July 7, 2018

I was only young pre-teen when I came across the idea that definitions could be and…

I was only young pre-teen when I came across the idea that definitions could be and should be "operationalized". What impressed me more deeply than even the principle itself but that we could engage something as evanescent as knowledge and our activities with information.

If we proceed to inquire into social media and public information by operationalizing certain aspects we soon enough find that our comfortable assumptions have practically no basis in reality.
Do individuals read more than headlines? Encountering some "bumper-sticker slogan" or "fortune-cookie wisdom" do persons pivot to explore that idea? and follow it to an explication of the matter itself? Does material that is obviously "link bait" move people to be ever more discerning on what they graze? does browsing become ever more effective? ever more sophisticated? We could make a list of our most optimistic assessments in these regards and mark each plainly: FALSE. It is painfully evident that the cheap thrill of tribal loyalty swamps the very instinctive and very slight yearning for truthful information.

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July 7, 2018

Exhibitum / ProTension could have been deployed a decade ago, fully a dozen years…

Exhibitum / ProTension could have been deployed a decade ago, fully a dozen years before we found ourselves in the post-truth era that saw Trump elected.

2018 and billionaire Elon Musk dedicates himself to supporting citizens' ability to fact check. And ends up supporting a very credible system deployed by a very reputable institution. That the system was out of date the day it was created … is not noticed.
Innovation is intensely social. Musk has uber-traction. I am a man of no credentials. And that's how the world goes to hell.

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May 10, 2018

In my persona as Independent Solution Vender (ISV) I need to stay current with the…

In my persona as Independent Solution Vender (ISV) I need to stay current with the body of commentary on such as information flow and data security. As a technologist, it's my business to stay aware of developments, keeping an eye for the scale of breakthrough that would strongly recommend some new "version" of my workflow.
In neither of these am I scholar or academic, so it is //not// my business to draft learned commentaries on our world and its movements.

My point is this: very few people (almost none, really) are affected by the nature of internet transactions at a level that would make them well informed analysts. #GroupDynamics and #SocialPsychology are not common currency.
And yet practically everybody who uses the net or the web or apps has some sort of pedantic one-liner.

That severely affects my ability to communicate. The way that effect propagates is precisely what I'm attempting to comment on here.

I remember a few bits and pieces from my Grade XII economics class. "Marginal propensity to save and to spend" and such like.
The one that's stayed with me: the "Quality" of money is //inversely// related to its Quantity and Velocity.

Guess what, sports-fans … exactly the same is true of information in the lived domain of "social media".

So? so something I've worked to clarify has approximately the value of a single fortune cookies. Needless to say, one can get fortune cookies by the pound for around $3.

So I'm stuck.
Not only do people act as though they're entire naive when it comes to how our world is coming apart, but they blow off reality as though in the audience of some afternoon talk show. And that leaves me to do … what?

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December 12, 2017

Tomorrow will be 14th anniversary of what might be my first / singular / one and…

Tomorrow will be 14th anniversary of what might be my first / singular / one and only "EUREKA!" moment.
Proposition-based evidence for discourse-based decisions
The emphasis is on human reasoning rather than technocratic data analysis i.e. human meaning and values more than abstruse/arcane transcendental forensics.

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December 18, 2016

+Austin Cherry – Simple mindfulness allows us to notice ?what? something like sy…

+Austin Cherry – Simple mindfulness allows us to notice ?what? something like synchronicity.
"The Death of Expertise; The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters"

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-death-of-expertise-9780190469412
The sorta thing that comes to me now and again.
I'm samurai when it comes to judgment/condemnation. I don't cause suffering. Though I'd cause death as the situation requires.
Sanity is about simplicity … parsimonious … Occam's razor and all that … triage.

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December 7, 2016

How to combat stupidity and false news? Forensically

Precisely. Comprehensively. Thoroughly.#DeliberativePolitics #Exhibitum #Protension

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December 6, 2016

Why has my project taken so long? cuz ahh ain't schmart is why!

Why has my project taken so long? cuz ahh ain't schmart is why!
"Convergence" is tech talk for "reaching some agreement".
Major problem: folk (meaning you) are actually pessimistic to the point of cynicism when it comes to working through conflict by talking rather than fighting.

My "discourse-based decision support system" is so simple that nobody gets it. The method's effect is so obvious, nobody sees it.
I needed to find an intermediate step. Which I did. Working name "Ice Pick".

Given some disagreement on some issue any discussion almost immediately gets tangled in who's saying what about what.
So? Something we've never been able to do before the age of "cloud" and "big data": a comprehensive list of issues and arguments.
If //one party// can clearly identify precisely what they're arguing about (I really do mean "in detail") they can share that with the "other side" of the argument.
And here's where your pessimism kicks in. You'd like reply something along the lines of "So what / who cares?!"

Clarity of concept has nearly magical powers to act on our mind/brain functioning. Kinda like how sometimes we form a mental image of a notion or concept.

With the exact issue precisely in mind … "convergence" is right there, within reach. What stops it? either ignorance (about a precise something) or dishonesty (with very clear evidence).

#DeliberativePolitics 3DEC2016

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April 28, 2015

“Freedom vs control: For a democratic response”

"Submit lab ideas now for the World Forum for Democracy 2015."
What we're really talking about here is obligation and freedom, the tension.
It's that type of tension that gave me my company name: Protension. There's an energy in contention that can be very enabling. Sort of like how Bucky Fuller used the notion of tensegrity.

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April 18, 2015

Poorly formatted and poorly constituted argument: about validity of ideals and philosophical…

Poorly formatted and poorly constituted argument: about validity of ideals and philosophical principles and less about the choices to be made.

The various aspects of the issue that are existential become, in effect, proxy for aspects of ideology i.e. how to interpret reality. It's the latter that citizens need to grapple with.

There will never be a clearly obvious resolution of the question left VS right. But there's no good reason that this eternal tension should derail governance and ham-string the legislative process.

Arguments on the issues need to be more based on the facts, our best information, and less on then ideological principles and philosophical ideals that form our interpretations of those facts, the factors by which each individual forms his or her opinion.

Let's create a shared knowledge base; where we cannot form an ideological consensus let's at least agree on the facts of the case.

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November 13, 2014

I had a thought: apply the fanciest idea I ever read in a book; glasperlenspiel from…

I had a thought: apply the fanciest idea I ever read in a book; glasperlenspiel from Herman Hesse's "Glass Bead Game" (also known as "Magister Ludi" meaning game master. The "trick" is to hook those many many details and ideas together. A sort of network … something like a social graph … just the stuff we're good at!

In his book, Hesse is spot on the problem we're working on:
"Each country's Commission possesses its Archive of the Game, that is the register of all hitherto examined and accepted symbols and decipherments, whose number long ago by far exceeded the number of the ancient Chinese ideographs."

He really does nail it; think of how many different conversations can be had on the face of the planet!
"Theoretically this instrument is capable of reproducing in the Game the entire intellectual content of the universe. …On the other hand, within this fixed structure, or to abide by our image, within the complicated mechanism of this giant organ, a whole universe of possibilities and combinations is available to the individual player. For even two out of a thousand stringently played games to resemble each other more than superficially is hardly possible. Even if it should so happen that two players by chance were to choose precisely the same small assortment of themes for the content of their Game, those two Games could present an entirely different appearance and run an entirely different course, depending on the qualities of mind, character, mood, and virtuosity of the players."

What he ends up with … what we end up with … it's a way of handling all our knowledge.
"The Glass Bead Game is thus a mode of playing with the total contents and values of our culture; it plays with them as, say, in the great age of the arts a painter might have played with the colors on his palette. All the insights, noble thoughts, and works of art that the human race has produced in its creative eras, all that subsequent periods of scholarly study have reduced to concepts and converted into intellectual values — on all this immense body of intellectual values the Glass Bead Game player plays like the organist on an organ. And this organ has attained an almost unimaginable perfection; its manuals and pedals range over the entire intellectual cosmos; its stops are almost beyond number."

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