The process of time binding has a structure and elements that make things, processes and information more ‘time-bindable’ i.e. more likely to be time bound and to remain as societal and informational processes that are transmitted across generations and through time.
The following are some of the elements that support time binding:
  • Human Value – the item/process/information that is time bound confers some value to the society and people who promulgate it. This value can take the form of –
    • Usefulness
    • Attractiveness
    • Entertainment
    • Novelty
    • Towards Value or Away From Value
    • Paces the extant values system and links to it or supports it
    • Etc.
  • Available – the item/process/information that is time bound needs to be available to ensuing generations. This means that the wider it is disseminated the more likely it will be to be time bound. Availability includes such properties as –
    • Searchable
    • Understandable
    • Accessible
    • Etc.
  • Social – an item/process/information is more likely to be time bound if it links to, facilitates or enhances social processes. This can involve –
    • Communicability
    • Social Facilitation
    • Increased Social Status
    • Etc.
  • Transmission Channels – items/processes/information can become time bound through various transmission channels, some of which make time binding more likely –
    • Direct human communication and education
    • Indirect via books, web pages and other media including entertainment
    • Indirect via instantiations of knowledge into systems, artifacts and infrastructure that then constrain and reinforce ongoing human behaviour e.g. road systems time bind patterns of travel and modes of behaviour
    • Different channels have more or less loss and distortion i.e. Time Binding Accuracy
    • Etc.
  • Self Replication – items/processes/information that have inherent in their meme-sets and belief structures the basis of self propagation and replication will be more effective and long lasting in their time binding e.g. the major religions of the world have a self-reinforcing and self-replicating meme structure such that they intrinsically encourage and reward dissemination of the religion and conversion of new adherents, etc.
  • Etc.