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DIARY: November 8, 1999 07:19 PM Monday;
Ross sent letter on helping Hutch with writing.
2...Voice Recognition May support SDS with IBM's Wearable PC
3...Hutch's Paper on Prometheus Develops Connection to Religion
4...Mythology Defines Human Character
5...Prometheus Wisest Titan, He Could Fortell the Future
6...Pandora's Box KM Dilemma of Complexity or Summary
7...Knowledge Management Dilemma - Complexity or Summary? Pandora's Box
8...Dilemma of the Ages - Truth or Consequences - Aristotle v. Prometheus
9...The Gods Eternally Fear Enlightenment and Banish the Light Givers
.............."...knew or reasonably should have known!"
.......................Dilemma of the Ages
...........T.r u t h o r C o n s e q u n e c e s
10...Alphabet Unlocked Power of the Mind Long Before Cognitive Science
11...Past is Prologue, Analysis Powerful Engine of Civilization
12...History of Writing from "Writing of History" - Power of Analysis
................Thucydides and the Writing of History
........American Cultural History of Education
........The Beginning of the Public Education System
........History of Education in California
13...Literacy Improved Orality and Poetry for Communication and Memory
.....Meetings Ignore the Record and Analysis Unproductive Waste Time
.....Entertain Speech Exaggerates to Hold Attention, Avoid Analysis
.....Speech Entertains, Exaggerates, Instructs, Analysis Avoided
.....People Can Align Communication for About 1 Minute
.....Promise of POIMS Reflects Poetry Role of Memory Aid
.....Meaning Drift in Oral Communication Solved by Poetry
.....Oral Communication Exaggerates to Entertain and Aid Memory
.....Poetry was an early technology to store and accurately remember
14...History foretells the Future Through Analysis of Trends, Patterns
15...Alphabet Technology Improved Human Methods of Thought and Memory
16...Alphabet Explosive Technology Revolutionized Culture and Civilization
17...Civilization Exploded with Stable "Operating System" Using the Alphabet
18...Intelligence Advances Alphabet Technology from Information to Knowledge
19...2000 Years Stable Foundation Builds Civilization
20...Superhuman People Enabled by Alphabet Creativity Advanced by SDS
.....Public Utility Alphabet Helps Everyone Owned by No One
.....SDS Strengthens Creativity by Advancing Alphabet Technology
.....Homer was actually a conglomerate of different people whose
21...Opposing Argument Against Alphabetic Mind
22...Technology that Overwhelms Analysis Deprograms Alphabetic Mind
23...Paradigm Shift from Orality to Literacy Continues
......Com Metrics Shifts Paradigm from Information to Intelligence
24...Children Learn Literacy, Adults Practice Oral Communication
25...Intelligence Powerful Technology for Classroom and Office of Today
26...Pressures to Expedite Using Conversation Errode Reliance on Literacy
27...New Tools and Roles (Scribe) Needed for Knowledge Revolution
28...Research Spawns Further Inquiry to Move Civilization Forward
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Writing Most Powerful Technology; History of Alphabet,
Scribe Applies Tools for Advance on Alphabet Technology
1 Minute Align Understanding from Conversation
Plato Advocates Literacy over Oral Communication
Communication Biggest Risk of Mistakes
Literacy Declines in Work Place
Verbal Skills Avoid Accountability, Gain Credit, Training
Voice Recognition to be Marketed by IBM Enabling Technology for SDS
Prometheus Introduced Alphabet Legend Delivered Fire from Gods, Was B
3911 - ..
3912 - Summary/Objective
391301 - Follow up ref SDS B3 0000, ref SDS A6 0000.
391303 - Ross is helping Hutch with writing. Hutch submitted a paper on
391304 - Prometheus, and developed religious implications. ref SDS 0 4355
391305 - Hutch's example spawned further research on the Greek classics that
391306 - yielded the history of writing. ref SDS 0 7048 The alphabet is a core
391307 - competency that supports analysis of inherent organization and
391308 - sequence, which underlay all educational disciplines and drive the
391309 - advance of civilization. Literacy solves subtle weaknesses of oral
391310 - communication and thought. ref SDS 0 5628 Technology made possible by
391311 - literacy is causing information overload that, in combination with
391312 - cultural forces, causes daily work to suppress literacy and rely more
391313 - prominently on the weaker practice of orality. Communication Metrics
391314 - offers a solution by enhancing use of alphabet so that it supports
391315 - "intelligence" rather than mere analysis. ref SDS 0 7380
391317 - ..
391318 - Sent requests for support on improving alphabet. ref SDS 0 6995
391320 - [On 991117 sent follow up to Ross. ref SDS B6 0001
391322 - [On 991116 received letter from John Hilton. ref SDS B5 0001
391324 - [On 991129 sent letter to Arion on improving literacy. ref SDS C0
391325 - 3283]
391327 - ..
391328 - [On 991204 national initiative launched to reduce medical mistakes.
391329 - ref SDS C2 0889
3916 - ëXN0Q Progress
391701 - Received ref DRT 1 0001 from Ross responding to ref DIP 8 0001 sent
391702 - yesterday. ref SDS B3 0812
391704 - He saw the 49er game on television, and said the down pour of rain is
391705 - now headed his way in New York. ref DRT 1 0001
391707 - Ross does not mention that the only thing worse than the quagmire
391708 - on the 49ers field, was the play, or lack thereof, by the 49ers.
391711 - ..
391712 - Ross reviewed the record in 1994 and 1995 on hiking up Half Dome,
391713 - ref DRT 1 5933, which is cited in my letter. ref DIP 8 2494, as noted
391714 - at ref SDS B3 5607
391717 - ..
391718 - He does not mention how "new Math" mention in my letter, ref SDS B3
391719 - 5994, might relate to Hutch's good grades in math.
391722 - ..
391723 - Voice Recognition May support SDS with IBM's Wearable PC
391725 - Ross mentions IBM may announce a move into the wearable PC market, and
391726 - suggests the voice recognition capability might support SDS.
391727 - ref DRT 1 4622 On 920402 Ross cited voice recognition, ref SDS 13
391728 - 4W5M to help meet requirements at IBM for style and image of
391729 - management. ref SDS 13 0344
391731 - ..
391732 - This could be part of "audio mining" technology reviewed on 990404.
391733 - ref SDS 83 3060
391735 - [On 000329 sent follow up letter to Ross. ref SDS D7 0001
391737 - [On 010510 Steve Balmer at Microsoft says speech recognition has a
391738 - lot of errors that require correction. ref SDS E8 GB8I
391740 - ..
391741 - [On 010619 ask about speech recognition support for "Cognitive
391742 - Radio" being developed conceptually by John Deneen. ref SDS E9 0H5O
391744 - ..
391745 - [On 030807 Jerry Nord at CSG investigating marketing SDS with PDAs
391746 - that support handwriting and voice data entry. ref SDS G1 OI5J
391748 - ..
391749 - [On 040221 CALO project at SRI planning to develop AI solution that
391750 - reasons, learns from experience. ref SDS G3 HV46
391752 - ..
391753 - On 980214 IBM's initiative into "business intelligence" could have
391754 - supported SDS. ref SDS 54 0001 Earlier, Ross facilitated a meeting on
391755 - 941114 where IBM found that SDS improves management in unique and
391756 - powerful ways. ref SDS 24 5380 On 950607 IBM spent $4B to buy Lotus
391757 - Notes, which reduces management productivity. ref SDS 32 6006
391759 - 1. SDS adds "intelligence," to management, significantly extending
391760 - the power of the alphabet, discussed below. ref SDS 0 3339 and
391761 - ref SDS 0 4788
391763 - ..
391764 - 2. The Internet offers a powerful avenue to distribute intelligence
391765 - generated by SDS, analogous to the system of roads that make
391766 - automobiles a successful business.
391767 - ..
391768 - People can directly observe and experience this benefit.
391769 - Many comment favorably, e.g., on 981104. ref DRP 5 4550 Dave
391770 - Vannier at Intel on 990907. ref SDS 93 0149 Others get lost
391771 - in what amounts to the subconscious connections of the mind,
391772 - e.g., on 990211. ref SDS 75 3780
391774 - ..
391775 - 3. Gas stations are another enabling technology for the automobile,
391776 - explained by Christensen reviewed on 990527 as essential
391777 - ingredients to achieve marketing breakthroughs for disruptive
391778 - technologies, like SDS. ref SDS 86 1221
391780 - ..
391781 - 4. A wearable PC could be promoted as the "gas station" for SDS where
391782 - the CEO pulls into the meeting and says,
391785 - "Filler up with high octane information."
391788 - ..
391789 - That would make a great ad, showing the CEO spreading intelligence
391790 - throughout the Internet after the meeting.
391792 - ..
391793 - The Gas Station analogy, however, is not as strong as the Internet
391794 - analogy. The wearable PC only captures information, which then
391795 - must be converted into useful "intelligence," with SDS tools. This
391796 - idea was reviewed most recently on 990225. ref SDS 78 4758
391798 - ..
391799 - Still it's a thought.
391802 - ..
391803 - Hutch's Paper on Prometheus Develops Connection to Religion
391805 - Ross advises that Hutch submitted a paper on the legend of Prometheus,
391806 - which draws religious meaning from the ancient fable. ref OF 9 0001
391808 - ..
391809 - This is ambitious work for the ninth grade. Ross reviewed the paper
391810 - with Hutch. He supports proactive help for young people to develop
391811 - critical thinking in the formative years, ref DRT 1 3955, per my
391812 - letter, ref DIP 8 4822, and ref DIP 8 2916, submitted yesterday.
391813 - ref SDS B3 0812
391815 - ..
391816 - Cultural pressures from media and the work place that urge reliance on
391817 - speaking skills, reviewed below, ref SDS 0 1092, indicate that early
391818 - intervention to learn and apply skills for written analysis can yield
391819 - advantages throughout a career in avoiding the weaknesses of verbal
391820 - communication, also cited below, as reported in Fortune on why CEOs
391821 - succeed and fail. ref SDS 0 7055
391823 - ..
391824 - Hutch's research spawned inquiry on interpreting the meaning of Greek
391825 - myths, per below. ref SDS 0 6995
391827 - [On 061015 Hutch's paper inspires modern theory advancing
391828 - civilization by "moving the chains." ref SDS H2 4K3R
391830 - ..
391831 - The Perseus project has quite a bit about ancient Greece...
391834 - http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/
391837 - ...which has a link to Prometheus at...
391839 - http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/encyclopedia?entry=Prometheus
391841 - ..
391842 - Looking up Prometheus produced a lot of companies selling different
391843 - things.
391845 - ..
391846 - Finally, found an explanation for the legend of Prometheus, which
391847 - seems possibly truncated, but provides overall concept. ref OF 9 0001
391850 - ..
391851 - Mythology Defines Human Character
391852 - Prometheus Wisest Titan, He Could Fortell the Future
391854 - Another site explains Gods, Heroes, etc., ref OF 10 0001, and has a
391855 - short explanation of Prometheus....it means "forethought," because he
391856 - could foretell the future. ref OF 10 2214
391858 - ..
391859 - Bulfinch's Mythology, ref OF 11 0001
391862 - ..
391863 - http://www.webcom.com/shownet/medea/bulfinch/welcome.html
391866 - ...has a longer explanation of Prometheus. ref OF 11 0788
391868 - ..
391869 - Bulfinch has extensive review on origins of Greek mythology,
391870 - ref OF 12 0001, see original source...
391873 - http://www.webcom.com/shownet/medea/bulfinch/bull35.html
391876 - ..
391877 - [On 991124 research indicates origins of mythology are in human
391878 - curiosity derived from the need to seek out resources to sustain
391879 - life. ref SDS B8 9077]
391881 - ..
391882 - There is a website for images of Greek mythology...
391885 - http://www.pantheon.org/mythica/gallery/greek/
391887 - ...thumbnails are at...
391889 - http://www.pantheon.org/mythica/gallery/thumbnails/greek/
391891 - ..
391892 - Shakespear is linked in Bulfinch, as well...
391895 - http://daphne.palomar.edu/shakespeare/life.htm
391898 - ..
391899 - Prometheus in modern times symbolizes science and technology that
391900 - augment natural talent, which suggests reference to the alphabet as
391901 - the first technology that advanced human cognition beyond orality,
391902 - noted below. ref SDS 0 5628
391904 - ..
391905 - Pandora is associated with Prometheus in one account, ref OF 9 0588.
391907 - ..
391908 - Others say it was his brother, Epithemeus, who married the alluring
391909 - Pandora, as a gift from Jupitor, and ignoring his brother's warning
391910 - against accepting gifts from the gods. Today, humanity still suffers
391911 - the folly of Epithemeus, evident by the furtive appeal of email,
391912 - ref DIP 4 1045, and the siren song of the cell phone. We are informed
391913 - that after opening the jar and loosening the scourge of plague upon
391914 - the earth, to this day, only "hope" remains in Pandora's box.
391915 - ref OF 11 1620 Thus, the gods turned a jar into a box.
391917 - [below Pandora illustrates knowledge management dilemma.
391918 - ref SDS 0 0795]
391920 - ..
391921 - To get the full story, we have to investigate different sources.
391923 - ..
391924 - Hercules is alleged to have finally save Prometheus. ref OF 10 2214
391926 - http://www.pantheon.org/mythica/articles/h/heracles.html
Pandora's Box KM Dilemma of Complexity or Summary Knowledge or Ignora
Legend of Prometheus Light of Knowledge Feared More than Darkness of
Truth or Consequences Dilemma Knowledge Responsibility Pandora's Box
Knowledge Responsibility Pandora's Box Dilemma of Knowing to Avoid Mi
Accountability Fear Light of Knowledge More than Darkness of Ignoranc
Dilemma Complexity or Summary Knowledge or Ignorance Perspective or F
Fear Accountability Writing Talking Gives Deniability Get Credit
Complexity Information Overload Caused by IT Converted into Useful Kn
531101 - ..
531102 - Pandora's Box KM Dilemma of Complexity or Summary
531103 - Knowledge Management Dilemma - Complexity or Summary? Pandora's Box
531104 - Dilemma of the Ages - Truth or Consequences - Aristotle v. Prometheus
531105 - The Gods Eternally Fear Enlightenment and Banish the Light Givers
531107 - Prometheus' assignment to create humanity reflects aspects of the
531108 - Judeo-Christian tradition. ref OF 9 0001 Disregard of authority in
531109 - giving the light of "knowledge" (fire) to humanity, ref OF 9 5840,
531110 - which likely relates through parable the tension of the day between
531111 - reliance on natural skill for oratory and using alphabet technology
531112 - that augments innate ability to reason and communicate, see below,
531113 - ref SDS 0 4960, seems similar to the Garden of Eden story about Eve
531114 - biting into the apple and experiencing the power of knowledge, against
531115 - God's wishes.
531117 - ..
531118 - Opening Pandora's Box against advice of the gods, per above,
531119 - ref SDS 0 2756, presents a dilemma of choosing to possess the power of
531120 - knowledge, essential for survival and a bountiful life, but, also,
531121 - bears the burden of responsibility for "knowing," that brings
531122 - accountability from legal phrases like "...so and so knew or
531123 - reasonably should have known, see POIMS, ref OF 1 8774, similar to
531124 - creating an Information Highway, explained on 960312. ref SDS 40 4571
531126 - ..
531127 - Prometheus accepting personal suffering (i.e., self-sacrifice),
531128 - ref OF 9 0588, in order to bring enlightenment, ref OF 11 4077, is
531129 - another theme in Christianity.
531131 - [On 000106 reviewed knowledge management dilemma. ref SDS C8 5120
531133 - ..
531134 - [On 000120 Colloquium at Stanford considers expanding knowledge
531135 - capabilities. ref SDS C9 2345
531137 - ..
531138 - [On 000125 Colloquium expects expanding knowledge will boggle the
531139 - mind. ref SDS D0 3975
531141 - ..
531142 - [On 000221 Colloquium considers challenge of organizing knowledge
531143 - is a big dilemma for management. ref SDS D3 1254
531145 - ..
531146 - [On 000307 Colloquium assess risk expanding knowledge
531147 - capabilities. ref SDS D5 4928
531149 - ..
531150 - If Prometheus could foretell the future, ref OF 10 2214, then he knew
531151 - the punishment he would incur, ref OF 9 0588, by giving the light of
531152 - knowledge to humanity. This form of self-sacrafice for others mirrors
531153 - the Christian tradition of Jesus suffering on the cross to save people
531154 - from sin, i.e., from ourselves. In one account Prometheus is the
531155 - symbol of magnanimous endurance of unmerited suffering, and strength
531156 - of will, symbolizing the effort to endure anger and opprobrium for
531157 - advancing civilization. ref OF 11 VK3O
531159 - ..
531160 - [On 040302 trying to avoid punishment dished out to Prometheus
531161 - for giving out the wrong address for the power of knowledge in
531162 - agreement with aerospace company to evaluate SDS for performing
531163 - Com Metrics. ref SDS G5 DV5X
531165 - ..
531166 - The role of religion to "bind back" lessons of the ages is crucial.
531167 - Only the power of faith can resist "turning out the lights" when worry
531168 - about accountability makes the light of knowledge more feared than the
531169 - darkness of ignorance, e.g., on 890324, ref SDS 1 4484, discussed
531170 - again on 890809. ref SDS 4 0880, and again on 961206. ref SDS 46 5002
531171 - Perhaps, then, the legend is true. Prometheus lives on in the
531172 - struggle of each generation against ignorance, fear and denial, always
531173 - to be banished when the light of truth burns too brightly, see on
531174 - 990505, ref SDS 84 4732
531176 - [On 991127 Amy encountering forces of ignorance, fear, and denial
531177 - on the job. ref SDS B9 1584
531179 - ..
531180 - [On 001107 Doug Engelbart awarded National Medal of Technology for
531181 - life achievements against great odds. ref SDS E4 0001
531183 - ..
531184 - [On 001127 SDS brings the power of knowledge and isolation under
531185 - the legend of Prometheous. ref SDS E6 SL6M
531187 - ..
531188 - [On 041213 Nikola Tesla compared to Prometheus invented alternating
531189 - current for the operating system of the 20th century, and was
531190 - banished by forces of ignorance, fear, denial. ref SDS G9 7P4K
531192 - ..
531193 - The NWO... paper explains "religion" to bind back. ref OF 2 4723
531195 - ..
531196 - One explanation for Greek mythology is that discussing poor conduct in
531197 - our own lives, family and colleages is socially painful. It is easier
531198 - to criticize and decry "them" and "they" rather than speak directly
531199 - about me, you and us. Impersonal "gods" were the politicians, bosses
531200 - and bureaucrats of their time. ref OF 10 0001
531202 - ..
531203 - But, what if the gods had it right -- the "power of knowledge" opens a
531204 - Pandora's Box of responsibility that brings accountability which
531205 - people hate? This results in the tension between executives who cry
531206 - out that people don't tell the "truth," and people who decry
531207 - executives who won't listen, reviewed on 950412. ref SDS 29 4543
531209 - ..
531210 - Was Prometheus mistaken and arrogant in giving the power of knowledge
531211 - to humanity? ref SDS 0 5810 Do people prefer the bliss of ignorance,
531212 - because the light of knowledge brings responsiblity to act under the
531213 - common rule that so and so....
531215 - "...knew or reasonably should have known!"
531217 - ...reported on 991014. ref SDS A2 3066 Does fear of accountability,
531218 - shown on 980405, ref SDS 57 5065, make people more afraid of the light
531219 - than the dark, as in the plea for wriggle room to say "Gosh, everybody
531220 - kept me in the dark? I didn't know, so don't blame me?" Often
531221 - authorities prefer to "turn out the lights" rather than bear the
531222 - burden of knowledge, which cries out for action, as reported on
531223 - 961206. ref SDS 46 5002
531225 - [On 000517 linked records are not accepted. ref SDS D8 5184
531227 - ..
531228 - [On 020920 people object to linking that brings responsibility for
531229 - knowledge. ref SDS F8 5P3O
531231 - ..
531232 - [On 050414 emotional patients shocked by fearing disclosure of
531233 - confidential patient history on Internet, when nothing confidential
531234 - is disclosed. ref SDS H0 YQ6H
531236 - ..
531237 - On 890809 Ross recognized the power of SDS to convert information into
531238 - knowledge causes stress. ref SDS 3 3S4F About 10 years later, Andy
531239 - Grove, CEO at Intel, reported experience at Intel shows that improving
531240 - daily work by transforming organizational culture of existing
531241 - practices, policies, and procedures is like "walking through the
531242 - valley of death." ref SDS 56 0502 Grove says executives "loathe"
531243 - change to improve earnings, and resist improving productivity,
531244 - ref SDS 56 1660, prefering instead to work on familiar things in
531245 - familiar ways that have worked in the past, ref SDS 55 3740, but which
531246 - Grove warns become gradually less effective under evolving new
531247 - realities of better technologies and market dynamics that together
531248 - change requirements for performing daily work. On 990625 Fortune
531249 - reported CEOs refuse to improve management practice because of
531250 - "psyche." ref SDS 88 4914 On 990505 an executive reported better
531251 - management requires a change in attitude inculcated by training and
531252 - culture. ref SDS 84 4732 On 950426 executive training teaches good
531253 - communication skills rely on conversation to "expedite" and avoid
531254 - accountability, because there is not enough time to use good
531255 - management practices. ref SDS 30 7730
531257 - ..
531258 - So, maybe it wasn't the gods who banished Prometheus, but rather the
531259 - people he helped burned him at the stake for bringing the burden of
531260 - knowledge that life is not as simple as it seems from daily
531261 - conversations. Knowledge makes it harder to blame mistakes, cost of
531262 - rework, loss and conflict on ignorance or Murphy's Law, from the
531263 - NWO..., ref OF 2 2536, on others who do not tell the truth, from
531264 - 950412, ref SDS 29 3920, on the "gods," or anyone else, in order to
531265 - work on "familiar things," for example "technology," related on
531266 - 990525, ref SDS 85 0966 and on 990527, ref SDS 86 1233, and can take
531267 - immediate action in familiar ways, i.e., conversation that is fast and
531268 - easy, without the burden of diligence to avoid ambiguity of mental
531269 - maps, cited by Grove in his book reviewed on 980307. ref SDS 56 7571
531271 - ..
531272 - [On 041213 Nikola Tesla compared to Prometheus invented alternating
531273 - current for the operating system of the 20th century, and was
531274 - banished by forces of ignorance, fear, denial. ref SDS G9 7P4K
531276 - ..
531277 - On 920128 dilemma of leadership was developed. ref SDS 12 1199 On
531278 - 980307 Andy Grove, related experience as CEO of Intel that helping
531279 - executives improve the work is like "walking through the valley of
531280 - death."
531282 - ..
531283 - On 991014 ignorance is preferred to the light of knowledge.
531284 - ref SDS A2 3066
531286 - ..
531287 - Knowledge of "meaning drift" that occurs in the mind's struggle to
531288 - balance time and information, explained in POIMS, ref OF 1 0561, makes
531289 - communication the biggest risk in enterprise, cited in the letter on
531290 - 990924, ref DIP 4 1680, and on 991101, ref SDS B0 2800; it brings
531291 - responsibility to act, and thus becomes a Pandora's Box of unwelcome
531292 - psychological burdens. ref SDS 0 2756
531294 - [On 991222 Doug Engelbart's 1992 paper on Groupware explains
531295 - negative consequences of scale. ref SDS C6 1596]
531297 - ..
531298 - [On 000106 reviewed knowledge management dilemma. ref SDS C8 5120]
531300 - ..
531301 - [On 000125 proposed XML Editor provides links beyond familiar
531302 - scale that may "boggle the mind." ref SDS D0 3975]
531304 - ..
531305 - [On 000208 complexity of knowledge may "boggle the mind."
531306 - ref SDS D0 3975]
531308 - ..
531309 - [On 000221 complexity of knowledge organization (ontology)
531310 - associated with Pandora's Box. ref SDS D2 7455]
531312 - ..
531313 - Aligning communication with objectives, requirements and commitments
531314 - brings responsibility to take correct action, which people fear
531315 - because it conflicts with feel good management, reported on 980405,
531316 - ref SDS 57 5065, and earlier on 911123. ref SDS 11 1331
531318 - ..
531319 - However, fear of knowledge because it brings accountability, collides
531320 - with Aristotle's observation that the least initial deviation from the
531321 - truth is later multiplied a thousand times, bringing even greater
531322 - accountability. This presents the....
531325 - Dilemma of the Ages
531327 - ..
531328 - T r u t h o r C o n s e q u n e c e s
531331 - ..
531332 - The ethos of "feel good management" requires "strong communication
531333 - skills" for talking our way out of accountability for mistakes and
531334 - talking our way into credit for success, under the strategy...
531336 - Spare the burden of truth, and accept the consequences foretold by
531337 - Aristotle, then curse the gods for being unfair and uncaring when
531338 - talk fails to avoid accountability and fails to bring credit, as
531339 - cited in the NWO... ref OF 2 0899, and below. ref SDS 0 0960
531341 - ..
531342 - Knowledge that the complexity of chronology quickly expands beyond the
531343 - capacity of the conscious mind, as reported on 991014, ref SDS A2
531344 - 5600, and so requires learning a new, difficult process of maintaining
531345 - alignment through analysis that "conntects the dots" of small details,
531346 - using an "alphabet," into a consistent big picture for understanding
531347 - causation across the expanse of time is essential to avoid drifting
531348 - off course, as developed on 950303, ref SDS 27 3497, may well be
531349 - unwelcome at the onset of the effort, because it is disruptive, see
531350 - review on 990527. ref SDS 86 5258
531352 - ..
531353 - Until we get used to working with a greater measure of connections
531354 - that comprise knowledge which is normally hidden in the subconscious
531355 - mind, explained in POIMS, ref OF 1 0561, knowledge is a Pandora's Box,
531356 - a knowledge management dilemma, that brings unwelcome burdens.
531358 - [On 000106 reviewed knowledge management dilemma. ref SDS C8 5120]
531360 - ..
531361 - Ignorance, fear and denial remain a strong force of culture against
531362 - receiving the gift of light which Prometheus struggled so mightly to
531363 - accomplish. ref SDS 0 7380 We are warmed of course by the knowledge
531364 - that despite the gods and the fear of people, eventually, the light
531365 - was delivered in the form of the alphabet, and this produced a better
531366 - world.
531368 - [On 991130 developed this idea. ref SDS C1 4664]
Alphabet Foundation Civilization
Mysterious Alphabet Technology Like Power of Religion
Religion Mysterious Alphabet Technology Unlocked Power of Mind Long B
Mystery of Mind Unlocked by Alphabet Long Before Cognitive Science Ci
680701 - ..
680702 - Alphabet Unlocked Power of the Mind Long Before Cognitive Science
680704 - Hutch's paper may relate somewhat to the point about developing
680705 - religious ideas from the process of applying "alphabet technology,"
680706 - commonly called "writing," set out in my letter yesterday. ref DIP 8
680707 - 4822 "Religion" can be viewed as a power that accomplishes feats
680708 - mysteriously, inexplicably, e.g., Ten Commandments carved by God in a
680709 - stone tablet, parting the seas to leave Egypt, "turning water into
680710 - wine," reviewed on 960409 in an article on cognitive science,
680711 - ref SDS 42 7211, and so on.
680713 - ..
680714 - On 910221 writing uses rules of grammar for assembling flexible
680715 - organic structures, like DNA, to grow small meanings from alphabet
680716 - into stories with information that impacts life. ref SDS 10 OP7M
680718 - ..
680719 - Like religion, alphabet technology applied through writing, holds a
680720 - mystical power of giving external objective form to the hidden
680721 - intelligence process of constructing internal thoughts, which can then
680722 - be crafted, strengthened, preserved and used as "objects" (e.g., book,
680723 - article, letter, computer code), again and again to grow new knowledge
680724 - in the near term, and across generations by assembling "stories" of
680725 - personal experience into community "history," as related on 900430,
680726 - ref SDS 7 6835, and later at Intel on 960627, ref SDS 45 2640 (see,
680727 - also, below on the history of alphabet technology, ref SDS 0 5628).
680728 - The correlation of religion and human cognition is reviewed in the
680729 - NWO... paper ref OF 2 5650, and further in relation to the alphabet.
680730 - ref OF 2 9449
680732 - ..
680733 - Alphabet technology assembles small meanings from correlating sound to
680734 - images, called "letters," bit by bit into larger understandings (see
680735 - below on the history of the alphabet. ref SDS 0 1620), also explained
680736 - in NWO... paper. ref OF 2 5846
680738 - ..
680739 - Cognitive science calls this method "connectionist" theory, reviewed
680740 - on 900303, ref SDS 5 6006, again on 960518. ref SDS 43 3374 It is
680741 - discussed in relation to religion in the NWO... paper. ref OF 2 5650
680743 - ..
680744 - Religious and legal practice over 2,000 years evolved special kinds of
680745 - connections to maintain alignment that preserve original
680746 - understanding, so that people, organizations and great nations do not
680747 - drift off course, away from the pillars that support viable community.
680748 - Greek mythology appears to have emerged in order to accomplish this
680749 - role in pre-literate peoples. ref OF 10 0001 These elements of
680750 - traditional writing have in large measure created a "heaven" on earth
680751 - that shields people from hunger, cold, predators, and affliction which
680752 - previously plagued mankind, and still comprise the dominate concern of
680753 - other species, except for those maintained by humans.
680755 - ..
680756 - A question that arises is whether there might be something new that
680757 - can now be done with the alphabet that further leverages the power of
680758 - human thought and intellect? Can we improve the "Alphabetic Mind"
680759 - (see below, ref SDS 0 5628)? After 2000 years, might there be a new
680760 - trick, or twist, in the way the alphabet has traditionally been used
680761 - to generate information, that can in turn tap deeper aspects of
680762 - "intelligence," beyond objective analysis, as proposed in POIMS?
680763 - ref OF 1 0561 and, also, ref OF 1 3742, and which was reviewed on
680764 - 990218. ref SDS 77 7790
680766 - [On 000124 explained augmenting alphabet technology to augment
680767 - human capabilities. ref SDS C9 2546]
680769 - ..
680770 - On 950204 reviewed advantages of SDS for improving alphabet
680771 - technology. ref SDS 25 4995
Analysis Listening Thinking Planning Follow Up
History foretells the Future Through Analysis of Trends, Patterns
Public Education Universal Literacy Mandated by Law Beginning in 185
Thucydides History of Writing Advancing Literacy from Rote Trasncrip
890701 - ..
890702 - Past is Prologue, Analysis Powerful Engine of Civilization
890703 - History of Writing from "Writing of History" - Power of Analysis
890705 - Research today on the history of writing and alphabet technology, as
890706 - an analog of intelligence, supplements research on 930112. ref SDS 18
890707 - 3443
890708 - ..
890709 - Thucydides and the Writing of History
890711 - ...reviews classical Greek writing from about 400 BC on a transition
890712 - from about 700 BC, when writing was used only to render an accurate
890713 - account of speaking events needed for an "oral" society, to eventually
890714 - begin adding analysis for history to "interpret the future," which is
890715 - the hallmark of a "literate" society, essential for technological
890716 - progress. ref OF 4 0001
890718 - ..
890719 - http://www.cohums.ohio-state.edu/english/People/Ulman.1/courses/E574C/Projects/Rutkus/Thuc.html#Home
890721 - ..
890722 - Today, some experts list analysis as the primary practice of good
890723 - management (see review of Drucker on 931130, ref SDS 20 7911, but this
890724 - has not been fully accepted, reported on 970917. ref SDS 53 0444
890726 - [On 071113 Jack Park submits paper explaining power of
890727 - alphabet technology to advance civilization. ref SDS H3
890728 - PH4K
890730 - ..
890731 - It took 300 years of experience and experimentation from 700 BC to
890732 - approximately 400 BC to discover how to use alphabet technology for
890733 - analysis to understand new information in the broader context of the
890734 - past that shows trends for planning a better future, ref OF 8 0001, as
890735 - a powerful engine of civilization...
890737 - http://isango.und.ac.za/infoage/alphabet.htm
890739 - ....under the rule: past is prologue, ref OF 1 1112, cited in NWO to
890740 - explain reliance on experience for growing knowledge. ref OF 2 0846
890742 - ..
890743 - This may relate to Hutch's paper on Prometheus, which ties to
890744 - religion, per above, ref SDS 0 4355, since the transition from orality
890745 - to literacy helped spread religion in shaping culture.
890747 - ..
890748 - Thucydides history itself is on the web at...
890750 - http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/text?lookup=thuc.+1.1.1
890752 - ..
890753 - It took another 2000 years from 400 BC to about 1450 for civilization
890754 - to develop a printing press that made literacy the engine of
890755 - civilization by providing a stable (permenant, legible, cheap to
890756 - distribute) platform for knowledge growth. As a result, Guttenberg
890757 - was cited on 991010 for contributing the most to advance civilization
890758 - in the 2nd millennium. ref SDS A0 3056 Thereafter, universal
890759 - education enabled rapid advance, reviewed on 980905. ref SDS 61 A54W
890761 - ..
890762 - Less than 500 years later (less than half a millenium), by about 1850,
890763 - most western governments made universal education a statutory mandate.
890764 - This governmental leap vastly expanded the pool of people applying the
890765 - power of writing to think, remember, and communicate, (see "alphabetic
890766 - mind" below. ref SDS 0 5628), ushered in an explosion of innovation,
890767 - productivity, and creativity in all fields.
890769 - ..
890770 - Kingwood College
890771 - American Cultural History of Education
890774 - http://kclibrary.nhmccd.edu/19thcentury1850.htm
890776 - The 1850's saw more states providing free public education as
890777 - the Indiana (1852), Ohio (1854) , Illinois (1855), and
890778 - Minnesota (1858) legislatures passed the necessary laws.
890779 - Massachusetts enacted the "Compulsory Attendance Act of 1852"
890780 - which required that all children between the ages of eight and
890781 - fourteen attend school at least three months of each year.
890784 - ..
890785 - The Beginning of the Public Education System
890788 - http://www.servintfree.net/~aidmn-ejournal/publications/2001-11/PublicEducationInTheUnitedStates.html
890790 - Until the 1840s the education system was highly localized and
890791 - available only to wealthy people. Reformers who wanted all
890792 - children to gain the benefits of education opposed this.
890793 - Prominent among them were Horace Mann in Massachusetts and
890794 - Henry Barnard in Connecticut. Mann started the publication of
890795 - the Common School Journal, which took the educational issues to
890796 - the public. The common-school reformers argued for the case on
890797 - the belief that common schooling could create good citizens,
890798 - unite society and prevent crime and poverty. As a result of
890799 - their efforts, free public education at the elementary level
890800 - was available for all American children by the end of the 19th
890801 - century. Massachusetts passed the first compulsory school
890802 - attendance laws in 1852, followed by New York in 1853. By 1918
890803 - all states had passed laws requiring children to attend at
890804 - least elementary school. The Catholics were, however, opposed
890805 - to common schooling and created their own private schools.
890806 - Their decision was supported by the 1925 Supreme Court rule in
890807 - Pierce v. Society of Sisters that states could not compel
890808 - children to attend public schools, and that children could
890809 - attend private schools instead
890812 - ..
890813 - History of Education in California
890816 - http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist3/schools.html
890818 - ..
890819 - Such was the vision of the one of the leaders in that body of
890820 - wise men who drafted the original organic law of California
890821 - [requirding universal public education] accepted by Congress as
890822 - the basis for admission into the Union in 1850. That splendid
890823 - vision is being realized today in the great school system of
890824 - California, which stands pre-eminent among the school systems
890825 - of the world.
890827 - [On 000315 SDS requires front-end investment like literacy
890828 - provided with universal education. ref SDS D6 7800
890830 - ..
890831 - [On 040229 SDS likely to follow path of literacy initially
890832 - resisted before becoming universal requirement. ref SDS G4
890833 - JB5M
890835 - ..
890836 - [On 040429 education resisted because not enough time for
890837 - book learning with fields to plow, water to fetch, wood to
890838 - chop. ref SDS G6 915K
Orality Improved by Literacy and Poetry for Communication and Memory
Alphabet Technology Literacy Improved Orality and Poetry for Communic
Literacy Improved Orality and Poetry for Communication and Memory
Meetings Subjects Wander Off Course in Conversation Dialog Email SDS
Thucydides History of Writing Advancing Literacy from Rote Trasncript
Dialog Literacy Improved and Poetry for Communication and Memory
Literacy Improved Orality and Poetry for Communication and Memory
Entertain Speech Exaggerates to Hold Attention, Avoid Analysis
961101 - ..
961102 - Literacy Improved Orality and Poetry for Communication and Memory
961104 - "Thucydides and the Writing of History" explains a lot about the
961105 - history of writing, ref OF 4 0844, in particular the distinction
961106 - between writing for understanding through "analysis," and what the
961107 - article calls "orality," which refers to speech, talking, dialog and
961108 - conversation -- i.e., how executives spend 99% of their time.
961109 - ref OF 4 2300 and ref OF 4 4249
961111 - ..
961112 - Plato argued against over reliance on oratory and poetry as primary
961113 - communication and memory methods. ref OF 13 8991 and ref OF 13 4119
961114 - On 950523 proposed teaching class on Com Metrics at Wharton School of
961115 - Business to add balance in communication training. ref SDS 31 2130
961117 - ..
961118 - [On 991209 Phaedrus indicates that Plato, through Socretes,
961119 - distinguished writing as a reminising, from applying knowledge
961120 - through dialog. ref SDS C4 0877
961122 - ..
961123 - On 910221 alphabet technology leverages human mental biology for using
961124 - organic structure to grow small structures into information.
961125 - ref SDS 10 OP7M SDS extends alphabet technology by applying time that
961126 - maintains sequences of cause and effect, with organic subject
961127 - structure to grow knowledge, like DNA assembles small structures into
961128 - living organisms. ref SDS 10 RR5I
961130 - ..
961131 - On 920402 Ross explains desire to maintain image prevents managers
961132 - from using literacy to improve earnings. ref SDS 13 0344 On 990527
961133 - strong social pressures prevent improving management. ref SDS 86 1233
961135 - ..
961136 - On 960311 Gutenberg's printing press was resisted for a century.
961137 - ref SDS 39 0675
961139 - [On 991204 national initiative launched to reduce medical mistakes.
961140 - ref SDS C2 0889]
961142 - [On 991207 cited Plato in letter to Intel. ref SDS C3 0667]
961144 - ..
961145 - [On 000225 Colloquium at Stanford notices classical debate between
961146 - orality and literacy. ref SDS D4 3878
961148 - ..
961149 - [On 000720 Joe Ransdell explains Plato recognized limitations of
961150 - writing, as practiced during his time to transcribe oratory and
961151 - formal speeches. Plato worried that the power to transcribe a
961152 - speech seemed so powerful that less attention would be given to
961153 - dialog developed by Socrates for critical reasoning through verbal
961154 - questioning as a means to avoid limitations of conventional
961155 - reliance on speech was an early form of SDS. ref SDS E0 0974
961157 - ..
961158 - Added explanation to NWO... paper. ref OF 2 0846
961161 - ..
961162 - Meetings Ignore the Record and Analysis Unproductive Waste Time
961163 - Entertain Speech Exaggerates to Hold Attention, Avoid Analysis
961164 - Speech Entertains, Exaggerates, Instructs, Analysis Avoided
961165 - People Can Align Communication for About 1 Minute
961167 - Havelock points out that conversation, dialog, speech, talking and
961168 - hearing are much different from writing, noting orality is...
961170 - 1. Additive rather than subordinate
961171 - 2. Aggregative rather than analytic
961172 - 3. Redundant or 'copious'
961173 - 4. Conservative or traditionalist
961174 - 5. Close to the human lifeworld (not abstract)
961175 - 6. Agonistically toned
961176 - 7. Empathetic and participatory rather than objectively
961177 - distanced
961178 - 8. Situational rather than abstract
961180 - ..
961181 - Speech entertains and instructs, ref OF 4 2257, evidenced by early
961182 - writing attributed to Homer. (see review of Havelock's Preface to
961183 - Plato, ref OF 13 4914) Entertainment exaggerates to attract and
961184 - hold attention, and so tends to be more "normative" rather than
961185 - factual. ref OF 4 3900 Exaggeration to entertain is discussed
961186 - further below. ref SDS 0 2000 Since orality evolved from a time
961187 - when accuracy was problematic over time, persuasion, comity and
961188 - congeniality to maintain cohensive community through uniformity of
961189 - views were the emphasis of oral communication. ref OF 4 3416 This
961190 - fits the model of Communication Metrics developed on 950327 where
961191 - leadership to persuade can be supported with tools and practices
961192 - that increase understanding and follow up. ref SDS 28 WO9P
961194 - [On 020820 accuracy less important in email and speech
961195 - emphasize continuity expressing issues, ideas, and feelings;
961196 - authenticating conversation with links to accurate factual
961197 - history seems to detract from communication in these modes,
961198 - per Murray Altheim. ref SDS F7 V66I
961200 - ..
961201 - [On 040129 Gary cites Decker's ideas on building the
961202 - job with conversation by talking people into saying yes.
961203 - ref SDS G2 WO9W
961205 - ..
961206 - The nature of speech that emphasizes attention and persuasion
961207 - rather than factual accuracy necessarily increases the price
961208 - people pay for relying on "common sense" to fill in the gaps
961209 - remembering only the gist of the story, rather than rely on the
961210 - actual story, as related in Campbell's book "The Improbably
961211 - Machine," reviewed on 900303. ref SDS 5 4456 Andy Grove at Intel
961212 - notes mental maps are awfully forgiving of ambiguity; copious
961213 - notes add reflection and deliberation to improve accuracy,
961214 - reviewed on 980307. ref SDS 56 3668
961216 - ..
961217 - POIMS explains genetic drive to rely on speech. ref OF 1 5106 and
961218 - ref OF 1 4079
961220 - ..
961221 - Pied Piper is classic example of persuasion that leads people with
961222 - entertainment down the wrong path, reviewing Covey on 921205.
961223 - ref SDS 16 4820
961225 - ..
961226 - [On 991123 executive training teaches verbal skills.
961227 - ref SDS B7 1989
961229 - ..
961230 - [On 991124 myths do not begin as entertainment. ref SDS B8
961231 - 0856
961233 - ..
961234 - [On 991221 critical information missing in verbal communication
961235 - between doctors and patients 90% of the time. ref SDS C5 0001
961237 - ..
961238 - [On 991227 example information omitted in email. ref SDS C7
961239 - 9844
961241 - ..
961242 - [On 000201 submit letter explaining benefits of text rather
961243 - than video conference live broadcast. ref SDS D1 3877
961245 - ..
961246 - Additive form of speech requires continous stream-of-conscious
961247 - information which avoids embarrassing pauses that otherwise enable
961248 - the mind to invest time reflecting on gaps in logic or alignment
961249 - of what is said, as occurs in reading and writing, explained in
961250 - analysis of email, ref DIP 4 1045, developed in the record on
961251 - 990924. ref SDS 96 0715 When words are accidently left out in
961252 - speech, or are not clearly prounounced, or when the speaker uses
961253 - the wrong word, people in conversation mentally adjust based on
961254 - context, or ask for clarification, so that conversation continues
961255 - smoothly. Oral discourse builds up and repeats; it reinforces the
961256 - same themes. The form and function of oral discourse maintains
961257 - tradition, i.e., culture. ref OF 4 5644
961259 - [On 020820 accuracy less important in email and speech
961260 - emphasize continuity expressing issues, ideas, and feelings;
961261 - authenticating conversation with links to accurate factual
961262 - history seems to detract from communication in these modes,
961263 - per Murray Altheim. ref SDS F7 V66I
961265 - ..
961266 - Weaknesses of oral communication in relation to reliance on sight
961267 - and sound, and benefits of alphabet technology were developed on
961268 - 940609, ref SDS 22 4671, and reflect work on 950204 setting out
961269 - the fragility of human memory that, on its own, can align
961270 - communication for only about a minute. ref SDS 25 0550
961272 - ..
961273 - On 980824 complexity of communication inherently causes errors
961274 - that are mostly overlooked in dialog. ref SDS 60 3465
961276 - ..
961277 - Today, we call these oral communication methods...
961279 - rumor
961281 - guess and gossip
961283 - expediting
961285 - ..
961286 - problem handling
961288 - meetings
961290 - ..
961291 - Conversation spawns culture with an...
961293 - official view of reality
961295 - ...that, in the absence of alignment, gradually shifts farther and
961296 - farther from the truth, due to "meaning drift," explained on
961297 - 991101, ref SDS B0 2800, in POIMS, ref OF 1 8774, and causes
961298 - problems, crisis, loss and conflict, as noticed by Aristotle, also
961299 - in 400 BC. ref OF 2 6056
961301 - ..
961302 - This compounds the problem of "meaning drift" that makes "truth a
961303 - moving target," from work on 960518. ref SDS 43 4488
961305 - [On 990625 medical mistakes demonstrate high cost of meaning
961306 - drift that makes communication the biggest risk in enterprise.
961307 - ref SDS 96 5576
961309 - ..
961310 - Plato argued against over reliance on oral communication, and for
961311 - greater reliance on literacy in order to ensure truth in 400 BC.
961312 - ref OF 13 1500 and ref OF 13 8624 See also explanation in POIMS
961313 - and on Pied Piper, above. ref SDS 0 0593
961315 - ..
961316 - Weaknesses of speech that emphasizes persuasion and entertainment
961317 - over factual accuracy, per above, ref SDS 0 0593, cause fear,
961318 - anger, and frustration people feel in meetings, see 940114.
961319 - ref SDS 21 2290 again on 950228, ref SDS 26 1994, and cause
961320 - mistakes that make stream-of-conscious communication through
961321 - conversation the biggest risk in enterprise, cited in the letters
961322 - to...
961324 - ..
961325 - 1. Jeanne, ref DIP 7 0001, sent on 991103. ref SDS B1 0001
961327 - ..
961328 - 2. Medical practice, ref DIP 4 1045, 990924. ref SDS 96 0715
961330 - ..
961331 - 3. Morris, ref DIP 6 0001, sent on 991028. ref SDS A9 0001
961333 - ..
961334 - 4. Dave, ref DIP 9 0001, sent on 991007. ref SDS 98 0001
961336 - ..
961337 - 5. Gary, reported on 041110, ref SDS G8 GP4N
961339 - ..
961340 - On 960205 managers waste 70% of day in meetings. ref SDS 38 5902
961342 - ..
961343 - High Cost of Medical mistakes caused by "meaning drift" in daily
961344 - communications, ref DIP 4 0001, developed on 990924. ref SDS 96
961345 - 0001
961347 - ..
961348 - Lack of alignment in communication causes space ships to bump into
961349 - Mars, losing $125M, reviewed on 991001. ref SDS 97 0001
Meaning Drift in Oral Communication Solved by Poetry
Poetry Solved Meaning Drift in Oral Communication
Meaning Drifts Off Course Meetings in Conversation Dialog Email SDS L
Meaning Drift Oral Communication Solved by Poetry
Poetry Solved Meaning Drift in Oral Communication
Promise of POIMS Reflects Poetry Role of Memory Aid
Technology Memory Poetry Aid Solved Meaning Drift in Oral Communicati
A81001 - ..
A81002 - Promise of POIMS Reflects Poetry Role of Memory Aid
A81003 - Meaning Drift in Oral Communication Solved by Poetry
A81004 - Oral Communication Exaggerates to Entertain and Aid Memory
A81006 - To enhance the memory process, oral discourse necessitates
A81007 - strident action and hypermortal actors. ref OF 4 5220
A81009 - ..
A81010 - This point is included in the preface of the summary on Greek
A81011 - Gods. ref OF 10 0001
A81013 - ..
A81014 - [On 991124 explanation on origins of mythology. ref SDS B8 0856
A81016 - ..
A81017 - In order to be memorable, information was stored in, and related
A81018 - through, paragons (be it Prometheus, ref OF 9 0001, Zeus,
A81019 - ref OF 10 0503, Aphrodite, ref OF 10 0511) who "excite awe because
A81020 - of special status, importance, power, or vigor so that the
A81021 - contemplation of the status adds to the pleasure of memorization"
A81022 - (Havelock, 138). Havelock terms this circumvention of the
A81023 - constraints of memory the "the god-apparatus" which the Greeks
A81024 - then used to explain historical or factual events to ease the
A81025 - pressure of memorization (Havelock, 230). ref OF 4 5220
A81028 - ..
A81029 - Poetry was an early technology to store and accurately remember
A81030 - stories that contained important correlations, ref OF 4 1798,
A81031 - cited in the meeting on 951117, ref SDS 37 8956, and at Stanford
A81032 - on 900703. ref SDS 9 3966
A81034 - ..
A81035 - On 900507 promise of POIMS used this idea to develop presentation
A81036 - at Golden Gate University. ref SDS 8 0620
A81038 - ..
A81039 - Rhyme and meter are ancient techniques to maintain alignment that
A81040 - avoids "meaning drift" discussed on 991101, ref SDS B0 2800,
A81041 - also, cited in the letter on 990924, ref DIP 4 1680, and explained
A81042 - previously on 950703. ref SDS 33 0030
A81044 - ..
A81045 - Pre-literates could store and retrieve knowledge only with
A81046 - ephemeral sounds of the human voice. With this much potential for
A81047 - variance, thought paradoxically had to become uniform. In oral
A81048 - Greek culture, experience was stored only in the memory of human
A81049 - beings. New information had to be edited for brevity and fit to
A81050 - conform with old knowledge in order to be remembered. Thus, epic
A81051 - oral poetry became the storage center for traditional knowledge
A81052 - and the referent for all "new" knowledge. ref OF 4 3416
A81054 - ..
A81055 - This is the problem of the modern era in meetings, calls and
A81056 - email, per above, ref SDS 0 4505, and further below. ref SDS 0
A81057 - 7380 On 990721 Morris noted that SDS aids memory. ref SDS 92 0001
A81059 - ..
A81060 - Alphabet technology enables people to construct, craft and
A81061 - preserve meaning beyond the limits of innate biology by several
A81062 - orders of magnitude, and so was a huge step in civilization, noted
A81063 - by Havelock below. ref SDS 0 5628
A81065 - [On 010622 Lenat maintains literacy makes people superhuman.
A81066 - ref SDS F1 N668
Thucydides History of Writing Advancing Literacy from Rote Trasncript
Havelock on Thucydides History of Writing Advancing Literacy from Rot
Literacy Advances from Rote Trasncription of Speeches to Analysis to
Alphabet Technology Literacy Advances from Rote Trasncription of Spee
History foretells the Future Through Analysis of Trends, Patterns
Future Planning Based on History the Through Analysis of Trends, Patt
Past Prologue, Shows Future by Causation, Chronology, Semiotics
AK1001 - ..
AK1002 - History foretells the Future Through Analysis of Trends, Patterns
AK1003 - Alphabet Technology Improved Human Methods of Thought and Memory
AK1005 - Thucydides is attributed with beginning a tradition of analysis, by
AK1006 - writing history in 400 BC, in order to plan for the future, ref OF 4
AK1007 - 0001, which reflects the design of SDS for...
AK1009 - ..
AK1010 - Investing time to understand the past in order to see the future
AK1011 - rests on the principle...
AK1013 - past is prologue
AK1015 - ...set out in POIMS. ref OF 1 1112 This powerful fact of life, is
AK1016 - contraposed by those who claim not to have time to read and write,
AK1017 - as on 990525, ref SDS 85 0966, that the past is "water under the
AK1018 - bridge," as on 950822, ref SDS 34 9433, and that executives and
AK1019 - managers get ahead by "expediting" that looks to the future rather
AK1020 - than "nit pic" the past. Such reasoning ignores 2000 years of
AK1021 - human experience.
AK1023 - ..
AK1024 - Plato argued for greater use of literacy in 400 BC, to replace oral
AK1025 - communication using peotry for enhancing memory and learning,
AK1026 - ref OF 13 8991 and ref OF 13 4066 A second source makes the same
AK1027 - point. ref OF 14 4802
AK1029 - ..
AK1030 - On 911123 Morris explained SDS enables a new way of working by relying
AK1031 - on an accurate record of work history. ref SDS 11 0477 On 990721
AK1032 - Morris noted that SDS support for history aids memory. ref SDS 92 0001
AK1034 - ..
AK1035 - Peter Drucker, reviewed on 991025, makes generous use of case studies
AK1036 - for root cause analysis to develop important lessons learned from
AK1037 - history. Drucker relies on understanding history to forecast future
AK1038 - trends that support good practices for carrying out managment tasks
AK1039 - and responsibilities. ref SDS A7 3060 Yet, nowhere are management
AK1040 - responsibilities, practices and tasks, set out for anyone on the job
AK1041 - to write the history of a call, a professional event, or a meeting,
AK1042 - shown by analysis on 931130, ref SDS 20 4456, as called out in POIMS,
AK1043 - explaining a new way to work intelligently, ref OF 1 6649, by enabling
AK1044 - "deliberative analysis." ref OF 1 2300 Drucker lists "analysis" as a
AK1045 - critical responsibility. ref SDS 20 7911 This could be construed to
AK1046 - call for routinely capturing the record of experience on planning and
AK1047 - performing daily work reading and writing books, specifications,
AK1048 - contracts, budgets, schedules, reports, email and other tasks people
AK1049 - perform on the job each day that become history the next day, and
AK1050 - therefore requires "analysis."
AK1052 - ..
AK1053 - Without history, Drucker's followers are denied the very tool he
AK1054 - relies upon for wisdom and foresight, ignoring the rule Thucydides
AK1055 - laid down 2,000 years ago. ref SDS 0 3339
AK1057 - ..
AK1058 - On 991025 Drucker's article in Atlantic Monthly recommended
AK1059 - "routinizing" good management practice to rely on an accurate record
AK1060 - by use technology that strengthens application of lessons learned from
AK1061 - cognitive science on the need for an accurate memory of history to
AK1062 - benefit from hard won lessons learned from experience. ref SDS A7 0785
AK1063 - Research on 900319 showed human reasoning is based largely on human
AK1064 - memory. ref SDS 6 0005 If so, then Thucydides, Drucker seem to be on
AK1065 - the right track calling for people to invest time and effort to ensure
AK1066 - accurate understandings from history and analysis.
Havelock, Alphabet Explosive Technology Transformed Humanity Enabled
Alphabet Explosive Technology Transformed Humanity Enabled Civilizati
Alphabetic Mind, Havlock Explosive Technology Enabled Change in Life
AX0601 - ..
AX0602 - Alphabet Explosive Technology Revolutionized Culture and Civilization
AX0603 - Civilization Exploded with Stable "Operating System" Using the Alphabet
AX0604 - Intelligence Advances Alphabet Technology from Information to Knowledge
AX0606 - The alphabet beginning in about 700 BC, ref OF 8 5933, is an explosive
AX0607 - technology that revolutionized human culture by providing a complete
AX0608 - solution to the problem of fixed mental biology in a world of
AX0609 - expanding complexity. (Havelock) ref OF 8 0004 The New World Order...
AX0610 - explains the mind constructs a world for which it is not well suited,
AX0611 - ref OF 2 2082, and cites Havelock on the history of writing. ref OF 2
AX0612 - 33CE
AX0614 - Eric A Havelock was born in London England in 1903, and became a US
AX0615 - citizen in 1955. He was educated at Cambridge. Havelock became a
AX0616 - scholar of ancient Greek culture, and taught the classics at
AX0617 - Harvard and Yale. He died in 1988.
AX0619 - http://www.engl.niu.edu/wac/ptop.html
AX0621 - ..
AX0622 - Drucker explains elegance and power of alphabet technology presents
AX0623 - the "most perfect" example of scientific management, and was achieved
AX0624 - long before the rise of industrial engineering, reviewed 931130.
AX0625 - ref SDS 19 JZ6M
AX0627 - ..
AX0628 - Human memory is fragile with limited span of attention, impulsive
AX0629 - reaction, and weak awareness of correlations, implications and nuance.
AX0630 - reviewed on 950204, ref SDS 25 0550 Written "analysis" beginning in
AX0631 - 400 BC augments intelligence for interpreting cause and effect from
AX0632 - history to plan for future results. per above, ref SDS 0 7048 People
AX0633 - can construct understanding outside the limits of the mind that can
AX0634 - then be crafted, corrected, preserved, and continually improved across
AX0635 - days, weeks, years and generations. Analysis shaping the future by
AX0636 - understanding the past, per above, ref SDS 0 3339, makes alphabet
AX0637 - technology, commonly called "literacy," a sea-change in life-style
AX0638 - from sole reliance on orality, noted above, ref SDS 0 7426 The spread
AX0639 - of literacy enabled both a foundation and an engine that drives
AX0640 - civilization beyond the limits of innate mental biology. ref SDS 0
AX0641 - 1Q4O
AX0643 - ..
AX0644 - [On 010622 Lenat maintains literacy makes people superhuman.
AX0645 - ref SDS F1 N668
AX0647 - ..
AX0648 - [On 071113 Jack Park submits paper explaining power of
AX0649 - alphabet technology to advance civilization. ref SDS H3 PH4K
AX0651 - ..
AX0652 - Introduction of the Greek alphabet, about 700 BC replete with vowels
AX0653 - augmented human cognition by an order of magnitude, which Eric A.
AX0654 - Havelock terms the...
AX0657 - Alphabetic Mind
AX0660 - ...that culminated 3000 years of evolution into a system for external
AX0661 - graphical representation of basic sounds for language, ref OF 8 5933,
AX0662 - and by extension of human thought processes that construct larger
AX0663 - understandings from small meanings, cited above. ref SDS 0 4960 It
AX0664 - took another 300 years to discover and foster a practice of "analysis"
AX0665 - to produce history, ref SDS 0 3339, that overcomes weaknesses of oral
AX0666 - communication, e.g., telling stories and reciting poetry to maintain
AX0667 - shared meaning over time. ref SDS 0 7426
AX0669 - ..
AX0670 - Alphabet technology leverages human mental biology for creating and
AX0671 - managing organic structure to produce information, explained on
AX0672 - 890523, ref SDS 2 SQ5L, and in POIMS. ref OF 1 1299. SDS extends the
AX0673 - power of deliberative analysis for converting information into useful
AX0674 - knowledge, see above, ref SDS 0 436N, and thereby enables another
AX0675 - powerful paradigm shift to lift civilization by adding intelligence to
AX0676 - information that produces knowledge, explained on 921217. ref SDS 17
AX0677 - 1829
AX0679 - ..
AX0680 - On 931130 Drucker identifies five (5) advantages and purposes of
AX0681 - analysis in the practice of management. ref SDS 20 3077
AX0683 - [On 011017 case study on benefits of the struggle to write for
AX0684 - discovering gaps in understanding to avoid mistakes. ref SDS F2
AX0685 - YY6G
AX0687 - ..
AX0688 - On 930112 the history of writing credits alphabet technology as the
AX0689 - engine of civilization, because it aids human memory that converts
AX0690 - information into knowledge. ref SDS 18 3443 On 900319 human memory is
AX0691 - the basis of human reasoning. ref SDS 6 0005
AX0693 - ..
AX0694 - In 1455 Gutenberg's printing press added value to alphabet technology
AX0695 - by making it cost effective for more people to apply, from review on
AX0696 - 991010. ref SDS A0 3056 On 991025 Drucker cites Gutenberg as beginning
AX0697 - the rise of modern technology. ref SDS A7 3060
AX0699 - ..
AX0700 - Power of alphabet, and opportunity to augment intelligence is
AX0701 - explained in NWO... ref OF 2 0846
AX0703 - ..
AX0704 - Alphabet technology was reviewed previously on 940609. ref SDS 22 8854
AX0706 - ..
AX0707 - On 990218 explained alphabet technology and enhancement provided by
AX0708 - POIMS. ref SDS 77 3100
AX0713 - ..
AX0714 - 2000 Years Stable Foundation Builds Civilization
AX0715 - Superhuman People Enabled by Alphabet Creativity Advanced by SDS
AX0717 - Once invented, the alphabet has remained stable for 2,000 years
AX0718 - because it supplied the complete answer to a problem, and there has
AX0719 - never been need to reinvent it.(Havelock). ref OF 8 0004
AX0721 - ..
AX0722 - This solved inherent weaknesses of oral communication. ref SDS 0 7426
AX0724 - ..
AX0725 - The tradition of writing "history" evolved a practice of analysis, per
AX0726 - above, ref SDS 0 3339, less attributable to any particular group of
AX0727 - early writers, but rather is inherent in the architecture of literacy.
AX0728 - ref OF 4 6804 The design of alphabet technology leads inexorably to
AX0729 - lifting human cognition that plans the future based upon understanding
AX0730 - the past, as reviewed on 990404. ref SDS 83 1562
AX0732 - ..
AX0733 - The alphabet allows the mind to think abstractly by converting spoken
AX0734 - language into an artifact, separating it from the speaker and making
AX0735 - it into an object available for inspection, reflection and analysis,
AX0736 - ref OF 4 4800, see also above. ref SDS 0 4960
AX0740 - ..
AX0741 - Public Utility Alphabet Helps Everyone Owned by No One
AX0742 - SDS Strengthens Creativity by Advancing Alphabet Technology
AX0744 - On 950925 review of Douglas Hofstadter's book "Fluid Concepts and
AX0745 - Creative Analogies" reveals an explanation of creativity as the
AX0746 - ability to reperceive - to take a fresh look at a situation
AX0747 - thought to be already completely understood. ref SDS 36 1683
AX0748 - Using Alphabet technology for "analysis" has been thought to be
AX0749 - understood for 2000 years. SDS using the alphabet for the deeper
AX0750 - process of "intelligence," ref OF 1 0561, appears to fit
AX0751 - Hofstadter's explanation of "creativity."
AX0753 - ..
AX0754 - Havelock argues that the alphabet fundamentaly changed the way people
AX0755 - "thought" from prior pre-literate times, ref SDS 0 1Q4O, that relied
AX0756 - solely on oral communication....
AX0758 - Plato's attack on poetry was an attack on using orality to retain
AX0759 - and communicate history, since it is inevitably inaccurate.
AX0760 - ref OF 14 4802
AX0762 - [On 010622 Lenat maintains literacy makes people superhuman.
AX0763 - ref SDS F1 N668
AX0765 - ..
AX0766 - Havelock's "Preface to Plato" makes the same point. ref OF 13 4524
AX0768 - [On 991209 Plato's Phaedrus explains cultural resistance to new
AX0769 - technology, complaining the alphabet is mechanized thinking and
AX0770 - that speech and dialog works better than writing. ref SDS C4 0877
AX0771 - and ref SDS C4 3416
AX0773 - ..
AX0774 - [On 000518 Professor Mary Keeler gave a presentation on the
AX0775 - philosophy of Charles Peircy that recognizes a goal of knowledge
AX0776 - is accuracy that is never achiveved, but is a constant process of
AX0777 - weighing understandings against actual experience. ref SDS D9 3528
AX0779 - ..
AX0780 - The alphabet replaced spoken poetry as a means to preserve the record.
AX0781 - ref OF 4 6804
AX0783 - POIMS improves alphabet and poetry technologies, explained in the
AX0784 - NWO... paper. ref OF 2 2650
AX0786 - On 991025 POIMS supports "intelligence" to improve hisotrical
AX0787 - reliance on "analysis," ref SDS A7 2846, further developed on
AX0788 - 990218. ref SDS 77 3100
AX0790 - ..
AX0791 - The alphabet has therefore emerged as a powerful public utility,
AX0792 - explained in a meeting with Morris on 970116, ref SDS 48 0002, which
AX0793 - supports a system of writing that enables "civilization" to flourish,
AX0794 - as reviewed on 930112. ref SDS 18 3443, and above. ref SDS 0 6080
AX0796 - The alphabet has been a stable "operating system" for civilization
AX0797 - to evolve applications in science, business, arts and every field
AX0798 - of humanity, recognized in naming Gutenberg as having contributed
AX0799 - the most to advance civilization over the past millennium by
AX0800 - developing the printing press, which is an enabling technology
AX0801 - that leveraged the power of the alphabet, reported on 991010.
AX0802 - ref SDS A0 2548
AX0804 - ..
AX0805 - This stability derives from the fact that human biology evolves
AX0806 - slowly. Once a method was developed that fit its design, no
AX0807 - further changes were needed because the design of the brain is
AX0808 - essentially fixed, as noted in the NWO... paper. ref OF 2 4925
AX0809 - ..
AX0810 - Microsoft's success rests on the same principle that a
AX0811 - single "operating system" for computers, as an extension of the
AX0812 - human mind, is helpful to develop applications. The model of the
AX0813 - operating system as a public utility is less useful for computers,
AX0814 - because unlike the human mind that has fixed capabilities, the
AX0815 - power of computers is growing, and so the operating system must be
AX0816 - constantly improved.
AX0818 - [On 991105 Microsoft anti-trust case was reviewed in relation
AX0819 - to this analysis. ref SDS B4 4088]
AX0821 - ..
AX0822 - Writing improves upon poetry for accurate remembering, and provides
AX0823 - more accurate history by aligning new information with past writings.
AX0824 - Writing imparts "understanding" much better than oral communication,
AX0825 - because it does not require exaggeration to aid memory, and it permits
AX0826 - pausing for reflection, rather than requiring continuous information
AX0827 - flow endemic to oral communication. ref SDS 0 2000
AX0829 - ..
AX0830 - This point is made by comparing use of the word "interpret" in
AX0831 - Homer's Illiad and Odyssey for deciphering dreams and omens, which
AX0832 - reflects an oral form of communication, whereas written text
AX0833 - produced a few centuries later uses "interpret" to mean "analysis"
AX0834 - as in examining facts of evidence, alternative correlations, and
AX0835 - implications of future impacts. ref OF 4 6399
AX0837 - ..
AX0838 - Homer was actually a conglomerate of different people whose
AX0839 - writings have been combined over the years into a single work
AX0840 - known as the Illiad and Odyssey. ref OF 4 5229
AX0842 - ..
AX0843 - Early writing captured methods of thinking prior to literacy, i.e., it
AX0844 - necessarily was largely a recounting of what people said, because that
AX0845 - was the tradition of the time. Writing of history introduced a new
AX0846 - tradition of "analysing" what was said in relation to prior accounts.
AX0847 - ref OF 4 6408 and ref OF 4 7395
AX0849 - ..
AX0850 - Use of the alphabet over centuries transformed methods of thinking, as
AX0851 - seen from comparing early writing that cites superhuman "gods" and
AX0852 - feats, in order to be memorable, per above, ref SDS 0 2000, with
AX0853 - current methods that cite past events as evidence, and present
AX0854 - correlations, implications and nuance.
AX0856 - ..
AX0857 - SDS improves reading and writing, explained on 950204. ref SDS 25 4995
AX0859 - ..
AX0860 - Thus, in the same way that alphabet made possible a stronger form of
AX0861 - human thinking for the reasons set out above explaining the Alphabetic
AX0862 - Mind, ref SDS 0 1620, today, SDS can lift the capacity to think,
AX0863 - remember and communicate, for the reasons set out in POIMS.
AX0864 - ref OF 1 3742
Alphabetic Mind Opposing Argument
Technology that Overwhelms Analysis Deprograms Alphabetic Mind
Analysis Overwhelmed by Information Overload Alphabetic Mind Deprogra
Opposing Argument Against Alphabetic Mind Technology Overwhelms Analy
Information Overload Fog of War Enormous Number of Tools and Features
Mind Numbed Informaiton Highway Alphabetic Mind Deprogramed by Techno
Information Overload Requires SDS to Expedite Being Prepared Needs Ne
Alphabetic Mind Deprogramed by Technology Overwhelms Analysis Informa
Information Overload Limited Time Prevent Investing Time for Analysis
BC1201 - ..
BC1202 - Opposing Argument Against Alphabetic Mind
BC1203 - Technology that Overwhelms Analysis Deprograms Alphabetic Mind
BC1205 - Another author maintains the digital age usurps mechanistic, linear
BC1206 - connectionist (reductionist) thinking of the "alphabetic mind."
BC1207 - ref OF 6 0988, ref OF 6 0100,
BC1209 - http://www.t0.or.at/bfischer/protonet.htm
BC1211 - ..
BC1212 - The author says "orality never existed" distinct from literacy,
BC1213 - because non-literate people use extremely sophisticated methods of
BC1214 - verbal sounds for conversation aided by dancing, gestures, body
BC1215 - paint, and land marks, e.g., a dead tree, distinct oder, to
BC1216 - communicate. ref OF 6 2679 These methods are said to give
BC1217 - illiterates a head start in applying multi-media methods of
BC1218 - current trends in technology. ref OF 6 5256
BC1220 - ..
BC1221 - Illiterates are said to provide a useful model for applying the
BC1222 - Internet. ref OF 6 1365 and ref OF 6 2128
BC1224 - [On 000307 Rolf Jensen forecasts future generations will evolve
BC1225 - toward emotional, hunter/gatherer models of prior epochs.
BC1226 - ref SDS D5 7920
BC1228 - ..
BC1229 - Marshall McLuhan wrote a book in order to advocate the end of
BC1230 - using "books." ref OF 6 0699
BC1232 - I agree that normative forms of information in documents will
BC1233 - give way to a continuous knowledge stream, as exemplified by
BC1234 - the paradigm shift from documents to Knowledge Space set out
BC1235 - in POIMS, ref OF 1 6649, and the NWO. ref OF 2 4212
BC1237 - ..
BC1238 - Author asserts that "... new modes of information management
BC1239 - cannot be grasped by the alphabetical mind. The utilization of
BC1240 - networked, horizontally-distributed, multimedial, connected,
BC1241 - non-linear, non-sequential, non-hierarchical information and
BC1242 - communication machines implies a simultaneous and constantly
BC1243 - renewed invention of the utilization-language itself, beyond the
BC1244 - phonetic alphabetical codes. ref OF 6 2332
BC1246 - [On 001122 John Maloney objects to mechanized thinking.
BC1247 - ref SDS E5 UO6G
BC1249 - ..
BC1250 - [On 010114 John Maloney proposes "talking" about KM is
BC1251 - "doing" KM that produces "sympathized knowledge derived
BC1252 - from socializtion which yields fantastic social contacts.
BC1253 - ref SDS E7 EK3I and ref SDS E7 V24S
BC1255 - ..
BC1256 - [On 040620 John Maloney offers semianr on KM that objects
BC1257 - to mechanist linear reductionist (connectionist) thinking,
BC1258 - offers new vision for 21st century. ref SDS G7 U78Y
BC1260 - ..
BC1261 - This assertion is unsupported.
BC1263 - ...television in the 1960s and subsequent information and
BC1264 - communication technologies are said to cause "... general
BC1265 - deprogramming of the western alphabetical mind result[ing] in a
BC1266 - general loss of self-definition. ref OF 6 6351
BC1268 - ..
BC1269 - This may be a form of explaining the phenomena of information
BC1270 - overload which leads to meaning drift, explained in NWO.
BC1271 - ref OF 2 9449
BC1273 - ..
BC1274 - As stated in POIMS getting confused by too much information
BC1275 - has always been a problem, endemic to human biology.
BC1277 - ..
BC1278 - "Alphabetical imperialism" seems to mean distinguishing literacy
BC1279 - from orality, ref OF 6 0100, and reflects arbitrary political
BC1280 - divisions that can be replaced by an undefined "open model."
BC1281 - ref OF 6 5760
BC1283 - ..
BC1284 - "Networked self" is a phrase proposed that is grounded or
BC1285 - encompasses non-liturate peoples, and which is said to be a
BC1286 - solution for dealing with the digital revolution that overwhelms
BC1287 - the alphabetical mind with too much information. ref OF 6 2128
BC1288 - ..
BC1289 - This problem is cited in POIMS. ref OF 1 0307
BC1291 - ...and in the NWO... ref OF 2 0520
BC1293 - ..
BC1294 - The author's argument fails to persuade that a mind wired to
BC1295 - connect small meanings into larger understandings cannot continue
BC1296 - to benefit from a physical analog of that process, which is the
BC1297 - alphabet, per analysis above. ref SDS 0 4960 The alphabet has
BC1298 - endured unchanged for two millennia because it reflects a basic
BC1299 - cognitive process, noted by Havelock. ref OF 8 0004
BC1301 - ..
BC1302 - Technology must expand the role of analysis that generates
BC1303 - information on structure and sequence, to the more fundamental
BC1304 - process of "intelligence" that converts information into
BC1305 - knowledge, wisdom and vision, by connecting chains of chronologies
BC1306 - of cause and effect. Historically this has been the province of
BC1307 - history.
BC1309 - ..
BC1310 - POIMS technology supports a faster process of generating useful
BC1311 - near-term history, also called "intelligence." ref OF 1 6649
BC1314 - ..
BC1315 - Paradigm Shift from Orality to Literacy Continues
BC1317 - The shift from orality to literacy was not an abrupt and complete
BC1318 - schism, for oral discourse didn't become extinct nor has its influence
BC1319 - on literacy ever been diluted away. The shift from orality to literacy
BC1320 - was a cultural transition, an intellectual paradigm far different
BC1321 - conceptually, technologically, and historically. Thucydides "writing"
BC1322 - of history contended with a tradition of orality, while creating a new
BC1323 - one of literacy. ref OF 4 3355
BC1325 - ..
BC1326 - "Paradigm shifts" require effort for extended periods, as reviewed on
BC1327 - 960612 concerning Lynn Conway explaining struggle to gain acceptance
BC1328 - of VLSI computer chip technology that eventually enabled Intel to
BC1329 - rise, once resistance by executives was overcome. ref SDS 44 1368
BC1332 - ..
BC1333 - Com Metrics Shifts Paradigm from Information to Intelligence
BC1335 - On 921217 identified paradigm shifts flowing from integration of
BC1336 - time and information using SDS. ref SDS 17 1829
BC1338 - As with the change from orality to literacy, the shift from
BC1339 - information to knowledge through Communication Metrics must
BC1340 - contend, as explained on 970830, ref SDS 51 0140, with centuries
BC1341 - of tradition where people have relied on...
BC1343 - ..
BC1344 - printed material commonly called "documentation," rather
BC1345 - than a continuous knowledge stream. ref SDS 51 4775
BC1348 - ..
BC1349 - speaking before thinking (i.e., react on impulse cited in
BC1350 - the letter on medical mistakes, ref DIP 4 4524, rather than
BC1351 - "think" through writing, i.e., writing to discover rather
BC1352 - than inform, developed on 920808. ref SDS 14 0008
BC1354 - ..
BC1355 - fear of accountability for error, rather than working to
BC1356 - improve quality and gain credit, developed on 980405.
BC1357 - ref SDS 57 5065
BC1359 - ..
BC1360 - On 970321 a representative with the US Army Corps of Engineers
BC1361 - attempted to facilitate acceptance of the shift to Communication
BC1362 - Metrics by anchoring the explanation in familiar ground of
BC1363 - "document control," rather than "communication control," which is
BC1364 - a foreign concept at this time. ref SDS 50 0866
Alphabet Counterintuitive Hard to Learn Foundation of Civilization
BT0401 - ..
BT0402 - Children Learn Literacy, Adults Practice Oral Communication
BT0403 - Intelligence Powerful Technology for Classroom and Office of Today
BT0405 - The history of alphabet technology and literacy from reviewing the
BT0406 - Legend of Prometheous, above, ref SDS 0 5628, yields a solution for
BT0407 - information overload that plagues the modern era, ref OF 2 0481, by
BT0408 - using SDS for continual learning, per POIMS "intelligence" process.
BT0409 - ref OF 1 6649
BT0411 - ..
BT0412 - Development of the Greek alphabet about 700 BC was a major advance in
BT0413 - technology that aids human memory. About 300 years later, Thucydides
BT0414 - figured out how to use the alphabet for analysis, which greatly aids
BT0415 - human reasoning, i.e., intelligence. per above. ref SDS 0 3339
BT0417 - ..
BT0418 - Over the ensuing two millennia technology has so perfected the means
BT0419 - of creating information that now people are forced to rely on
BT0420 - impulsive thinking endemic to orality in meetings, calls and email,
BT0421 - that causes mistakes, problems, crisis, loss and conflict, above,
BT0422 - ref SDS 0 0616, citing "meaning drift," explained in the letter,
BT0423 - ref DIP 4 4524, on 990924. ref SDS 96 0279 and more recently on
BT0424 - 991101. ref SDS B0 2800
BT0426 - ..
BT0427 - On 950204 this was characterized as the "fragility of knowledge."
BT0428 - ref SDS 25 0550
BT0430 - ..
BT0431 - The solution is to strengthen literacy with a new technology that
BT0432 - expands analysis, i.e., "intelligence," ref OF 1 0582, and to strike a
BT0433 - better balance between literacy and orality, by adding a new role to
BT0434 - use SDS technology for capturing a greater share of daily experience
BT0435 - as an expanding resource of history, i.e., "intelligence."
BT0437 - [On 000925 letter to Stanford to advance education. ref SDS E1
BT0438 - 0001
BT0440 - ..
BT0441 - [On 001011 letter to SRI on education initiative. ref SDS E3 3Y2P
BT0443 - ..
BT0444 - [On 010619 government contract agency recognizes need to improve
BT0445 - literacy. ref SDS F0 KWSQ
BT0448 - ..
BT0449 - Pressures to Expedite Using Conversation Errode Reliance on Literacy
BT0451 - Since information has accelerated, so too, the writing of history must
BT0452 - be accelerated. SDS has a lot of "firepower" to support this new
BT0453 - reality of a new world order, as reported on 950204. ref SDS 25 4995
BT0455 - ..
BT0456 - However, cultural drift, cited in NWO... , creates conflicting
BT0457 - traditions at the dawn of the millennium. ref OF 2 5827
BT0459 - [On 020204 Enron collapsed in bankruptcy failing to follow good
BT0460 - management practice to document an audit trail showing compliance
BT0461 - with instructions from the Board. ref SDS F4 P49F
BT0463 - ..
BT0464 - [On 020927 cultural drift is evident from comparing business
BT0465 - practices of the 1940s and 50s that emphasized accurate
BT0466 - communication, ref SDS F9 W682, whereas, current practice eschews
BT0467 - accuracy because people fear the light of knowledge more than the
BT0468 - darkness of ignorance. ref SDS F9 W657
BT0470 - ..
BT0471 - [On 030804 SBC and Pac Bell telephone company managers are unable
BT0472 - to manage information in documents, and so rely entirely on
BT0473 - conversation with customers. ref SDS G0 HK37
BT0475 - ..
BT0476 - [On 050728 GE has similar policies to Enron that ignore standards
BT0477 - for good management due to fear of accountability. ref SDS H1 AO66
BT0479 - ..
BT0480 - Starting out in school children begin transitioning from exclusive
BT0481 - reliance on orality to skills and applications of literacy. Over
BT0482 - 3,000 years of cultural advance are compressed into 12 years of
BT0483 - learning, discussed above. ref SDS 0 5628 The classroom teaches and
BT0484 - rewards skills in written analysis, review of history for lessons
BT0485 - learned, and mathematics for organization and precision.
BT0487 - ..
BT0488 - Literacy is the core competency of civilization. ref OF 14 0001
BT0490 - [On 010622 literacy makes people "superhuman." ref SDS F1 N668
BT0492 - ..
BT0493 - Success learning literacy shown by scholastic grades is rewarded by
BT0494 - facilitating transition joining the work force. Good grades often
BT0495 - mean getting a "good" job and "good" pay. Therefore, being good at
BT0496 - reading and writing, i.e., literacy, is "good," i.e., like god.
BT0498 - ..
BT0499 - Once on the job, however, a slow reverse transition begins that grows
BT0500 - farther and farther from reliance on reading and writing, to the point
BT0501 - where daily work is almost entirely based on talking and hearing,
BT0502 - i.e., orality, dialog, word of mouth, guess and gossip, warm fuzzy
BT0503 - feelings, hunch and hope foraging on a constant stream of information
BT0504 - from meetings, calls, and email, with attendant weaknesses of oral
BT0505 - communication cited above. ref SDS 0 7426
BT0507 - [On 011102 research shows professional people have turned to
BT0508 - conversation as the primary tool for Knowledge Management.
BT0509 - ref SDS F3 H461
BT0511 - ..
BT0512 - [On 020504 study shows professional standards for communication
BT0513 - practices and requirements on good management specified in FAR,
BT0514 - ISO, Health Care, Covey, Drucker, law, contract notice provisions,
BT0515 - and 2,000 years of literacy for contemporaneous documentation for
BT0516 - alignment and feedback to work intelligently, quickly, and
BT0517 - accurately are ignored in government, business, health care, every
BT0518 - sector. ref SDS F5 NS6F
BT0520 - ..
BT0521 - [On 020820 email is equated with discussion that fosters relaxed
BT0522 - effort concerning accuracy in order to move conversation forward.
BT0523 - ref SDS F6 UQ9L
BT0525 - ..
BT0526 - [On 030804 SBC and Pac Bell telephone company managers are unable
BT0527 - to manage information in documents, and so rely entirely on
BT0528 - conversation with customers. ref SDS G0 HK37
BT0530 - ..
BT0531 - [On 050728 GE employees cannot communicate with customers in
BT0532 - writing for accurate understandings. ref SDS H1 7I5L
BT0534 - ..
BT0535 - [On 080404 UCSF medical professionals feel conversation is so fast
BT0536 - and easy, that there is not enough time to write up feedback that
BT0537 - verifies accuracy of understandings, ref SDS H4 YO6G; writing to
BT0538 - authenticate conversation seems like unnecessary overkill.
BT0539 - ref SDS H4 O166
BT0541 - ..
BT0542 - [On 080410 UCSF wants patient to call so that someone can
BT0543 - document a call rather than respond to documentation submitted
BT0544 - by the patient. ref SDS H5 U59F
BT0546 - ..
BT0547 - Why?
BT0549 - ..
BT0550 - Limited time is a slippery slope to laziness. Everybody is trying to
BT0551 - expedite, i.e., to be a good "problem handler," discussed with Ross on
BT0552 - 980808. ref SDS 59 4140
BT0554 - ..
BT0555 - Talking seems fast and easy compared to writing that requires time for
BT0556 - deliberation to verify accuracy and organize the record. Working from
BT0557 - memory in conversation takes no time to organize anything; whereas,
BT0558 - writing piles up, taking more and more time for organization needed to
BT0559 - find relevant details to verify accuracy and discover correlations,
BT0560 - implications and nuance overlooked in conversation. Laziness drives
BT0561 - desire to avoid diligence and rely on conversation that occurs in the
BT0562 - moment, rather perform the hard work of knowledge management that
BT0563 - converts implicit (tacit) knowledge (hunch, guess, gossip, memory),
BT0564 - into a useful body of accurate, explicit knowledge.
BT0566 - [On 000307 knowledge management is a lot of hard work using
BT0567 - conventional technologies and practices. ref SDS D5 767G
BT0569 - ..
BT0570 - Nobody has time to think, reported on 970910. ref SDS 52 3479
BT0572 - ..
BT0573 - Fear of accountability transforms people from thinking through writing
BT0574 - to thinking spontaneously through conversation, reported on 980405.
BT0575 - ref SDS 57 5065
BT0577 - ..
BT0578 - Talking and listening are entertainment, with strong inherent social
BT0579 - rewards. ref SDS 0 4505 The mystique of the Pied Piper convincing
BT0580 - people to say "yes," is a powerful incentive for reliance on the
BT0581 - entertainment dimension of communication, as related in reviewing
BT0582 - Covey on 921205. ref SDS 16 4820 Economic rewards of selling cause
BT0583 - university and executive training to focus on dialog skills, reported
BT0584 - on 950523 reviewing Com Metrics class for the Wharton School of
BT0585 - Business. ref SDS 31 2130
BT0587 - ..
BT0588 - However, false knowledge due to meaning drift, explained in POIMS,
BT0589 - ref OF 1 8316, is magnified by talking and listening. Mistakes are
BT0590 - hidden, because impacts are transferred to others and are deferred, as
BT0591 - explained in analysis on the high cost of medical mistakes on 990924.
BT0592 - ref DIP 4 1680
BT0594 - [On 991123 executive training teaches verbal skills. ref SDS B7
BT0595 - 1989
BT0597 - ..
BT0598 - [On 991227 mistakes in executive communication. ref SDS C7 9844
BT0600 - ..
BT0601 - [On 030804 SBC and Pac Bell telephone company managers are unable
BT0602 - to manage information in documents, and so rely entirely on
BT0603 - conversation with customers. ref SDS G0 HK37
BT0605 - ..
BT0606 - Since errors from meaning drift are hidden, and impacts are deferred,
BT0607 - the benefits of orality for entertainment is reinforced, and there is
BT0608 - no proactive cultural artifact, such as grades, that rewards literacy.
BT0610 - ..
BT0611 - Since colleagues and competitors are subject to the same common social
BT0612 - forces, the cost of mistakes and missed opportunities is not an
BT0613 - effective metric to increase reliance on literacy, because the cost of
BT0614 - illiteracy is accepted in reduced earnings, higher prices and
BT0615 - insurance premiums.
BT0617 - An example is a doctor who proudly recalls getting an A for a 40
BT0618 - page report in college analysing a theoretical patient with
BT0619 - multiple ills, showing alternative treatment plans and tests based
BT0620 - on symptoms and medical history.
BT0622 - ..
BT0623 - Now 30 years later, the doctor proudly reports not having ever
BT0624 - written a treatment plan, reviewed medical history nor anlaysed
BT0625 - alternatives, because "... when I see a patient, they tell me the
BT0626 - problem and my examination shows everything I need to know for
BT0627 - effective treatment." If I make a mistake, I simply adjust the
BT0628 - treatment, so there is no need to waste time with analysis, as we
BT0629 - did in college.
BT0631 - ..
BT0632 - A scenario illustrating this practice is developed on 991028 from
BT0633 - an actual case study in 1997. ref SDS A8 2078
BT0635 - ..
BT0636 - The same is true for the mechanic, the CEO, the engineer, the
BT0637 - lawyer, the farmer and so on.
BT0639 - ..
BT0640 - "Adjusting treatment" is also called "rework," reviewed by the U.S.
BT0641 - Army Corps of Engineers in a report on 971007. ref DRP 4 4680
BT0643 - ..
BT0644 - Since neither grades nor cost point to the need for literacy, the
BT0645 - trend toward oral communication accelerates over a career under the
BT0646 - guise of "saving time," also called "problem handling," "expediting,"
BT0647 - being "efficient" and "cost conscious," to justify satisfying the
BT0648 - underlying biological impulse for reacting spontaneously, explained in
BT0649 - POIMS, ref OF 1 4079, rather than using the alphabet to analyse, and
BT0650 - to use SDS for adding "intelligence" to management.
BT0652 - ..
BT0653 - People in the work place, pressed for time, sense a critical
BT0654 - distinction: talking is fast and easy, and writing is slow and hard.
BT0657 - Fast and easy v. Slow and Hard
BT0660 - ...leads people, absent leadership, to opt for orality rather than
BT0661 - analysis, organization and feedback.
BT0663 - ..
BT0664 - Fear of accountability is greater than fear of mistakes.
BT0666 - ..
BT0667 - Another distinction on the minds of top executives is that fast
BT0668 - talking makes it easier to get credit when things go well, that leads
BT0669 - to promotion; and, fast talking avoids accountability for problems;
BT0670 - whereas, writing is never read when things go well, so the credit goes
BT0671 - to the fast talkers. Nobody ever gets an A for preparing a good memo
BT0672 - on the job. But, when things don't go well, writing things down
BT0673 - brings accountability due to fast talking lawyers.
BT0676 - ..
BT0677 - promotion v. accountability
BT0680 - ...leads people, absent leadership, to opt for talking rather than
BT0681 - analysis, under feel good management practice explained in the NWO...
BT0682 - ref OF 2 0899
BT0684 - ..
BT0685 - Benefits from the strength of literacy for analysis -- objectivity,
BT0686 - perspective, permanence to human thought -- gradually become viewed as
BT0687 - disadvantages in the work place, leading most people to seek refuge in
BT0688 - the weakness of orality, ref SDS 0 7426, in order to escape
BT0689 - accountability, reported on 980405. ref SDS 57 5065
BT0691 - ..
BT0692 - Knowledge of defective O Rings on the Challenger space shuttle were
BT0693 - not reported in order to prevent a failed space launch that killed
BT0694 - astronauts and cost $100M of dollars. ref OF 15 0978 This was
BT0695 - reviewed on 921021 from a Cal Tech seminar. ref SDS 15 4499
BT0697 - ..
BT0698 - On 990525 engineers don't want to write things down, they want to rush
BT0699 - ahead and do the technology, and managers pressure engineers to cut
BT0700 - corners on writing things down in order to expdite the work.
BT0701 - ref SDS 85 0966
BT0703 - [On 000517 project in Texas showed that adding intelligence to
BT0704 - management saves time, but there is usually not enough time for
BT0705 - literacy. ref SDS D8 2064
BT0707 - ..
BT0708 - [On 001004 worry that literacy requires too much diligence.
BT0709 - ref SDS E2 B7Z4
BT0711 - ..
BT0712 - [On 050728 GE employees cannot communicate with customers in
BT0713 - writing for accurate understandings. ref SDS H1 7I5L
BT0715 - ..
BT0716 - These strong social pressures against improving literacy, were cited
BT0717 - on 990527. Adding "intelligence to management is a "disruptive
BT0718 - technology," ref SDS 86 1233, and on 990507 "attitudes" need to change
BT0719 - in order to help management. ref SDS 84 4732
BT0721 - [On 000925 letter to Stanford to advance education. ref SDS E1
BT0722 - 0001
BT0724 - ..
BT0725 - [On 001011 letter to SRI on education initiative. ref SDS E3 3Y2P
BT0727 - ..
BT0728 - Those few who maintain a literate work practice, exercising diligence
BT0729 - through copious analysis that avoids the ambiguity of mental maps,
BT0730 - from review of Andy Grove's book on 980307, ref SDS 56 3668; and those
BT0731 - who grab a pen and start writing at the end of meetings, have a better
BT0732 - chance of becoming successful CEOs, according to Fortune reviewed on
BT0733 - 990625. ref SDS 88 1024
BT0735 - ..
BT0736 - "Analysis" is an element of intelligence in POIMS that is supported by
BT0737 - SDS, ref OF 0 0582 It is set out on 991025, advocated by Drucker,
BT0738 - Landauer, et al., ref SDS A7 5888, as a key solution to meaning
BT0739 - drift, later explained on 991101. ref SDS B0 2800
BT0741 - ..
BT0742 - On 991028 Peter Drucker honored Gutenberg in an article about the role
BT0743 - of technology in a "knowledge revolution." ref SDS A7 3060 Gutenberg
BT0744 - was honored on 991010 as the leading figure advancing civilization in
BT0745 - the past 1000 years because his printing press spread the benefits of
BT0746 - literacy that supports analysis. ref SDS A0 3056
BT0748 - [On 991204 national initiative launched to reduce medical mistakes.
BT0749 - ref SDS C2 0889
BT0752 - ..
BT0753 - New Tools and Roles (Scribe) Needed for Knowledge Revolution
BT0755 - Since, as seen above, strong cultural forces turn the benefits of
BT0756 - literacy into disadvantages, ref SDS 0 7520, "analysis" relying on
BT0757 - remembering and mental pondering is no longer sufficient to deal with
BT0758 - a faster pace of information in the modern era. Therefore, a stronger
BT0759 - practice is needed in moving into a new millennium, defined as...
BT0762 - ..
BT0763 - intelligence
BT0766 - ...in POIMS, ref OF 1 0582, explained also on 991028. ref SDS A7 2846
BT0767 - ..
BT0768 - This reflects findings in the report by the U.S. Army Corps of
BT0769 - Engineers on 970328. ref DRP 3 8449 and 18 months later on 980803 Max
BT0770 - Blodgett noted continuing need for a modern "scribe." ref SDS 58 4712
BT0773 - ..
BT0774 - Research Spawns Further Inquiry to Move Civilization Forward
BT0776 - As a result of Hutch's industry, ref SDS 0 4355, decided to contact
BT0777 - the author of the work on Thucydides, ref SDS 0 7048, about supporting
BT0778 - NSF research project, ref OF 16 0001, on improving the alphabet to
BT0779 - support better history.
BT0781 - ..
BT0782 - Submitted ref DIT 1 0001 to Mark Rutkus at the Ohio State University
BT0783 - explaining how to improve the alphabet and requested comments.
BT0785 - This letter bounced back saying the address no longer exists, so
BT0786 - he may have left the University.
BT0788 - ..
BT0789 - Found another site looking for the "alphabetical mind," which is
BT0790 - included in a review of a book...
BT0792 - http://www.hup.harvard.edu/S98Books/S98Catalog/avatars_word.html
BT0795 - Avatars of the Word
BT0798 - ..
BT0799 - Written by professor James O'Donnell at University of Pennsylvania.
BT0801 - ..
BT0802 - Submitted ref DIT 2 0001 seeking support for NSF study project, based
BT0803 - on the work in POIMS. ref OF 1
BT0805 - ..
BT0806 - A third letter, ref DIT 3 0001, went to professor John Hilton in the
BT0807 - Classical Studies Department at the University of Natal in Durban,
BT0808 - South Africa, because they developed the site that explained the
BT0809 - history of the alphabet. ref SDS 0 2277
BT0811 - [On 991116 received response from John. ref SDS B5 0001