Bigsley the Oaf

Enabling Layered Creation

Posted in Uncategorized by bigsleytheoaf on December 16, 2009

In the creation of a language/system/structure
If you describe it through metaphor
This metaphor must be complete

Namely, the creation must occur in context
And it must gain form fully disjoint from that context
As a child is bodily disjoint from its mother
More concretely:

Suppose I am to write a meta-language on top of a language. Examples:

C is meta-ASM
Ruby is meta-C
Mathematics is meta-Natural Language
More largely, Jargons are meta-Natural Language
Subculture is meta-Culture

Each of these meta-structures has an organization of Believers. These Believers contribute to the strength of the meta-structure.

What I am saying is this: if the meta-structure is not disjoint from its underlying structure then the Believers will not be able to devote themselves completely to the goal of the structure. Just as one could not devote one’s energy to a baby not disjoint from its mother without also implicitly devoting that energy to the mother.

SO! If you’re going to start something, anything, make sure that it is conceptually disjoint from everything else. It must have its own language, metaphors, world.

To make something be, make it BE.


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