Chapter 9
Intro-Open Systems

1. The idea of man being viewedas an intro-open system comes as a natural consequenceof the concepts presented so far in this book. The openaspect takes place towards the space-time universe, whereas theintro-open side appears through the beingness as a particular form of living in a deep zone of the material world. I have alreadymentioned in another work1 that the automaton will remain a system open towards its exterior and closed towards its interior, i.e. towards what we called beingness. I also observed the fact that going beyond the individual and social automaton will cast upon the whole Universe a new light. The Universe itself is not a mere system, is not only something programmed once for ever; it is left to the man to prove these concepts once his knowledge will reach towards the deeper layers of the material world and of its existence2.
Intro-openness raises in front of us several problems: What is the difference between an open and an intro-open system ? Why cannot both be in the same class, considering the present theory of systems ? Why should an intro-open system be something to spill out of the existing system ?
Let's notice that system is a concept that reflects or is applied to some structured reality. The energymatter is not a system, and the unstructured informatter is not a system either. On the other hand, the quantum world is a system, and so is the non-alive macroscopic world. But when we reach the animal and the man things become rather more complicated.

First we should clarify what we understand by structural reality. No doubt this notion means that there are also realities without a structure, i.e. realities with total uniformity (admitting that any uniform or non-uniform reality has a structure). In many instances a reality can appear either structured or totally uniform depending on the way we observe it. For example, the sheet of paper, with nothing written on it, can be thought of as something totally uniform. But from an other point of view it is a structure, since it is constituted from molecular chains of cellulose, adhesives, etc. It seems that we could imagine the energymatter in itself as something uniform; and similarly the unstructured informatter. But the question arises of crossing from informatter into the quantum world, thus implying the intervention of some structured informatter that applies itself to the energymatter (Fig. 32). A "logics" of this process and the world of applications have to be defined. This means that the energymatter is in itself substructurable; but once structured it will not be energymatter any longer, but it will be an existing quantum universe.

Fig. 32

It follows that the deepest zone of the material world is unstructured; in fact it is a reservoir of which the material world structures and develops itself. One will say that to start the process of developing the world in an absolutely unstructured reservoir something has to intervene to trigger off the first structuring process. But this means to judge things timewise, whereas in orthoexistence time does not exist, at least as we know it in the Universe. However we are inclined to believe that a structuring in informatter produces a rudimentary and concentrated attribute of time, a "specific" time, proper to that structuring process. But we established that informatter is a substance of a nature different from energymatter: it confers continuant and duration properties; and it is not excluded that in pure form, due to some specific sensitivity, it can have the equivalent of statistic fluctuations, thus generating spontaneously certain structures and hence existence (even if these were still sketchy, they can at least produce via probabilistic phenomena some other new structuring processes). Thus one can imagine the possibility of an "initial" triggering, with all the phenomena taking place in durationless time of their succession proper to informatter. This model could also open the way towards a philosophical understanding of probability. Thus the random processes can be found with much deeper roots, implicit to the explanation of the world.

An universe can, in its turn, bring about probabilistic structuring of the informatter, but it can also produce them in a conscious and creative way, via the mental world (Fig. 32). The rings of the existence are selftriggering: they develop, and partially invent themselves via some specific material mechanisms. Probability and consciousness can trigger off the rings of the existence.
The structuralrealities contain various categories, from the completely unorganized structures till those having total ordering through some proper ordering elements. A gas made up of molecules is a structured reality, it can be described through the random thermal movements of its molecules. Any set is a structured reality, even the notion of mathematically abstract sets assumes a structured abstract image.

The most difficult question that may arise is whether man is a completely structured reality. The only possibility for the man not to be a structured completeness is to accept that through its mental field it has a contact, an access to unstructured informatter. For that reason one has to examine to what degree the social programmes loading man's central nervous system still leave free some unstructured potentiality. A programme (software) is in itself a structured reality. The nervous system is always structured. Introducing a programme to become physically resident in the nervous system will produce a restructuring of the system. Hence the programmes stored in the nervous system appear as restructurings of the system: the"software" implementation leads to "hardware" restructuring. From this point of view man appears as a system that can reorganize, restructure itself. And although the structures of the nervous system are discontinuous, we notice that in the social life man behaves as a macroscopical being possessing integrative activity and consciousness; we do not know to what degree his contact with the unstructured informaterial reality plays a certain role in its functioning, via the coming and going in and out of his own system. It is possible that in his contact with the informatter certain interactions take place that allow him to enter the "mass" of unstructured informatter.

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