, as Heidegger used the term in this essays on technology.
An example / case in point (Shows how dealing with the concrete conditions ratiocination?):
I know that one of the promised benefits of E2.0 is "emergence" in the sense that it "surfaces" (active verb!) innovative thinking.
That "surfacing" function is, for me, key to a sense-making system. Take a typical good thread in, say, OpenDemocracy.net
... "Why are Americans in denial about empire?
" was created almost three years ago (2yrs, 47wks to be precise). It's still active, with 2 extreeeeeemely long pages carrying a total of 105 comments.
"The Power of Nightmares
"was created over 4 years ago ... 342 comments. "McCain-Palin: A winning ticket for the GOP
" was created only 11 weeks ago but already has 287 comments.
Who will notice the gems scattered throughout those bulky aggregations? How can we not feel a pang at the amount of effort, good will, and clear thinking that's being ... well, frittered away.
Or, better, how can we provide a better method, if we cannot harvest / re-purpose what has gone before?
How to counteract this linearity without abstracting? What came to mind immediately while mulling this over was the absence of a term ... what to name "counteract this linearity without abstracting"?
I thought about dynamical systems and the way they're re-entrant. (Feed-back/feed-forward, yaa?)
And it occurred to me that the "line" was, if not salient, most probably a necessary component in the set of processes that lead to the generation of subsequent salient points. So it's not dead space ... the intervening items are not mere noise, even if all they do is impose a creative pause.
So instead of two star points, there was a thread along which two points suggested themselves as salient.
A Koch curve!
As though a julia set ... a multi-pointed star, where the tips of the arms can be arbitrarily close together and the line (surface?) in between can be impractically long.
Not islands in a sea of noise ...
... eruptions from a dynamic mass.
So: that's what my "ParDelib" system generates because of it's operational basis.
"If it doesn't matter, then it isn't important ... regardless how much fun or how interesting it is."