Summary of Changeology and the General Theory of Change

Definition of Changeology

Changeology is the study of change. Changeology treats changing as generic to existence and not specific to humans.

Changeology is to change as psychology is to behaviour or embryology is to embryos or epistemology is to knowledge or suicidology is to suicide or agnotology(a recently coined word) is to ignorance or chaology is to chaotic systems or cereology is to crop circles (seriously - check it out) or mereology is to parts and wholes. It is regrettable that this word was misused in 2012 by two different authors. Both tied changeology to a narrow, anthropocentric interpretation.

General Theory of Change

Changes are the phenomena through which existence unfolds. To human beings, changes are how we experience living.

Definition of Changes




A change is the act, or sum of acts, of making a thing or things different (noun – act)
A change is the difference between the way a thing was and is
(noun – difference)

Change is making a thing different



What things become different? Things that change includes all changeable tangible, animate and inanimate, objects from atoms to planets and all the space between them and everything that occupies that space, and all intangible objects from thoughts to emotions, community to culture. Intangible objects depend on tangible objects. For instance, memories are formed by electrochemical processes involving cells, molecules, and finally, atoms.


When a thing is the subject of a change, it is called a changee.


Not everything is changeable. Changelessness is possible. When a thing becomes perfect it is no longer changeable. Intangible objects, such as the Law of Addition, are perfect. Only intangible objects, specifically abstract objects, can achieve perfection.



Each change is evidence that time is advancing because changes occur between 2 points in time. The interval can be any length. During the change a changee and any co-changees are made different incrementally.


Urge to Change [taxonomy: Class (noun-act)]

Changes are connected. This means one or more changes actuate one or more changes and so on. The connections are not linear. A more accurate view portrays changing as being exponential. There might be a one-to-one relationship between 2 changes, but life is more like many-to-many relationships. The first change, the Alpha Change, occurred the moment Time started. Everything everywhere has continued to change in some way ever since and the impetus for each change can be found in past changes. There are 2 sources of impetus for changes. The Class of changing indicates the source of impetus for changes. The 2 Classes of changing are:


natural The Laws of Nature dictate the flow of some changes. Those changes begin, occur, and end without human intervention. We have no control over Natural changes. We can interfere with Natural changes, but we can't control them. They begin and end automatically. Nature is a self-sustaining, closed-loop system. What should happen, happens when it should time after time. We are subject to the Natural changes. Examples of such changes include the autonomic system and gravity.


artificial The wants and needs of human beings inspire and guide some changes. We are responsible for Artificial changes. These changes depend on Natural laws because animate things are subject to Natural laws.


Sum of Changes

Some changes (noun-difference) are the sum of changes (noun-act) meaning they occur because of the cumulative changes (noun-difference) of many other changes (noun-act). For example, a single change (noun-act) can't build a bridge, but many changes (noun-act) all guided toward the goal of building a bridge can – the change (noun-difference) is that once there was no bridge and now there is and that change is the sum of other changes. Reality is the sum of all changes. A life is the sum of changes in which a person has been the changee or the co-changee.


Another example is moving a finger. Moving a finger appears to be a single, simple act, but it is also only possible because of the sum of changes, i.e. it is possible only because of many other changes. Moving a finger involves, at least, thoughts, eyes, the nervous system, and muscles. We see only the tangible change in the position of the, tangible, finger, but many other unseen tangible and intangible changes were needed such as the brain forming the intention to move, the brain sending signals to muscles to flex, the signals travelling up and down the nervous system, the muscles actually flexing, and the eyes being a part of monitoring and coordinating the change.

Changing [taxonomy: Category (noun-act)]

Changing is making a changee different. Something deliberately and methodically alters the changee(s). There are 3 generic ways to make changees. Each way is a Category of changing. Categories also identify what the generic changes are. They are:


make different by:

the difference/change is:


a changee did not exist and now it does


a changee existed one way and now it does another way


a changee did exist and now it does not


Categories do not identify the specific actions that make the changees different. Each change involves an action and one or more things to facilitate the action. These are called the Changer and the Facilitator. The Class of the change specifies the choice of Changer and Facilitator.


changer This is the action that makes the changee different. Changers are always verbs. For instance, in an Artificial change like baking a cake you aren't the Changer, baking is the changer. You don't affect the molecules in the batter, baking does. You could die and the baking would continue. Natural changes need a Changer. In some cases the Changer is invoked by instinct, such as spinning a web, and in other cases the Changer is invoked by Laws of Physics, such as raining.


facilitator This is the thing that enables the changer. Facilitators are always nouns. For instance, for an Artificial change like baking a cake, you, the baker, are the facilitator. A change might require more than 1 facilitator. Nature is the Facilitator of Natural changes. This includes animate and inanimate objects such as insects and moisture.



Changes aren't random. Changes occur for a reason on specific changees at a specific point in time. We might not know why a specific change occurred, but it happened for a reason that was influenced by past changes. There are a minimum of 5 specs needed for a change to begin. They are:


1.                 what is intended to be made different – changee(s)

2.                 how different it is intended to be made – specified change (also used as the condition for a change to end and the conditions for subsequent changes to begin)

3.                 how it is intended to be made different – changer

4.                 what will aid the changer – facilitator(s)

5.                 what conditions will trigger the change (see also Spec 2)


There is nothing magical about past changes specifying present and future changes. Specifications for Natural and Artificial changes are governed by "laws." The existence of Natural Laws is a well-known concept. Artificial laws don't exist in the same fashion. They govern how we behave, such as Human Nature, so they are more like social conventions than physical processes.


Natural Laws are inherent in Nature and therefore the reasons for Natural changes are inherent in Nature. Natural changes, such as the seasons, start, flourish, and stop without any artificial intervention. We understand only some of the mechanics of this flawless system, but we are all confident in Nature – it works and works well. Since the Alpha Change, Nature has continually and automatically actuated changes thus creating specifications and conditions for subsequent changes.


Artificial "laws" are embedded in social conventions such as legal systems, etiquette, culture, rules, and plans such as plans for a holiday. Humans need or want something to happen and take steps to make it happen. In other words the reasons for Artificial changes are to fulfill some need or want (it is also true that unintended consequences are reasons for subsequent changes). "Making it happen" is guided by laws, Human Nature, protocols, and Nature, or by force or deception. Nature is a guide because human activity is limited by Natural Laws. For instance, for as much as we would like to fly like a bird the laws of aerodynamics and gravity keep us on the ground. Since the changes were started by a person who understands the "laws," he or she anticipates the desired, if not probable, changes and therefore knows, or recognizes when a change has ended. He or she interprets the change and responds accordingly with more changes.


Generalized Model of Changing

A generalized model of changing describes the fundamental process of changing. This is a model, not a prescription. It is not intended to describe how to achieve a particular goal such as overcoming a sudden loss as described in what is commonly referred to as the "stages of grieving". This model is the foundation upon which such regimens are based.


Changing either follows Natural laws or is guided by artificial needs and wants. Either way, the specifications for future changes are found in past changes. As soon as past changes produce the right conditions, changing begins which means changers, aided by one or more facilitators begin making changees different. Changees gradually become different and each incremental difference could be the condition for other changes so they could begin before the present ones end. During each change other changees might be made different in unspecified, yet perhaps predictable, ways, or even the changee might be made different in unspecified ways. Changing ends when any or all of the following 3 conditions are met:


  the changee becomes as different as was specified

  the changee no longer exists

  the changer is impeded by other changes




Characteristics of Changing

Corresponding Principles for Human Changing


Change will.
Whatever is changeable exists to become different.


Be calm.
Condition yourself to be less surprised by changes and more able to handle them quickly.


Change becomes more potent.

Over time, changes increase in both pace and magnitude.


Harvest knowledge.
Gain and hone abilities to enable and sustain helpful changes and to stop harmful changes or be able to mend the harm caused by them.


Change occurs concurrently.

Whatever is changeable will become different in some way at the same time as whatever else is changeable does.


Correlate everything.
Endeavour to be current and understand the connections between everything.


Change continues until nothing remains.

Whatever is changeable will become different from the moment it exists until it no longer exists or until it reaches perfection.


Make choices.

Discern helpful changes from harmful changes.

Another idea of Kevin Stumpf   •   1 Cor 15:58   •   Page created on 2013Oct19 Last updated on 2019Mar01