Continuum !!


  • To ensure Au gardeners generate a creative and inclusive DreamScape we use a 'continuum'.
  • Attainable Utopia occupies a particular position on the continuum 'Dystopia - Utopia'
  • Each continuum has two polar (bivariate) and positions that are dis-connected__Imagine it first


  • To understand the continuum you may need to consider what happens between the polar positions.
  • We usually think of cause and effect simply as related, but opposite entities.
  • However, imagine a particular example (e.g. the claim that "injustice causes violence")
  • Visualise what happens along the 'line' between 'cause' (injustice) and the 'effect' of (violence).
  • Arguably, each has degrees of 'cause' and degrees of 'effect'.Some events are concise
  • Some events might be reduceable to a single point on your continuumSome events imply a range of factors
  • Most events are a vast network of other events and micro-events__Some events become a trend


  • Positive feedback is present in virtually all situations where 'things' affect one another.
  • If this is strong enough, once an event takes place, accompanying factors encourage it to continue.Relative complexity
  • The relative result is a comparison between two or more situations (Relative and Absolute themselves form a continuum Absolute complexity
  • The example above is a simple linear Continuum, and is the easiest of four types to use.Imagine a non-linear continuum
  • As an exercise try to imagine a non-linear Continuum.
  • (Clue: think of the tetrahedron)These are examples of Continuum that might be considered.
  • Want - Need
  • Attachment - Detachment
  • Mechanistic - Ecological (Metaphor)
  • Order - Disorder
  • Meist - Altruism
  • Ethnocentric - Ethnoadaptive
  • Cause - Effect
  • Simple - Complex(this is the same continuum used in the complexity profiling at F4C and ComplexityProfile )Continuum notationThe notation for Continuum is:continuum: Order - DisorderBy convention the mechanical metaphor/simple is placed first.
Contributors to this page: JohnWood .
Page last modified on Wednesday 14 of June, 2006 09:03:52 BST by JohnWood.