Monthly Archives: March 2016

We need the computer as an intermediary for taming complexity

If complexity is going to be tamed, we need a computer as an intermediary for that process. — John Bottoms, FirstStar Systems,  email of 21-Dec-2015 The hard part, of course, is just how we will do that. It’s not as … Continue reading

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Why can’t we see that we have a problem?

Recently, friend and neighbor Joe Russo sent me a pointer to a YouTube video clip about the exponential progression of information technology. At one point, the 2008 video notes, “There are 31 billion searches on Google every month.” And then … Continue reading

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The basics: How do people convert communications into meaning?

A useful model for representing practical human knowledge must enable and directly support what actually happens as we interpret the meaning of human communications, whether they be oral discussions or written interactions. What seems to happen is … We focus … Continue reading

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That compulsion to draw circles and arrows

We resort to “circles-and-arrows” representations of important ideas precisely because: Language and memory fail us … frequently and pervasively. Even within a group of like-minded people, understandings of basic facts differ. Deconstructing complex understandings into visual objects and relationships allows … Continue reading

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