S-Fractals: What are they?

This is an introduction to the idea of s-fractals, or s-fracts as they cool kids say. S-fracts, in the schema i’m making up (or reporting on), are the basic building blocks of society, or if you prefer, of socially created reality. S-fractals are the nouns of Fractal Society, and S-functions are the verbs.

So these are just the basic ideas, to be filled out later. By me or by you.

  1. It is useful to consider objects in our social reality as s-fracts. Not all such objects might be s-fracts, but considering the possibility that they are opens the door to possible insights. An s-fract is a social fractal, or a semi-fractal.  It isn’t a fractal in the purely mathematical sense, but it is more or less self-similar to other social thingies. So my dad was in the Army, and as they say “you can take the man out of the Army, but you can’t take the Army out of the man.”  he was a part of the Army, but not like a wheel is a part of a car. He was, in some sense, a microcosm of the Army, a fractal of the Army.
  2. Any given s-fract might be related to any number of other s-fracts, which I’m going to call relatives. Relatives because it allows us to think of them as being children of some s-fracts, parents of some s-fracts, sibling or cousins or aunts or uncles of some s-fracts. As expanded on later, this is a bit more sophisticated than thinking in terms of holons and networks in that in a holon a system is part of just one other system, and is seen as the sole parent of one or more systems. Here we are saying that an s-fract may be impacted by numerous supra or sub or networked systems. So I’m an s-fract of my dad, which means some part of me is an s-fract of the Army.
    1. So i am an s-fract of my dad, and of my family.  And i am made up of cognitive schemas, which are made up of sub-schemas, and it is turtles all the way down.
  3. S-fracts can change. I’m not stuck being who i used to be, hell, i can’t stay who i used to be even if i tried. Interestingly, one view of hell is a place (psychological or physical or both or neither) where nothing changes. But the important part is that all parts of society can change.  As somebody said “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
  4. Ghandi VS-fracts can change. I’m not stuck being who i used to be, hell, i can’t stay who i used to be even if i tried. Interestingly, one view of hell is a place (psychological or physical or both or neither) where nothing changes. But the important part is that all parts of society can change.  As somebody said “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
  5. S-fracts can self-modify. A child can make decisions about certain things and can change themselves. I can decide (apparently) do be nicer to somebody, to try to put the moves on somebody, to feed my resentment about things done to me. I can undergo therapy, accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior, reject or accept the values I have been given. A family can also change how it acts, what it does. So can any group or organization. I’m not sure about cognitive systems inside a person, but we’ll see about that.
  6. S-fracts influence each other. We can teach each other things – and that teaching can be transformative. If I change how I relate to Joanne, that can change Joanne, it can change my cognitive system about how I relate to Marianne. If a family decides to change something, that can change how each member of the family does things, as well as how related families do things.
  7. S-fracts can be seen as having dimensions, which is different from them consisting of child s-fracts. That is, I have child s-fracts related to how I think about religion, politics, intimate relationships…. Each of those cognitive systems has children. But the cognitive dimension is just a dimension (like high, width, depth, weight.) And it seems that these dimensions include; physical, biological, cognitive, emotional, intrapsychic…

Since this is a work in progress, i’m assuming that things will be added to this list and perhaps taken away.

The fundamental idea is that is can be useful to realize:

  1. We are all connected with each other in many different ways.
  2. Each part of society (nation, religous group, family, individual, thought patterns) are s-fractals of each other.
  3. S-fractals interact and influence each other through what we are calling S-functions.

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