Basic Universal Principles – Core Axioms

Being a work in progress, this list and organization of this list is bound to be updated as I write the articles supporting it. It is also bound to refer directly or indirectly to existing and well documented body of studies or school of thoughts. Hence, I do not claim them to be original per se (incidentally, not unlike what is described below ) .

Note that what follows immediately below, is necessarily more opaque than some would want (including me).  Fortunately, it will quickly be followed by articles that I expect the reader will find light hearted and easy to follow (in comparison).


  1. All things are existential and functional variations of everything else.  This is NOT a statement of connectedness. Rather it is a statement of similarity.
  2. All things exist as a change in state relative to something else.
  3. The degree and nature of change is a direct reflection of the influence of opposing forces.
  4. Changes are aimed at conserving/establishing/re-establishing some degree of equilibrium.

Corollary  Principles

  1. Since all things are and work in a similar fashion, isolating similarities is extremely useful and powerful.  Solutions in one area maybe portable to another area and understanding of one phenomenon help understand another whether such phenomena seem related or not.


On the true nature of things (See Iguanas are Us)

  1. All beings/systems act completely logically and predictably with respect to properly understood circumstances.
  2. Circumstances can be divided in 2 broad categories: a) internal/internalized constraints (i.e. true nature) b) external stress
  3. The relative strength/weight/importance of individual constraints characteristics will vary in function of stress (see Axioms 2, 3)
  4. The higher priority constraints (what is commonly referred to as true/essential nature) at any given time are put in evidence when the system is under higher stress situations.
  5. Desired outcome/behaviors can be induced by playing to those constraints under the right stress situation

On the true nature of our activities

  1. Societies, cultures, companies and individual act in similar ways (see axioms 1)
  2. All of what we do consists in either investing or protecting an investment
  3. Models used to manage financial investment strategies are suitable for understanding / predicting human behavior (see Corollary 1)

(To be Continued…. )

Note: This is article is part of the series “Basic Universal Principles” for more information click here.

3 thoughts on “Basic Universal Principles – Core Axioms

  1. I’ll have to give your axioms some thought; I’m not sure I agree with them (mainly in the use of “all”). It would be interesting to see the observations, analysis and synthesis that went into the creation of your axioms.

    I can say that your first proposition is denied by quantum physics. And chaos mathematics has taught us that even fully deterministic systems can be effectively unpredictable (the weather being a canonical example). The rest… a lot depends on your definitions; it will be interesting to see where you take this.

    • I understand your reluctance… but I think I can sidestep chaos mathematics on the basis of practicality. Even considering a notoriously unpredictable system like the weather, I would submit that there could be a disturbance sufficiently great to cause it to act in specific way. That in turn would make it predictable with respect to that disturbance.

      Again the aim is not to describe the essence of things but rather their practical behavioral characteristics (a bit like rounding PI to 3 when quickly approximating the area of a relatively small circle).

      Even the iguana in my story could have have had unpredictable behavior (he might be crazy). My statement is that sufficient stress will eliminate uncertainties and either produce the effect sought or reveal what might.

      Truth be told, one obvious piece missing is the acknowledgement of a Universe which contains said systems/beings and provides the random context where uncertainties arise (i.e. a boat and ocean).

      Anyhow, I am working on the rest of it… stay tuned.

      • The problem with complex dynamic systems is that you can never be quite sure what will happen, even with huge inputs. The problem is sometimes referred to as “The Law of Unintended Consequences.” Complex systems can really surprise you!

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