Structure: Solid, Liquid, Gas

After some reflection, I think the metaphor of structured, semi-structured and unstructured unities is incorrect. For example, there are structured, semi-structured and unstructured data, however the examples Steve Hoffman provides are incorrect. A relational database is structured data, however both a spreadsheet and a text document are both semi-structured data. They are just at either end of a spectrum. Unstructured data is data which is a complete exception–there exists no format to make it readable. Ultimately, it is simply ignored by the system because, though it may have value it cannot be captured.

If my hypothesis is correct, then there is more semi-structured examples of each of the unities than any other type.


Sun Tzu, Water and Unstructured Systems

Sun Tzu, Water and Unstructured Systems

Military tactics are like unto water; for water in its natural course runs away from high places and hastens downwards.

So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak.

Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing.

Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions.

He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain.

. . .

The onset of troops is like the rush of a torrent which will even roll stones along in its course.

. . .

– Sun Tzu, The Art of War


Structure: Solid, Liquid, Gas

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Systema: People Structure

Clay Shirky reveals the implications of structured, semi-structured and unstructured people

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Systema: Structure

I just read a white paper by Steve Hoberman on Structured, Semi-Structured and Unstructured data. It immediately lead me to take this paradigm and apply it to each of the six unities. This gave me the following table:

For Datum, Steve gave the examples of a relational database for structured, a spreadsheet for semi-structured and a text document for unstructured.

I will be thinking about examples to fill in all the remaining cells.

Perhaps there is No Grand Unified Theory

When R. Buckminster Fuller attempted to find the smallest solids that could fill space he made an interesting discovery.  He rejected cubes as unstable and found that not one solid, but two were required:  the tetrahedron and the octahedron.  The product of his work was the octet truss which he patented.

When we look at classical and quantum physics we deal with not one but two versions of reality.  The unobserved reality and the observed reality.  Unobserved reality is a tetrahedron composed of four unities:

  1. Energy
  2. Mass
  3. Space
  4. Time

Observed reality is an octahedron composed of six unities:

  1. Cause
  2. Observer
  3. Energy
  4. Mass
  5. Space
  6. Time

Each unity is composed of three dimensions.  Therefore, the unobserved universe is twelve dimensional and the observed universe is eighteen dimensional.  At least, that is my hypothesis.  The unobserved and observed universe join like the equilateral faces of a tetrahedron and an octahedron to create the universe as it behaves in an infinite matrix of octet space.