Structured Thinking System: Attributes and Constraints

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Sir Francis Bacon

One of my regular readers has asked me to put Lao-Tzu aside and tighten up my language. Since he is a Director of Emergency Management for a metropolitian area, I can understand his requirement for clarity and brevity. So I will put away my gong and see what I can do regarding what he says. He also asked me if I intend to use this concept and I want to make it clear that I will be the first to use it and I will use it until it works smoothly before putting anyone else at risk.

Another question that has come up is my continual tinkering with the terminology. I am doing so because the semantics are crucial to understanding this concept. I have found so far that wrestling with the terms reveals new layers of the concept I hadn’t seen before. For example, I have to distinguish between induction and deduction using a consistent terminology. This is not always obvious at first and requires several interations of refinement. I also wish to create a set of terms that are easy to remember. For example, I have been attempting to find a six letter word that starts with “RE” and means “trust”. Quite accidentally I came upon the term “REPOSE” and will be incorporating it into the vocabulary.

Anyone who has been following the full thread of this blog has probably discovered one of the underlying conclusions I have reached regarding the variety of Hexads I have created and explored. That conclusion is that the Six Hats, Six Coats Framework is a Cartesian Square. I also believe that the Structured Thinking System Entities are a Cartesian square. And now I am faced with the challenge of using the verb REPORT to create the attributes for the thirty-six Structured Thinking System entities.

Here is the latest version of the Structured Thinking System Entities:


I have already concluded the REPORT verb works with only six attributes:

  1. Motive
  2. Person
  3. Method
  4. Object
  5. Locale
  6. Moment

The RECORD verb is constrained to only six values per attribute:

  1. Motive: Reality, Unity, Quality, Quantity, Safety, Remedy
  2. Person: Creator, Leader, Master, Novice, Guide, Contact
  3. Method: Revise, Relate, Report, Record, Repose, Replace
  4. Object: Motive, Person, Method, Object, Locale, Moment
  5. Locale: Universal, Global, Official, Collegial, Habitual, Physical
  6. Moment: Year, Month, Day, Hour, Minute, Second

One of each of these attribute values are captured by the RECORD verb to define a Structured Thinking System entity’s state. The Structured Thinking System relationships define which of the states can be assigned according to the hierarchy.

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Structured Thinking System: Entities

When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
Anatole France

Here is the final version of the STS Entities:


And here are the STS Entities abstracted:


So what have I accomplished? What I have done is defined the six fundamental motives (Green Coat column), the six fundamental personas (Blue Coat column), the six fundamental objects (White Coat column), the six fundamental methods (Yellow Coat column) , the six fundamental locales (Black Coat column) and the six fundamental moments (Red Coat column) of the human experience. These are the entities of the Structured Thinking System. Alternatively, I have defined the six focuses of the creativity perspective (Green Hat row), the six focuses of the relativity perspective (Blue Hat row), the six focuses of the objectivity perspective (White Hat row), the six focuses of the optimicity perspective (Yellow Hat row), the six focuses of the pessimicity perspective (Black Hat row) and the six focuses of the intuitivity perspective (Red Hat row).

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Structured Thinking System: Moments

If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.
Lao Tzu


  1. YEAR refers to universal time. Moral Law duration.
  2. MONTH refers to global time. Command duration.
  3. DAY refers to corporate time. Discipline duration.
  4. HOUR refers to scholarly time. Training duration.
  5. MINUTE refers to domestic time. Terrain duration.
  6. SECOND refers to bodily time. Climate duration.

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Structured Thinking System: Motives

At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.
Lao Tzu

Out of my work on the Structured Thinking Language I have come to the realization that it is best suited to describe systems based upon its own core principles. Sort of a “it’s turtles all the way down” recursion.


I will systematically go through them and discuss their characteristics starting with Green Coat: Motives.

The MOTIVE column: Verity, Unity, Quality, Quantity, Safety, Entity.

The MOTIVE column is based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Originally, I thought that the hierarchy required an additional level at the bottom to deal with interoceptive and exteroceptive perception, but as I worked with several other hexads I came to conclude that instead, as Maslow came to conclude, it required another level at the top. Maslow called this top level trascendence, but in the context of the other hexads I decided to call it Verity. Verity is defined as “1. the state or quality of being true; accordance with fact or reality and 2. something that is true, as a principle, belief, idea, or statement.” Personally, I consider it as “the desire to right what is wrong.” The next motive is Unity which is defined as “containing all the elements properly belonging”. Maslow uses the fancy term “self-actualization”, but I think a self-actualized person can simply be called an unified person. The third motive is Quality which is defined as “uniqueness and value”. The fourth motive is Quantity “low cost participation”. The fifth motive is Safety which can be defined “freedom from the occurrence or risk of injury, danger, or loss”. The sixth motive is Entity which I define as “existing or being”. One Verity has many Unities; one Unity has many Qualities; one Quality has many Quantities, one Quantity has many Safeties; one Safety has many Relieves and, here’s the clincher, One Relief has many Verities.

In Summary:

  1. Verity is to achieve Moral Law.
  2. Unity is to achieve Command.
  3. Quality is to achieve Discipline.
  4. Quantity is to achieve Training.
  5. Safety is to achieve Terrain.
  6. Relief is to achieve Climate.

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