Interesting ponderings, Clau and bette, all along the lines of my own thinking. I think the idea that "objectivity" is created by a shared subjectivity is a good way of putting it. The shared subjectivity though, must be engineered by the system in some way - the tighter constrainment of the PMRs, however that might be achieved, vs. the less constrained VRs of NPMR. What sort of "device" that might be, is what intrigues me. It must be written into the rule-set, for sure. Which begs another question, or pondering - do VRs in NPMR also have rule-sets, however loosely configured they may be compared to PMRs? Your point about the data streams being "custom", bette, chimes too. Something along the lines of a template or skeleton, upon which IUOCs construct their own view, and again much more loosely presented in NPMR than in PMR. Tom writes in MBT of IUOCs being constrained to a rule-set in PMR, but could it also be that the data stream is more comprehensive, less open to interpretation, as much as the IUOC's constrainment to it? Or am I off the wall here?
MBT also implies that any of us here may also have "jobs" simultaneously in NPMR, i.e. we may, some of us, ourselves, be playing a part in this vast engineering scheme. We know that Tom certainly does. Perhaps (or not) in this connection, I had a dream just before waking a few days ago (after sleeping in late), which at the time of having it, seemed to be significant enough for me to be aware that I should try to remember it when I awoke, which I did. The scene was of a lounge-type room, with side doors. I was having a conversation with my late father (passed away 21 years ago), though he was out of sight behind one of the side doors, and never came into view (this seemed a classic metaphor for this type of dream). The conversation was very matter-of-fact, not as you might expect a loving reunion type of meeting (though I have had those sort of dreams with him in earlier years after he passed over). I was asking him specific questions, and getting specific answers. The whole gist of the talk was that he was working on something, and I apparently was working in the same general organisation, or area, as he was. Annoyingly, I can't recall any but the last of my questions, and his answers to them. In the last question, I asked him exactly where he was working, and he replied rather grumpily, and reluctantly, along the lines of, "Oh, alright, if you insist, I'll tell you - I'm in 'Exposed Management Division'", or at least that what I think he said. I have no idea what (or if) this might be a metaphor for, (apart from perhaps a slightly rude one!), but it set me wondering, at the very least.
You're surely right bette about each of us experiencing a slightly different 'take' on reality, and as Clau says, that's normal and all to plan for our evolution. Good anecdote about the tribesmen!
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."