Systema: Six Interrogatives and Four Associations

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Since I have been thinking about the dimensionality of Einstein’s universe and the associations within the six interrogatives, it has led me to wonder about how the two fit together.  I have expressed it in the above diagram.  The association types are the rows and the interrogatives the columns.  We immediately have four dimensions for each interrogative.  Food for thought as I think about my current reading on network theory.

This hearkens back to a model I did in June 2007:

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You can see by using an association table for each interrogative this model provides for all the possible associations within the ontology.  However, I do not think this model is complete.  I’ll discuss that a bit later.

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Jared Diamond: Societal Collapse

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If you listen carefully to what Jared Diamond is saying in the TED video above, he is describing not a five part, but a six part power curve into a systemic singularity. This has been one of the core themes of discussion of this blog.  We all seem to be too close to our problems to see the commonality.  The interrogatives come into play here:

  1. Goals
  2. People
  3. Functions
  4. Forms
  5. Times
  6. Distances

Times and Distances being the basis on which the higher orders are built.

When we look at the recent economic “crisis” we see 300 trillion in currency circulating and roughly 1 trillion to 2 trillion shifting suddenly and unexpectedly.  We witnessed a systemic collapse, a singularity, a tipping point, a power curve, an exponential change, a phase transition or whatever label you want to call it.  These have been happening everywhere since Time and Distance began in different contexts and orders both in human and non-human systems.

What Jared Diamond and other alarmists are implying is that human society is now a system approaching its final singularity in this century on this planet.  We are implying that today we are experiencing a less than one percent crisis on a power curve into a singularity.  How many more iterations will the global system withstand?  Will humanity make the step into space successfully before we experience a global dark age?  How will the six or more factors in the power curve play out?

The truth to me appears to be that power curves whether they play out or not result in either a systemic climax or anti-climax followed by a systemic collapse.  Would it not be better if we experienced a systemic climax that led to us expanding into the solar system?

Systemic collapse seems to be the fashion of this generation.  Every generation looks with fascination at its own youth, maturition, reproduction and acceleration into mortality.  Some die early, some die late, but all die.  It is an irrevocable law of nature.  It is not about self-interest.  It is about what self-interest is defined as.

Related Posts:

Beyond the Singularity

Servitas and Libertas

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Systema: You Don’t Need More

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Murray Gell-Mann in this TED.com video reveals a core truth in the beauty of physics that explains my adherence to the six interrogatives. The core truth is “you don’t need something more to get something more”. You don’t need more than the six interrogatives to explain most systems. What you need is a better understanding of the six interrogatives. It does not diminish all the other concepts to say they are emergent from the core concept. The core concept offers something not the product of the human mind, unity, symmetry, self-similarity across the scales.

  • Why – Cause
  • Who – Observer
  • How – Energy
  • What – Mass
  • Where – Space
  • When – Time

As Einstein put it:

Energy = Mass * Space * Space / Time / Time

This gives us the equation:

How = What * Where * Where / When / When

Or as Zachman puts it:

Function = Data * Network * Network / Time / Time

Can you see systems differently?

Systema: Orientational, Decisional, Actual

Orientational
Why – one of the six causalities
Who – one of the six identities within a causality
Decisional
How – one of the six qualities within an identity
What – one of the six quantities within a quality
Actual
Where – one of the six spatialities within a quantity
When – one of the six temporalities within a spatiality

What I have just defined, finally, are the six dimensions of the interrogative hypercube. Six to the sixth power. That’s 46,656 unique combinations.

The temporal, spatial, quantal, qualal, idental and causal entities are each three dimensional, I hazard to guess, because each is a higher level abstraction of the same phenomena. Three dimensional space is an abstraction of three dimensional time; three dimensional quantity is a an abstraction of three dimensional space and so on.

Systema: Seven Revolutions…or is it Six?

Came across the Seven Revolutions website and explored it to conclude that they want us to think about the six interrogatives globally over the next 20 years. That’s what I said, six not seven. Their classification system is incorrect. However, do not let this stop you from exploring the site. It is worth the effort.

So ask yourself, how will the following change over the next 20 years:

  1. Existence – Light, Air, Water, Food, Climate, Sensation
  2. Estate – Security, Property, Shelter, Mobility, Perception
  3. Education – Communication, Assembly, Speech, Media, Data
  4. Employment – Professions, Trades, Processes, Methods, Information
  5. Governance – Leadership, Followership, Relationships, Knowledge
  6. Conscience – Religion, Philosophy, Moral Law, Cause, Wisdom

What’s Right with the Zachman Framework

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu
Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)

I just finished reading Graeme Simsion’s article What’s Wrong With The Zachman Framework? and found his opinions to be quite shallow.  His opinions show a limited exposure to the basic interrogatives–only as John Zachman has portrayed them–and a lack of knowledge that every modeling language uses combinations of the interrogatives to convey meaning.  The interrogatives are rarely dealt with individually and even Zachman makes this mistake in his examples regarding the focuses.

First, Simsion attacks the limitation of six perspectives.  He advocates adding a volume and cost perspective to the interrogatives.  He doesn’t realize that volume and value are irrelevant because the six interrogatives are scalable.  Second, the architecture metaphor is challenged.  Simsion never abstracted Zachman’s model.  If he had he would realize that the architectural metaphor conceals what the six perspectives are actually about:  Entities, Relationships, Attributes, Constraints, Definitions and Manipulations.  Third, Simsion claims there is no evidence of the plausibility of the Zachman Framework.  He fails to recognize that every modeling system is using the interrogatives to only partial effect and deriving significant benefits in quantity and quality of product.  There at this time is no product that integrates all of the interrogatives in the Zachman Framework.  Simsion also criticizes the framework for his inability to incorporate object oriented projects into it.  The reason for this is because he doesn’t realize that objects must be treated as attributes not as entities as laid down by Chris Date in his Third Manifesto.

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The truth is the interrogatives have a foundation that goes back over three thousand years across every human culture.  A human system has six scalable characteristics:  Who, What, When, Where, How and Why.  A non-human system has four scalable characteristics:  What, When, Where and How.  I don’t recall anyone asking Einstein about Volume or Cost when he wrote E=mc².

Simsion’s article is a tribute to ignorance.  John Zachman’s interpretation only scratches the surface.