The concept of layers ignores the embrace of complex systems. Slicing anything into layers yields useful information, but knowledge comes from visualizing all of the variables in play and imagining as accurately as possible the systemic relationships among those variables. There is no such thing as layers of detail or layers of a human being – beyond literal slicing and dicing. There are only 3 dimensional systems and our attempt to understand them by breaking them into manageable constructs that revolve around relationships and exchanges that involve close up and long range views.
We need to be able to view systems in a holistic way that retains their integrity and preserves understanding of the variables in play, the interplay of patterns within the variables that depict meaning, and the comprehensive mapping schema that replaces the idea of layers. Work on transforming “layers” into generative systemic models goes on here.