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March 17, 2000

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Mr. Henry van Eykan
Bootstrap Institute
6505 Kaiser Drive
Fremont, CA 94555

Subject:   Paradigm Shift Documents to Knowledge Space

Dear Henry,

Thanks for discussing online books, and enabling technologies, citing the excellent article from Fleabyte, in your letter to the Colloquium on March 15, 2000.

Another benefit of Doug's program on ABC, Augment and DKR is the shift from "documents" to a continuous information stream, as a new paradigm of knowledge, discussed on March 7, reviewing your letter commenting on the prospect that conventional books would be replaced by online books. For thousands of years information was limited by physical boundaries of objects, e.g., books, letters, memos, billboards. Now, however, a new reality is emerging that makes it possible to construct Knowledge Space with attendent advantages of dimensional space for organizing a continuous stream of information within coordinates of context,, reviewed on June 6, 1996. More recently on February 12, 2000 Eric Armstrong commented on advantages this might have for the DKR.

One big advantage is to assuage the problem, you mentioned, that people only remember on 5% - 10% from conventional reading materials, and so are forced to rely on the "gist" of information, reflecting growing concern about limited span of attention due to limited time. An example of how to improve memory is a review of Andy Grove's book, Only the Paranoid Survive, on March 7, 1998. A more recent example is review of your letters, and others, to the Colloquium on March 15, 2000. Knowledge Space makes this possible, together with advanced tools cited by Eric. As an educator, can the learning experience, of young and old alike, be enhanced by using a process of thinking through writing, supported by a DKR, as explained in POIMS. How does this align with Doug's reference to Bellinger's article explaining the meaning of knowledge, reported on March 7, 2000?

Clearly, Bootstrap and the DKR are on the right track.



Rod Welch