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Emergent day to you. 2010-04-22 is my knowmad birthday. Think I understood the word. More to emerge.
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    Jeff Jonas wrote in General Purpose Sensemaking Systems and Information Colocation

    ... With information trapped in the tailored database schemas of systems of record, operational data stores, data warehouses and data marts, it is no wonder organizations continue to struggle to make sense of it all – despite decades of effort and innovation.

    Performing some kind of federated search over all these disparate data sets just has not ever delivered. In fact, federated search bites when it comes to sensemaking because the diverse data structures are incapable of supporting a sensemaking function.

    If you want to be smart, you will want to jam the available, diverse, observational space into the same data structure and in as close to the same physical space as possible.

    Data is data.

    When reference data, transactional data, and even user queries are colocated in the same data structures and is the same indexes as the extracted features from text, video, biometrics, and so on … something very exciting happens: data naturally finds data and context can accumulate.

    ...

    Long story short, when this general sensemaking system came on-line it started finding marketing hosts comping their roommates and lots of other unanticipated novel discovery. So much novel discovery, it earned the name Non-Obvious Relationship Awareness or NORA, we got two rounds of funding, IBM bought my company to get its hands on the technology, and the rest is history.

    Simply said, you have to have a brain (multi-purpose, general structure) to think (sense make). Then with a brain, the smartest you are going to be is a function of what observations you have properly contextualized into that meat space between your ears.



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    The science of complex systems is transforming science and its role in society. Building on the traditional focus on the parts of systems, the new approach integrates the networks of relationships within and between systems. These relationships are responsible for the collective "emergent" behaviors we see in all physical, biological, socio-economic and technological systems.

    Complex systems research can answer questions previously considered outside of the realm of scientific inquiry. This includes using science to understand human behavior, social interactions, and the consequences of policies and decisions of our society.


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    No, this is not about how digital imaging has removed the photographic emulsion known as negative film from general circulation. This is along the lines of, "try not to think of a pink elephant." Done? Thank you. What did you see? Point taken? If that is difficult, start over, or read on.

    From Jon Rappoport, 2011-08-26

    A significant amount of traditional therapy, and a whole lot of pop-culture psychology, involves "getting rid of negative material." Baggage.

    The theory behind it sounds good at first. It's sort of like surgery. The doctor says, "You have this thing right here, and we're going to take it out."

    But lo and behold, as the years roll on, it doesn't seem to be turning out so well. One piece of "negative emotion" is sort of gone, and so is another piece, but other pieces, not seen before, have cropped up. Where is the end to it?

    Clue: there is no end.

    Why not?

    Because when the goal is "getting rid of problems," people dedicate themselves to it, and in that dedication they will keep finding (or inventing) negative material so THERE IS SOMETHING TO DO. Otherwise, the goal is useless.

    Therefore, the goal becomes a long freight train heading down the tracks, and it keeps going-and keeps on going...

    This was not seen clearly when modern therapy was first invented. Neurosis (in the generalized sense) was viewed more or less as a big tin can, and the negative material was inside. If you washed the can out, you were cured.

    However, it's not that simple.


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