work in progress
I propose here a theory of human function, which I have been developing based on introspection. In this theory, human function is represented in terms of exchange of information of four agents, which I call the spirit, the mind, the soul and the body. Although these are surely familiar terms, having a variety of scientific, pseudo-scientific, religious, philosophical and other usage, I do not assume any insight derived from such usage. The essence of each of these agents will be revealed through the roles that they play in human function. Matching of this essence with any of the existing definitions of these entities is unintentional and may well be coincidental.
The four agents are organizes in the following directed graph:
Postulate 1. Human function is marked by internal information processing within each of the four agents as well as exchange of information along the arrows of HFS.
Postulate 2. When a human being is engaged in a particular activity, information flows between the agents in consistent cyclic patterns. Change of activity may change these patterns.
Postulate 3. These cyclic patterns are made of three fundamental ones - the three cycles of HFS.
The cycles referred to in Postulate 3 are: