[iDC] iDC Digest, Vol 54, Issue 12

Paul Prueitt psp at ontologystream.com
Tue Jun 9 15:54:40 UTC 2009

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Dear colleagues,

This next academic year, I will be teaching introduction to computer  
science (two sections) at a small but very elite university in  
Northern VT.   I have posted on this forum in the past and am a three 
+ year (oh does time fly) reader.

So I expect that a public commons based on my work will be available  
with teleconferencing between universities and other locations.  This  
is an invitation.

I am in Austin Texas now and working on establishing a "secondSchool"  
network in Texas.  We look to build an extension and separation from  
Second Life, in the form of a public common (meaning everything is  
designed with responsibility assignable to participants. Clearly  
security is addressed with the technology- so a new capacity is to be  
made available - as a no cost public sector provided "service".)

With respects, I wish to discuss the shift being visited by David,

and will develop a thesis:

The non-availability of knowledge management and ontological modeling  
is a major fact in the turn to entertainment.

Some History:
This history of virtual worlds is well known to Dr Kriste Bellman,  
and others whose effort within defense communities created the  
foundation for multiple user domains, such as Second Life, or Palace,  
or etc...  Twitter is not equipped with true knowledge management  
tools, as is proposed by myself (in 1999).  But it could be, and thus  
follow the model of Grove (used at DARPA etc all during the first  
part of the decade and last part of last decade.

On Jun 9, 2009, at 7:00 AM, idc-request at mailman.thing.net wrote:

> Naturally, the talk turned to social media as a possibility and an  
> obstacle
> for such organization.
> His advice to me, based on anecdotal evidence, was to advise students
> against using social media for organizing until they had strong  
> face-to-face
> relationships.  And then, only use it sparingly, as a tool.  His  
> experience,
> based on work with 20-50 year old working folks was that attitudes  
> quickly
> devolve into patterns consistent with the consumption of  
> entertainment--you
> do it when you have time, when it is fun, and with the multitude of
> available channels of information it is too easy to avoid bare-knuckle
> conflicts (even when exchanges become hot).  In his view, the  
> contexts which
> require organizing the most are those which are going to be risky-- 
> where you
> might lose your job, face retaliation, and, in some cases, get  
> beaten.  And
> so, you need a tight social relationship in which people are  
> willing to
> sacrifice for each other.  His efforts at organizing online were  
> weak...
> they generated good talk among those who participated...  but they  
> did not
> translate into a strong group, unless the group was rooted in face- 
> to-face
> relationships.
> The view he articulated to me was basically the one that I had been  
> moving
> more closely to over the years--watching students organize an  
> organization
> with 200 members on facebook, and then showing up to an empty meeting.

A background for my thesis is being structured into a book "Bridge to  
the Future".

The down load is www.mathPedagogy.com/bridge.doc.  This is a peer  
review request, not a publication as yet.

There is always posted the dated last version (As of this morning -  
136 pages - small type).

Collaboration within the community of scholars

I am looking for collaboration from social networking community and  
academic communities in specific areas such as evolutionary  
psychology, and theoretical biologic, or quantum theory.  Essential  
information theory and social theory - along with the neurology and  

I will make detailed analytic response to this forum.  And will  
request, after a few exchanges, that a separate group form within  
some public commons platform.

Sub-thesis:  The students, and our society as a whole, may do as  
humans and human social systems do; but in an entirely new way.

The formation of a specific paradigmatic foundation is possible  
because we use language.

As a consequence of specific cultural histories,  the enhanced  
capability to form various paradigmatic foundations is resulting in  
new social behaviors never seen in past history.  These foundations  
are in essence, our viewpoints.  Acquired learning disability and  
avoidance behaviors rwt mathematics is thus re-framed (framing in the  
sense of G. Lakoff) as the first two memetic shifts (see for example  

We see evolution and change occurring around us.   The primary  
"improvement" (an evolution I see) is in developing the "common"  
capacity to shift from one set of foundational elements to a  
completely different set of foundational elements, and then back -  

Why is this an improvement?

So the individual on face book is interacting with many other "social  
systems", and increased effort along with reinforcement from peers  
creates new capacity.  There is a self organization occurring, and  
this self organization is responding to the enhanced and increased  
capacity to shift viewpoint.

A C tuning fork does not make a D tuning fork ring, but with all of  
the harmonies of nature - as played in musical expression - we have  

What might be orchestrated by 18 year olds attending college for the  
first time, this year? Well, I believe that knowledge management and  
ontological modeling capacity use by these 18 year olds will result  
in music, and in tremendous insight as to how to fix our broken  
social and financial and education systems.

Paul Prueitt

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