Human agency over mind and matter: A flow constraint framework for material-, neural activity- and story-based system evolution
The human mind can model and causally change physical entities as diverse as atoms, rivers, biological species and societies. Assuming the mind arises from neural activity, how can such activity represent the behavior of objects, sometimes accurately imagining interactions not previously encountered? How can the human mind and body form a self, acting as a cohesive system with agency over both, mental and physical processes? To make self and mind accessible to reductionist analysis, I introduce
... a framework that can describe any system/entity as dimensionally constrained self-reinforcing interaction pattern, presenting as identifiable object by causally perturbing a prepatterned flow environment. The viewpoint taken has parallels in Object-Oriented-Ontology but is here rationalized into scientific theory. Systems, whether presenting as physical objects, mental concepts or story-based social entities, are built on common geometric and probabilistic attributes and thus can be subjected to coherent scientific interrogation. If validated, the framework models macro- as well as microscopic systems, elucidates means to encode processes into templates and allows for mind and matter to evolve in their own ecosystems but simultaneously act as templates for each other's processes under the agency of a human self.