We are familiar with the effect of trust, reciprocity, and emotional resonance within our close personal and family circles, as the quality(s) we intrinsically seek to maximize in order to enjoy a healthy social life. However the structures and function of society-at-large is not driven by these qualities, but are rather static structures and functions that persist even when these qualities are minimally present. The internet has given us the means to interconnect and scale the social structure and function of personal social circles to a global level, but the internet currently has neither the structure nor the functional dynamic to allow the qualities of personal social circles to scale. Indeed, the very notion of a highly-organized society built on intimate personal relationships may sound strange. Yet natural systems such as the human organism function in this way - each cell is intimately connected to a limited number of other cells, and the organism as a whole usually functions in such a way that the entire system is healthy. Therefore we seek to enable a metasystem transition of society to a "collective human organism", in precisely the sense that the health of the individual is mutually supportive with the health of the collective. A metasystem transition of society into a state that self-organizes based on trust, reciprocity, and emotional resonance will require feedback cues (as attractors within a complex system) in order for the self-organization to occur.

Currently, the feedback cues to our behavior that we receive from our personal social circle are disjointed from the feedback cues we receive from society-at-large. In the simplest sense, the way most of us spend our time to make a living in society is not the way we spend our time when we are with friends and family (an exception would be when someone is in a vocation in which what they love to do and whom they love to be with overlap). In the space between the influence of society and the influence of our personal circle, we find the influence of social media. Collectively we spend a considerable amount of time on social media, and it significantly influences our behavior, so in principle social media could serve as a bridge that aligns our individual motivations with the collective needs of society. By and large however, social media has failed do this - rather than building the trust needed for the behavior of a hypothetical collective organism to emerge, we are no better able to distinguish trustworthiness from untrustworthiness, nor truth from falsehood, within the medium social media has provided us. Therefore we see an opportunity to develop an application, within the frame of social media and communications, that structurally and functionally enables the trust, reciprocity, and emotional resonance of the personal social circle to scale beyond the personal circle.

We envision an application that can serve as a bridge to states of collective emotional resonance by providing a visualization (through current interfaces such as digital devices) of behavior reflecting trust and reciprocity within a social ecosystem. The two aspects of this visualization will be the social network itself, and the dynamic of communication within the network. The social network itself must be fractal because it will be comprised of radially-connected personal social circles, and the dynamic of communication within the network that is meaningful must be two-way/reciprocal (as opposed to 1-way, such as Twitter, news feeds, etc). Our working assumption is that if reciprocal communication on a given subject crosses a threshold change in scale of the fractal social network, then this communication must reflect trust and emotional resonance among the individuals involved, on the subject that is being communicated about. 

A visualization algorithm that equates communication with harmonic motion and equates individuals with nodes in the communication will be capable of producing a cymatic image that is simultaneously the structure of the network and the pattern of communication of the network. We do not expect that communication leading to complex cymatic images will happen automatically. Rather, our hypothesis is that significant learning and adaptation of behavior will be required in order to manifest a level of social cohesion that produces such images, and that social behavior that produces such images is indeed characterized by trust, reciprocity, and emotional resonance. If our hypothesis is correct, then the network visualization algorithm of our envisioned application will provide a cue, or catalyst in the form of a behavioral incentive, to establish and maintain states conducive to collective emotional resonance. 

In order for an image representing emotional resonance to have the persuasive power of a social cue, the image must reflect truth. Although we experience emotional resonance in a purely subjective way in personal relationships, we have no objective understanding of emotions on which to base a visual representation of the truth of the experience. Therefore we need to develop our understanding of the “physics of emotions”, which is not only uncharted territory, but territory that should not exist if our study of the objective (physics) and our study of the subjective (psychology) are mutually exclusive. It is precisely this mysterious territory into which we intend to venture. A starting point for this journey is the first paper linked below in which we examine three paradoxes presented by physical theory at the human scale. We believe that these paradoxes are the gateway through which physics may be synthesized with psychology. Taking a step further, we consider logical resolutions to these paradoxes in an outline of a model that incorporates the subjective and the objective into a single dynamic of our experience as conscious entities. This outline of a model is presented in the second paper linked below, which includes an approach to understanding the physics of emotions.

While we continue to seek clarity in this new domain of research, our working assumption, for the purpose of creating a visualization algorithm, is that emotional resonance across a fractal social network is similar to multi-frequency acoustic resonance made visible as cymatic images, wherein the structure and the motion of the structure are self-similar.

Paradoxes within Physical Theory at the Human Scale.

By Ben Werner

Abstract: Three paradoxes within physical theory at the human scale are discussed. These paradoxes are 1) the paradox of static virtual fields, 2) the paradox of the missing negative mass/energy and 3) the paradox of instantaneous virtual field propagation. Logical possible resolutions to these paradoxes are outlined. The possible significance of these paradoxes to the future evolution of physical theory is discussed.

Electromagnetism in terms of Space and Time. A Model Enabled by Including the Human Subject.

By Ben Werner, Cadell Last, Gael Van Weyenbergh, James Redenbaugh.

Abstract: A description of electromagnetism in terms of space and time has remained unknown. Historical attempts have posited extra dimensions of space, yet the underlying philosophical barrier is the exclusion of the human subject. The virtual/imaginary status of electrostatic and magnetostatic fields suggests that we are composed of a wave oscillating at a human scale of space and time. We infer this wave is a rotation of awareness between the positive mass/energy forming an object of the senses and the negative mass/energy forming the unconscious idea of the object, through a virtual/imaginary dimension. Building a model from this starting point, we recognize the electrostatic and magnetostatic fields as tension/torsion between an object and the unconscious idea of the object, when there is an offset between either the object or the idea of the object between the present moment and either the past or the future. This model illustrates the identity of the speed of light with the speed of time. In review, we offer a framework for the synthesis of the objectivity of physics and the subjectivity of the humanities, wherein emotions are fractal electromagnetic waves. We predict applications of this model that are simultaneously technological and psychological, enabling humanity to function as a collective organism through virtual emotional resonance.


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