- See also basic process by Fred Bauder
A basic process is a pattern which is one of the elemental building blocks of reality such as evolution, development, learning and cultural change. Natural and industrial processes utilize basic processes such as sorting, amplification, and flow as do social and cultural processes.
"When [Srinija Srinivasan] joined [Yahoo], her business card read Ontological Yahoo, a term reflecting her philosophical approach to the job. “This is not a perfunctory file-keeping exercise. This is defining the nature of being,” she said. “Categories and classifications are the basis for each of our worldviews.”
Fundamental units of measurement such as time, distance, velocity, mass, and weight can be considered basic processes. Rigorous analysis might insist that one should include only fundamental units as opposed to derivitive units (which can be defined in terms of fundamental units.)
It is theorized that four fundamental forces are responsible for all interaction.
- adaption (to change)
- change which may require adaption
- convergence, see convergent evolution
- energy level (a specialized term used in physics)
- learning which results in expertise
- measurement, see fundamental unit
- oscillation or vibration, see harmonic oscillator, and wave
- pattern or structure
- procedure or pattern of activity; An algorithm is a systematic list of instructions for accomplishing some task, a method.
- quality control
- replication or reproduction. This appears to be the basis of nonlinearity (property as a basic element by John H. Holland in Hidden Order.
- orders of magnitude or Scale (ratio), which is to say size.
- style a technical term from archaeology
- Switching is controlling the rate or direction of flow. Generally a switch turns flow off or on while a valve regulates the rate of flow; however witches may offer variable resistance to flow while valves may completely block flow or be turned completely on.
- uncertainty or probability
- "Beholding Life’s Creative Recipe" opinion by Enrico Coen in The New York Times March 12, 2015
- "Manifesto for a Relational Sociology" article by Mustafa Emirbayer in American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 103, No. 2 (September 1997), pp. 281-317 The University of Chicago Press doi:10.1086/231209
- "When Yahoo Ruled the Valley: Stories of the Original ‘Surfers’ article by Vindu Goel in The New York Times October 16, 2016