Are people predisposed to unconsciously accept and consciously choose certain kinds of agreements? Do some people tend towards more vibrant or less vibrant experiences of the five primary relationships (to self, other, group, nature, spirit)? Are people conditioned by the group’s agreements or do individuals condition the group’s agreements? Do the agreements of a group live within the individual or are they distributed throughout the group?
While ecosynomics is at the early stage of exploring these questions, we might find hints for how to proceed from a parallel pattern in genetic research. An individual’s genetic code is the code that designs its biological form. This code determines how the biological form can respond to different environmental conditions, turning on and off different attributes. Where a genome is the genetic material of an entity, a metagenome is the genetic information of all the entities in a metasystem. This information is distributed throughout the community. Epigenesis is the process of how the environment an entity is in influences how the genetic code expresses itself, and then passes this new expression on to the next generation–nature and nurture.
Working with the concept of a “meme,” as a unit of culture that can be transmitted from one individual to another, we can look at the memetic code, the metamemetics, and the epimemetics of human agreements. The “memetic code” describes the human predisposition to levels of vibrancy experienced in human interactions. While people tend to be most comfortable within a specific range of vibrancy of agreements, as seen in the 3 circles of vibrancy, as Homo lumens people have access to all levels. For some people, some levels are easy to access and others require development: nonetheless, they are all there in one’s memetic code. “Metamemetics” then is the memetic information of all the members of a system that is distributed throughout the system, which we experience as the group’s agreements. “Epimemetics” is then the interplay of nature and nurture in human agreements, which studies the question of how individuals and groups influence the level of vibrancy experienced they can take up in their agreements.
New areas to explore in human agreements, part of the Global Initiative to Map Ecosynomic Deviance and Impact Resilience.