of human growth of the brain that shapes one's whole life with respect to health and happiness is the first five years. Resultantly, how we are parented and receive love is critical. We could conjecture a society that places increased awareness and support for parenting,  especially in the early phase, will in future generations become more capable and productive. The work of the Duchess of Cambridge in this field is to be applauded, but is also coincident with a forward looking mindset of post Brexit Britain. From another perspective, China’s one-child policy may have increased the levels of love and care parents transmitted to their offspring, creating unintentionally positive anti-entropy effects. Christianity may not be perfect, but its prime message is increased love within society. It's greatest manifestation has therefore been the Western Christian Super Empire.

Principal 3: Humans manifest different levels of entropy 

This occurs in four core elements, much like an ant colony. Please note that these elements each show a spectrum of responses.

  • 20% are creative, energetic leaders. This group optimises anti-entropy by harnessing chaos and fluid situations, enhancing collective beliefs and coherence which in turn optimises collective anti-entropy.
  • 80% are ‘The Body’ who are, broadly speaking, neutral. ‘The Body’ are activated by the energy of those at the extremes to varying degrees, depending on the phase of the cycle.
  • 18% are ‘The Unaffirmed’. Lacking essential parental love, they are unconsciously self-destructive and by extension act with entropy on the system.
  • 2% are ‘The Malevolent Unaffirmed’. These people consciously act with entropy. As the universe’s trend is for entropy, it takes far fewer acting from this mindset to effect a destructive outcome. If a system is cleansed of the Un-Affirmed it will organise into a powerful mechanism of anti-entropy.

Principal 4: The variability of human organisational structures 

This is not only defined by geography, history and values, but also the mix of elements defined in Principle 2. This creates a spectrum of national characteristics that range from constructive to destructive. Some nations, like Argentina, consistently fail to elect good leadership in a collective act of self-destruction. Other nations, like Britain, possess a more constructive mix. Special forces in their original forms embody members from the creative leadership who have been melded into an extremely effective fighting force. Startup companies are very similar in composition to special forces. Contrastingly, companies that are mature and tipping into decline can embody the Unaffirmed and Malevolent, accelerating their demise. These observations are the basis of optimising a nation or company's growth and are contained in my Five Phase Business Cycle (available on request). It is notable that different human systems possess differing collective potential to self organise. One of the key factors in this regard is the quality of leadership through the various levels of the social hierarchy. This is a function of environmental shaping, genes and the stage of the Five Phase Cycle.

Principal 5: Leadership and the Right Brained/Left Brained balance in a human system

Whilst modern neuroscience has shown that brain function is spread across the whole brain, the old notion of right and left brained thinking still has validity in terms of behavioural traits of individuals. Using this construct to explain observed behaviours, a  female brain is cross materialised using both hemispheres. The Male brain seems to be more polarised, favouring one side or another in terms of predominant behavioural traits. I have long maintained that the right brain gene is the leadership gene within human society. Thus, anti-entropy optimization in human systems is achieved at stages where right brain creative and lateral leadership is not only at the top of the structure, but cascades down through to the lower echelons and works symbiotically with the more iterative thought processes of the left brained body. In contrast, when left brained leadership rises to power it is intolerant of right brained subordinates. Perhaps this is because control rather than empowerment is the main currency of leadership, but also because right brained thinking is, in essence, threatening to a centralised hierarchical structure.

During the steady-state low entropy environments that have endured for many years, there will always be a tendency to move to left brained iterative leadership which maintains the status quo. However, in periods of rapid growth and high entropy environments systems that cannot shift to right brained leadership swiftly and effectively risk failure.