Ted Nelson. *Dream Machines*

Everything is deeply intertwingled.

Presentational sequences are arbitrary.

Birds –> Bees –> Flowers

Flowers –> Birds –> Bees

Flowers –> People –> Birds

Hierarchies are typically spurious.

Language | God |

Truth | Man |

Logic | Yale |

Boundaries of fields are arbitrary.

[image of a circle with Yin Yang curve and radial segments: two overlapping ways of organizing the space]

So Nelson asserts: “Compartmentalized and stratified teaching produces compartmentalized and stratified minds.” It does not follow. For example rote learning such as memorizing times tables leads to an ability to navigate the matrix at will i.e. disciplined learning is the bedrock of flexibility. See Grids, Lists, Clusters. The shapes of presentation are indeed fungible. From that insight one ought not to leap to the conclusion that shapes are prisons.

And so for day 1237

03.05.2010