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Other chapters: method & reference
Dictionary chapters: natural order material social order produced assets content techno order

Ens and Entelechy

Each chapter of the dictionary covers a specific category of ens and entelechy.

  • Natural order : the natural environment in which humankind dwells. Notable components such as time, land, climate, biotope and person are addressed as well.
  • Material: those material resources that humankind exchanges with the natural environment.
  • Social Order: institutional arrangements and socio-cultural actor networks that humankind has defined to govern relationships and interactions, mutually and with the natural environment.
  • Produced Assets: non-financial and non-content assets that have come into existence as outputs from production processes. Produced assets consist of fixed assets, inventories and valuables.
  • Content: non-tangible resources such as those protected by Intellectual Property Rights, knowledge commons, authored works, data, etc
  • Techno Order: institutional arrangements and actor networks that are related to complex actor networks involving complex produced assets, complex content collections, and multiple institutional arrangements.

While the ens (or entities, things) are covered in this dictionary, the entelechy proceeds by interactions in Biotope, Sociotope or Technotope:

  • Physical, chemical and bio-physical interactions in the Natural Order. These are studied in dedicated sciences and are not specifically addressed in the wikiworx platform.
  • Socio-technical interactions in the Social Order and in the Techno Order. Patterns for these interactions are included in the Interaction Dictionary.

Resource life cycles

Material resources (and biological entities) have life cycles during which they participate in the socio-economic interactions of human society[1]. An entity (ens) has a life time, during which it exists at each point in time. This is called the continuant property.

For material ens and money, this means they must be at a unique location. Their consumption is rivalrous. Content on the other hand may exist simultaneously at multiple places. Its consumption is non-rivalrous.

Each material entity has an ontogenic life cycle.

Entities that are mutually exchangeable or non-distinguishable have a collective typogenic life cycle: for instance all cars of type X produced by manufacturer Y.

A phylogenic life cycle refers to the collective existence of all entities with comparable functions, for instance all cars.

Resource management policies and procedures will involve the ontogeny, typogeny and phylogeny of entities.

The ontological characteristics will influence the options for such policies and procedures, especially for what concerns: (i) the use, depletion and discovery of resources; (ii) the stocks and flows of resources; and (iii) technologies required for handling the resource, recycling and substitution.

Implications of being material, monetary or content

The fundamental properties of entities have implications for how to involve them in planning and change. Below table illustrates some differences that are elaborated in the related chapters.

Ens Category use, depletion and discovery stocks and flows technologies, recycling and substitution
Material often as input to many possible products; depletion possible material stocks and flows materials oscillate between being captured in products or stocks, and being in the natural environment
Produced Assets use for specific purpose (low flex); depletion depend on required materials and availability of production facility, "invented" product inventory and product life cycle technological facility is required for production and recovery; recycling of material content; substitution within the typogeny or phylogeny
Content non-depletable use by reading, "creation" with copyright protection depending on the carrier technologies required for capturing, recycling of material carriers, different media come with very different access properties
Monetary many uses, use and depletion are socially controlled savings versus transactions, asset and liability, as a proxy for size of the economy embodied monetary flows are often (perfectly) substitutable
1. J.B.M. Goossenaerts (2000) Industrial Semiosis - towards a foundation for Deploying the Ubiquitous Information Infrastructure. Computers in Industry, 43/2, pp 189-201.