Resulting Work Sequence
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All work results from a downward sequence of governance control commands whose purpose is to initiate actions at the biomolecule level. The resulting bottom-level molecular actions are aggregated upward into successively higher-level units of work, as they transcend the living system hierarchy.


Summary
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This second of three parts shows how work, that results from a governance control sequence, starts at the biomolecule level and flows upward through the three-level living system hierarchy. All living system work begins as biomolecule actions that are aggregated level-by-level to produce successively higher-level units of work. For example, the work performed by an organism's organ is an aggregation of the work units performed by that organ's individual cells, which are aggregations of the work units performed by the biomolecules that make up those cells.
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Much of the content of this chart is based on the concept of aggregation and emergence. For more on these subjects, see also Theory of Aggregate Objects.
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Work, Scenarios, and Expected Results
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Work
The work aggregation sequence described below provides a snapshot of how work is performed concurrently at all levels of the three-level hierarchy. The bottom-to-top sequence provides a portrayal of how lower-level work is aggregated to become higher-level work. It is intended to provide a concise picture of how work responsibilities are integrated at each level. Because it is a snapshot, all levels of work can be thought of as taking place at the same time.
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Scenarios
The work-sequence snapshot can readily be translated into a more complex action-scenario view, by simply replacing the word "work" with "scenario" in the chart. Where the work view portrays what is happening at this instant, a scenario view implies a time dimension for carrying out a sequence of multiple work steps.
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Expected Results
The work-sequence snapshot can also be translated into an expected scenario-results view, by simply replacing the word "work" with "expected result" in the chart. In this expected results view, the scenario time dimension is implicit, but the focus is shifted to the intended end result. Here, an understanding of the time dimension becomes critical, because the end results that are achieved at different levels do not occur at the same time. For example, the completion of multiple lower-level work sequences are usually be required over time to accomplish a single higher-level work step.
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The Resulting Work Sequence Chart
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This chart portrays the sequence of work aggregation, from biomolecule to superorganism. It is intended to be read from bottom-to-top to show how each level of effort builds upward from the preceding levels. This upward work-flow sequence stops when it reaches the level of living system where the control command originated.
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The overall chart structure acknowledges that there is a hierarchy of work involved in the sequence. For example, when a person "does work," it implies that his organs are doing their organ-work, and that the organs' cells are doing their cell-work, etc.
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It is assumed that the homeostatic control command originates from the highest superorganism level, to show how work aggregates upward through the entire three-level living system structure. Other homeostatic corrections (not shown here) may be initiated by organisms or cells.
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The Fan-in Result Rows indicate where cooperative work efforts by lower-level entities produce a higher-level unit of work.
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In the Control Unit Column, the "emergence" row indicates that the aggregation of constrained lower-level work behavior produces a new higher-level aggregate work unit with its own higher-level properties.
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Three Versions of the Chart
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To help distinguish among Work, Scenario, and Expected Result, three versions of the chart are shown. The columns for Hierarchy Level and Control Unit are the same for all three versions. Differences appear in the third column, which shows how aggregation is accomplished from each of the three perspectives.





Chart 1: Work Sequence
This version of the chart provides a snapshot of how work is being carried out at a given point in time. It ignores the time dimension, to focus on the simultaneous actions that must be performed across the hierarchy when biomolecule work is becoming aggregated into superorganism work.
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Chart 1: Resulting Work Sequence
Hierarchy Level Control Unit Work Aggregation



Superorganism: emergence produce superorganism work
Superorganism: Administrator aggregate organization work
Superorganism: Implementor coordinate organization work
Fan-in Result: organization teamwork
Organization: emergence produce organization work
Organization: constrainer aggregate organism work
Organization: coordinator coordinate organism work
Fan-in Result: organism teamwork
Organism: emergence produce organism work
Organism: Administrator aggregate organ work
Organism: Implementor coordinate organ work
Fan-in Result: organ teamwork
Organ: emergence produce organ work
Organ: constrainer aggregate cell work
Organ: coordinator coordinate cell work
Fan-in Result: cell teamwork
Cell: emergence produce cell work
Cell: Administrator aggregate organelle work
Cell: Implementor coordinate organelle work
Fan-in Result: organelle teamwork
Organelle: emergence produce organelle work
Organelle: constrainer aggregate biomolecule work
Organelle: coordinator coordinate biomolecule work
Fan-in Result: molecular teamwork
Biomolecule: chemical trigger initiate biomolecule work



Chart 2: Scenario Sequence
This version of the chart focuses on the scenarios (sequences of work steps) that are being performed at each level of the hierarchy. It indicates that groups of lower-level scenario sequences of work steps are being aggregated into a single work step in a higher-level scenario sequence. It also brings to light the great differences between the shorter time-spans of lower-level scenarios and the much longer time-spans of higher-level scenarios.
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Chart 2: Scenario Sequence
Hierarchy Level Control Unit Scenario Aggregation



Superorganism: Administrator produce superorganism scenario
Superorganism: Implementor aggregate organization scenarios
Superorganism: Implementor coordinate organization scenarios
Fan-in Result: organization teamwork
Organization: emerger produce organization scenario
Organization: constrainer aggregate organism scenarios
Organization: coordinator coordinate organism scenarios
Fan-in Result: organism teamwork
Organism: Administrator produce organism scenario
Organism: Implementor aggregate organ scenarios
Organism: Implementor coordinate organ scenarios
Fan-in Result: organ teamwork
Organ: emerger produce organ scenario
Organ: constrainer aggregate cell work scenarios
Organ: coordinator coordinate cell scenarios
Fan-in Result: cell teamwork
Cell: Administrator produce cell scenario
Cell: Implementor aggregate organelle scenarios
Cell: Implementor coordinate organelle scenarios
Fan-in Result: organelle teamwork
Organelle: emerger produce organelle scenario
Organelle: constrainer aggregate biomolecule scenarios
Organelle: coordinator coordinate biomolecule scenarios
Fan-in Result: molecular teamwork
Biomolecule: chemical trigger initiate biomolecule scenario



Chart 3: Expected Results Sequence
This version of the chart portrays the expected results that are to be produced by the work scenarios being completed at each level of the hierarchy. It focuses on the control command issued by the originating high-level superorganism, to show what the final aggregated result is supposed to look like after completion of all the lower-level scenarios that are involved.
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Chart 3: Expected Results Sequence
Hierarchy Level Control Unit Results Aggregation



Superorganism: Administrator produce superorganism result
Superorganism: Implementor aggregate organization results
Superorganism: Implementor coordinate organization results
Fan-in Result: organization teamwork
Organization: emerger produce organization result
Organization: constrainer aggregate organism results
Organization: coordinator coordinate organism results
Fan-in Result: organism teamwork
Organism: Administrator produce organism result
Organism: Implementor aggregate organ results
Organism: Implementor coordinate organ results
Fan-in Result: organ teamwork
Organ: emerger produce organ result
Organ: constrainer aggregate cell results
Organ: coordinator coordinate cell results
Fan-in Result: cell teamwork
Cell: Administrator produce cell result
Cell: Implementor aggregate organelle results
Cell: Implementor coordinate organelle results
Fan-in Result: organelle teamwork
Organelle: emerger produce organelle result
Organelle: constrainer aggregate biomolecule results
Organelle: coordinator coordinate biomolecule results
Fan-in Result: molecular teamwork
Biomolecule: chemical trigger complete biomolecule result

Given the complexity of the sequence and its relatively long time-frame, many new events may have occurred at that may disrupt the expected results at various levels. To further complicate the process, the actual feedback loop from control command to final result can only be observed indirectly by the originating superorganism through the sensory awareness sequence. Because of these factors, sensory awareness may produce further homeostatic corrections at various levels.


Sensory Awareness Sequence shows how sensory information about results of the homeostatic corrective work is conveyed through this same hierarchy, starting with molecular change.


©1995-2012 Ackley Associates   Last revised: 7/20/11
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