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Fundamental Elements of Communication

This inquiry starts by identifying the Levels in the Primary Hierarchy of Communication (PH5). These are found within the 5th level in the Root Hierarchy (RHL5).

The Role of Communication

Communication is Level-5 in the Root Hierarchy of Endeavour.

Communication is the psychosocial activity that naturally flows from developing a Purpose-RL6 together with a Willingness-RL7 to pursue that purpose. Without communicating, nothing would happen. Our endeavour would just hang in the air as a potential.

Turning any potential into an actuality occurs within a particular social situation and is wholly dependent upon reflecting and discussing i.e. communicative interaction with:

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Communication-RL5 is therefore the highest Level available for our direct control of any particular endeavour. It also follows that the most important reason for communication (from an evolutionary perspective) must be enabling purpose and value (RL6).

As shown in the THEE Path, there is nothing intrinsic to communication within the elemental Root Level that is not also within the Primary Hierarchy (and vice versa).

What if the Root Hierarchy is wrong? For this inquiry, we will ignore the Root Hierarchy and take its naming and ordering of Levels/entities for granted. However, even if that hierarchy is poorly modeled, it seems unlikely to affect our inquiries.  The opposite is far more likely: a detailed understanding of Communication-PH5 will enable us to amend or become more confident about its encompassing Framework.

The Starting Point

7 entities in levels of the Primary Hierarchy of Communication (PH5)

In this first section, it is vital to get clarity about the basic elements present in any communicative event. There are many more sections which explore Frameworks that clarify the richness intrinsic to communication and its place in our social life.

But to provide a basis for engaging with that complexity, it is essential to establish for the basic elements:

These elements are expected to form the component levels of Communication-PH5 as shown in the diagram (with nameless elements). We will start with the simple certainty that the most fundamental element on which everything else must be built is a stimulus (for a sender) and a perception of a stimulus (for a recipient). The stimulus is the means of communication and its effect is to «make contact».

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Guidance in the Inquiry

First get clarity about a communicative event.

Originally posted: 21-Feb-2011; Last updated 22-Jul-2011.

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