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Representing practical knowledge with ICKMOD — an example

When Néstor Sánchez, developer of Instrumind ThinkComposer (“TC”), made a succinct but important comment on this blog, I decided to represent his ideas and their connections with some thoughts expressed by John Bottoms and with my own thoughts — using … Continue reading

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Mapping madness

There is an abundance of tools for creating visual “maps” of “knowledge.” The sheer number of tools available for this purpose indicates a strong need for such applications. Categories of semantic mapping tools The site “Software for mindmapping and information … Continue reading

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Let’s get practical — Part 1

A cursory look at the problems, models, methods, tools, and examples discussed in this blog might have you thinking, “I don’t have the time, skills, or technology to do the things you are recommending. Doing those things on an enterprise … Continue reading

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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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