Functional Classification in an Integrative Matrix of Human Preoccupations

Figure 6. A presentation of inter-relationships of different levels of inquiry and modes of experience

(Adapted from tables of Erich Jantsch, Design for Evolution)

    Rational level of perception/inquiry Mythological level of perception/inquiry Evolutionary level of perception/inquiry
Spiritual space

Policies Iconological determination Imagination, creativity Objective will, love
Design concepts Regulation, centering Learning, hope Paradigms (religion, ideologies) 
Norms Regularities Values Purpose, faith
Social space

Policies Social control, governmental Participation, subjective will Union, sharing
Design concepts Behaviour, system forces Role-playing expectations Normative ethics
Norms Behaviour patterns Individual ethics Ethics of whole systems
Physical space

Policies Physical control Environmental quality Continuity of life
Design concepts Predictability Interaction, possession Harmony, aesthetics
Norms Measure Quality, wholeness Oneness
    Right-brain Integrated Left-brain Right-brain Integrated Left-brain Right-brain Integrated Left-brain
 Basic experience ("What we...")
 Are Creative (Being) Self (Becoming) Ego (Doing) Drifting Cybernetic actor Homo Faber Empty channel Evolutionary agent Rebel (Prometheus)
 Feel Instinct (Grounded-ness) Continuation (Beauty) Intellect (Mobility) Compassion Communication (Morality) Rectitude Eros Communion (Truth) Logos
 Perceive Contents Change Form (Measure) Gestalt (Quality) Process Structure Attraction Order of process (Evolution) System
 Know Viability Efficiency (Know-how) Utility Dynamic forces Goals (Know what) Connections Flow, change of regime Purpose (Know where-to) Defined regime
 Want Basic drives (Needs) Possession (Static security) Achievement of targets Non-attachment Expectations Demands Self-abandonment Hope (Dynamic security) Clarity
 Conceive Conservation Force (Replacement) Progress Adaptation Roles Investment Finding Syntony (Tuning-in) Invention
 Can do Instinctual response Behaviour (Learned response) Leverage (Technology) Receptivity Action Creativity Inactivism (Man of Tao) Regulation (Control of powers) Activism (Don Quixote)