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May 23, 2019, 10:54:13 AM5/23/19

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Survey of Animated Logical Graphs

https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/05/22/survey-of-animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-2/

The blog post linked above updates my Survey of Resources having to do with

Animated Logical Graphs. There you will find links to basic expositions and

extended discussions of the graphs themselves, deriving from the Alpha Graphs

C.S. Peirce used for propositional logic, more recently revived and augmented

by G. Spencer Brown in his Laws of Form. What I added was the extension from

tree-like forms to what graph theorists know as cacti, and thereby hangs many

a tale yet to be told. I hope to add more proof animations as time goes on.

Regards,

Jon

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https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/05/22/survey-of-animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-2/

The blog post linked above updates my Survey of Resources having to do with

Animated Logical Graphs. There you will find links to basic expositions and

extended discussions of the graphs themselves, deriving from the Alpha Graphs

C.S. Peirce used for propositional logic, more recently revived and augmented

by G. Spencer Brown in his Laws of Form. What I added was the extension from

tree-like forms to what graph theorists know as cacti, and thereby hangs many

a tale yet to be told. I hope to add more proof animations as time goes on.

Regards,

Jon

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May 23, 2019, 1:20:20 PM5/23/19

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Jon:

Thanks for posting this material, it makes some aspects of Theme One program more clear.

Take care and have fun,

Joe

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May 28, 2019, 3:00:19 PM5/28/19

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Re: Survey of Animated Logical Graphs ??? 2

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/05/22/survey-of-animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-2/

Joe, All ???

One of the things I added to the Survey this time around was an

earlier piece of work titled ???Futures Of Logical Graphs??? (FOLG),

which takes up a number of difficult issues in more detail than

I've found the ability or audacity to do since. In particular,

it gives an indication of the steps I took from trees to cacti

in the graph-theoretic representation of logical propositions

and boolean functions, along with the factors that forced me

to make that transition.

??? https://oeis.org/wiki/Futures_Of_Logical_Graphs

A lot of the text goes back to the dusty Ascii days of the old discussion lists

where I last shared it, so I'll be working on converting the figures and tables

and trying to make the presentation more understandable.

Regards,

Jon

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/05/22/survey-of-animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-2/

Joe, All ???

One of the things I added to the Survey this time around was an

earlier piece of work titled ???Futures Of Logical Graphs??? (FOLG),

which takes up a number of difficult issues in more detail than

I've found the ability or audacity to do since. In particular,

it gives an indication of the steps I took from trees to cacti

in the graph-theoretic representation of logical propositions

and boolean functions, along with the factors that forced me

to make that transition.

??? https://oeis.org/wiki/Futures_Of_Logical_Graphs

A lot of the text goes back to the dusty Ascii days of the old discussion lists

where I last shared it, so I'll be working on converting the figures and tables

and trying to make the presentation more understandable.

Regards,

Jon

May 28, 2019, 11:05:56 PM5/28/19

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Jon:

Very interesting work.

Many of the patterns are now becoming more clear... just need more time to study

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Jul 1, 2019, 1:20:15 PM7/1/19

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Cf: Animated Logical Graphs : 15

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/06/30/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-15/

In George Spencer Brown's "Laws of Form" the relation between the primary arithmetic

and the primary algebra is founded on the idea that a variable name appearing as an

operand in an algebraic expression indicates the contemplated absence or presence of

any expression in the arithmetic, with the understanding that each appearance of the

same variable name indicates the same state of contemplation with respect to the same

expression of the arithmetic.

For example, consider the following expression:

Figure 1. Cactus Graph (a(a))

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/box-aa.jpg

We may regard this algebraic expression as a general expression

for an infinite set of arithmetic expressions, starting like so:

Figure 2. Cactus Graph Series (a(a))

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/box-aa-series.jpg

Now consider what this says about the following algebraic law:

Figure 3. Cactus Graph Equation (a(a)) = <blank>

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/box-aa-.jpg

It permits us to understand the algebraic law as saying, in effect, that every one

of the arithmetic expressions of the contemplated pattern evaluates to the very same

canonical expression as the upshot of that evaluation. This is, as far as I know,

just about as close as we can come to a conceptually and ontologically minimal way

of understanding the relation between an algebra and its corresponding arithmetic.

To be continued ...

Regards,

Jon

On 5/30/2019 9:16 AM, Jon Awbrey wrote:

> Re: Survey of Animated Logical Graphs : 2

> At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/05/22/survey-of-animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-2/

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/06/30/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-15/

In George Spencer Brown's "Laws of Form" the relation between the primary arithmetic

and the primary algebra is founded on the idea that a variable name appearing as an

operand in an algebraic expression indicates the contemplated absence or presence of

any expression in the arithmetic, with the understanding that each appearance of the

same variable name indicates the same state of contemplation with respect to the same

expression of the arithmetic.

For example, consider the following expression:

Figure 1. Cactus Graph (a(a))

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/box-aa.jpg

We may regard this algebraic expression as a general expression

for an infinite set of arithmetic expressions, starting like so:

Figure 2. Cactus Graph Series (a(a))

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/box-aa-series.jpg

Now consider what this says about the following algebraic law:

Figure 3. Cactus Graph Equation (a(a)) = <blank>

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/box-aa-.jpg

It permits us to understand the algebraic law as saying, in effect, that every one

of the arithmetic expressions of the contemplated pattern evaluates to the very same

canonical expression as the upshot of that evaluation. This is, as far as I know,

just about as close as we can come to a conceptually and ontologically minimal way

of understanding the relation between an algebra and its corresponding arithmetic.

To be continued ...

Regards,

Jon

On 5/30/2019 9:16 AM, Jon Awbrey wrote:

> Re: Survey of Animated Logical Graphs : 2

> At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/05/22/survey-of-animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-2/

>

> One of the things I added to the Survey this time around was an

> earlier piece of work titled "Futures Of Logical Graphs" (FOLG),
> One of the things I added to the Survey this time around was an

> which takes up a number of difficult issues in more detail than

> I've found the ability or audacity to do since.?? In particular,
> it gives an indication of the steps I took from trees to cacti

> in the graph-theoretic representation of logical propositions

> and boolean functions, along with the factors that forced me

> to make that transition.

>

> See: https://oeis.org/wiki/Futures_Of_Logical_Graphs
> in the graph-theoretic representation of logical propositions

> and boolean functions, along with the factors that forced me

> to make that transition.

>

>

> A lot of the text goes back to the dusty Ascii days of the

> old discussion lists where I last shared it, so I will be
> A lot of the text goes back to the dusty Ascii days of the

> working on converting the figures and tables and trying

> to make the presentation more understandable.

>

> Regards,

>

> Jon

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> to make the presentation more understandable.

>

> Regards,

>

> Jon

Jul 8, 2019, 2:56:20 PM7/8/19

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Cf: Animated Logical Graphs ??? 16

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/07/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-16/

In lieu of a field study requirement for my bachelor's degree I spent

a couple years in a host of state and university libraries reading

everything I could find by and about Peirce, poring most memorably

through the reels of microfilmed Peirce manuscripts Michigan State

had at the time, all in trying to track down some hint of a clue to

a puzzling passage in Peirce's "Simplest Mathematics", most acutely

coming to a head with that bizarre line of type at CP 4.306, which

the editors of the ''Collected Papers'', no doubt compromised by the

typographer's resistance to cutting new symbols, transmogrified into

a script more cryptic than even the manuscript???s original hieroglyphic.

I found one key to the mystery in Peirce's use of "operator variables",

which he and his students Christine Ladd-Franklin and O.H. Mitchell

explored in depth. I will shortly discuss this theme as it affects

logical graphs but it may be useful to give a shorter and sweeter

explanation of how the basic idea typically arises in common

logical practice.

Think of De Morgan???s rules:

: ??(A ??? B) = ??A ??? ??B

: ??(A ??? B) = ??A ??? ??B

We could capture the common form of these two rules in a single formula

by taking "o1" and "o2" as variable names ranging over a set of logical

operators, and then by asking what substitutions for o1 and o2 would

satisfy the following equation:

: ??(A o1 B) = ??A o2 ??B

We already know two solutions to this "operator equation", namely,

(o1, o2) = (???, ???) and (o1, o2) = (???, ???). Wouldn't it be just like

Peirce to ask if there are others?

Having broached the subject of logical operator variables,

I will leave it for now in the same way Peirce himself did:

<QUOTE>

I shall not further enlarge upon this matter at this point,

although the conception mentioned opens a wide field; because

it cannot be set in its proper light without overstepping the

limits of dichotomic mathematics. (Collected Papers, CP 4.306).

</QUOTE>

Further exploration of operator variables and operator invariants

treads on grounds traditionally known as "second intentional logic"

and "opens a wide field", as Peirce says. For now, however, I will

tend to that corner of the field where our garden variety logical

graphs grow, observing the ways operative variations and operative

themes naturally develop on those grounds.

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/07/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-16/

In lieu of a field study requirement for my bachelor's degree I spent

a couple years in a host of state and university libraries reading

everything I could find by and about Peirce, poring most memorably

through the reels of microfilmed Peirce manuscripts Michigan State

had at the time, all in trying to track down some hint of a clue to

a puzzling passage in Peirce's "Simplest Mathematics", most acutely

coming to a head with that bizarre line of type at CP 4.306, which

the editors of the ''Collected Papers'', no doubt compromised by the

typographer's resistance to cutting new symbols, transmogrified into

a script more cryptic than even the manuscript???s original hieroglyphic.

I found one key to the mystery in Peirce's use of "operator variables",

which he and his students Christine Ladd-Franklin and O.H. Mitchell

explored in depth. I will shortly discuss this theme as it affects

logical graphs but it may be useful to give a shorter and sweeter

explanation of how the basic idea typically arises in common

logical practice.

Think of De Morgan???s rules:

: ??(A ??? B) = ??A ??? ??B

: ??(A ??? B) = ??A ??? ??B

We could capture the common form of these two rules in a single formula

by taking "o1" and "o2" as variable names ranging over a set of logical

operators, and then by asking what substitutions for o1 and o2 would

satisfy the following equation:

: ??(A o1 B) = ??A o2 ??B

We already know two solutions to this "operator equation", namely,

(o1, o2) = (???, ???) and (o1, o2) = (???, ???). Wouldn't it be just like

Peirce to ask if there are others?

Having broached the subject of logical operator variables,

I will leave it for now in the same way Peirce himself did:

<QUOTE>

I shall not further enlarge upon this matter at this point,

although the conception mentioned opens a wide field; because

it cannot be set in its proper light without overstepping the

limits of dichotomic mathematics. (Collected Papers, CP 4.306).

</QUOTE>

Further exploration of operator variables and operator invariants

treads on grounds traditionally known as "second intentional logic"

and "opens a wide field", as Peirce says. For now, however, I will

tend to that corner of the field where our garden variety logical

graphs grow, observing the ways operative variations and operative

themes naturally develop on those grounds.

Jul 8, 2019, 5:18:35 PM7/8/19

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| I'm still waiting to hear from the T-bird Hive Mind why

| everything got so iffy with unicodes a couple months ago,

| and what to do about it. In the meantime here's plaintext

| version of that last post. As always, there's a better

| formatted version at the blog post linked below.

Cf: Animated Logical Graphs : 16

I found one key to the mystery in Peirce's use of "operator variables",

which he and his students Christine Ladd-Franklin and O.H. Mitchell

explored in depth. I will shortly discuss this theme as it affects

logical graphs but it may be useful to give a shorter and sweeter

explanation of how the basic idea typically arises in common

logical practice.

Think of De Morgan's rules:

: not (A and B) = (not A) or (not B)

: not (A or B) = (not A) and (not B)

We could capture the common form of these two rules in a single formula

by taking "o1" and "o2" as variable names ranging over a set of logical

operators, and then by asking what substitutions for o1 and o2 would

satisfy the following equation:

: not (A o1 B) = (not A) o2 (not B)

We already know two solutions to this "operator equation", namely,

(o1, o2) = (and, or) and (o1, o2) = (or, and). Wouldn't it be

| everything got so iffy with unicodes a couple months ago,

| and what to do about it. In the meantime here's plaintext

| version of that last post. As always, there's a better

| formatted version at the blog post linked below.

Cf: Animated Logical Graphs : 16

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/07/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-16/

In lieu of a field study requirement for my bachelor's degree I spent

a couple years in a host of state and university libraries reading

everything I could find by and about Peirce, poring most memorably

through the reels of microfilmed Peirce manuscripts Michigan State

had at the time, all in trying to track down some hint of a clue to

a puzzling passage in Peirce's "Simplest Mathematics", most acutely

coming to a head with that bizarre line of type at CP 4.306, which

the editors of the ''Collected Papers'', no doubt compromised by the

typographer's resistance to cutting new symbols, transmogrified into

a script more cryptic than even the manuscript's original hieroglyphic.
In lieu of a field study requirement for my bachelor's degree I spent

a couple years in a host of state and university libraries reading

everything I could find by and about Peirce, poring most memorably

through the reels of microfilmed Peirce manuscripts Michigan State

had at the time, all in trying to track down some hint of a clue to

a puzzling passage in Peirce's "Simplest Mathematics", most acutely

coming to a head with that bizarre line of type at CP 4.306, which

the editors of the ''Collected Papers'', no doubt compromised by the

typographer's resistance to cutting new symbols, transmogrified into

I found one key to the mystery in Peirce's use of "operator variables",

which he and his students Christine Ladd-Franklin and O.H. Mitchell

explored in depth. I will shortly discuss this theme as it affects

logical graphs but it may be useful to give a shorter and sweeter

explanation of how the basic idea typically arises in common

logical practice.

: not (A and B) = (not A) or (not B)

: not (A or B) = (not A) and (not B)

We could capture the common form of these two rules in a single formula

by taking "o1" and "o2" as variable names ranging over a set of logical

operators, and then by asking what substitutions for o1 and o2 would

satisfy the following equation:

We already know two solutions to this "operator equation", namely,

just like Peirce to ask if there are others?

Having broached the subject of logical operator variables,

I will leave it for now in the same way Peirce himself did:

<QUOTE>

I shall not further enlarge upon this matter at this point,

although the conception mentioned opens a wide field; because

it cannot be set in its proper light without overstepping the

limits of dichotomic mathematics. (Collected Papers, CP 4.306).

</QUOTE>

Further exploration of operator variables and operator invariants

treads on grounds traditionally known as "second intentional logic"

and "opens a wide field", as Peirce says. For now, however, I will

tend to that corner of the field where our garden variety logical

graphs grow, observing the ways operative variations and operative

themes naturally develop on those grounds.

Having broached the subject of logical operator variables,

I will leave it for now in the same way Peirce himself did:

<QUOTE>

I shall not further enlarge upon this matter at this point,

although the conception mentioned opens a wide field; because

it cannot be set in its proper light without overstepping the

limits of dichotomic mathematics. (Collected Papers, CP 4.306).

</QUOTE>

Further exploration of operator variables and operator invariants

treads on grounds traditionally known as "second intentional logic"

and "opens a wide field", as Peirce says. For now, however, I will

tend to that corner of the field where our garden variety logical

graphs grow, observing the ways operative variations and operative

themes naturally develop on those grounds.

Jul 8, 2019, 7:13:50 PM7/8/19

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Jon:

Excellent material..

I will add it to the list..

Take care, be good to yourself and have fun,

Joe

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Thanks, Joe,

This material is coming from the section of my "Futures Of Logical Graphs" (FOLG)

titled "Themes and Variations" where I explain how I came down from logical trees

and learned to love logical cacti (ouch) --

https://oeis.org/wiki/Futures_Of_Logical_Graphs#Themes_and_variations

I spent the last month upgrading the ancient ascii graphics to jpegs and the text

will hopefully get less rambling and clearer as I serialize it to my inquiry blog.

Previous Installments:

Survey of Animated Logical Graphs

https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/05/22/survey-of-animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-2/

Animated Logical Graphs

(13) https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/05/24/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-13/

(14) https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/05/28/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-14/

(15) https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/06/30/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-15/

(16) https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/07/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-16/

Regards,

Jon

This material is coming from the section of my "Futures Of Logical Graphs" (FOLG)

titled "Themes and Variations" where I explain how I came down from logical trees

and learned to love logical cacti (ouch) --

https://oeis.org/wiki/Futures_Of_Logical_Graphs#Themes_and_variations

I spent the last month upgrading the ancient ascii graphics to jpegs and the text

will hopefully get less rambling and clearer as I serialize it to my inquiry blog.

Previous Installments:

Survey of Animated Logical Graphs

https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/05/22/survey-of-animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-2/

(13) https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/05/24/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-13/

(14) https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/05/28/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-14/

(15) https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/06/30/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-15/

(16) https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/07/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-16/

Regards,

Jon

Jul 10, 2019, 9:24:52 AM7/10/19

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Jon:

Great, I will program some time to engage this material.

Take care and have fun,

Joe

Jul 10, 2019, 10:00:14 AM7/10/19

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Cf: Animated Logical Graphs : 17

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/09/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-17/

To get a clearer view of the relation between

primary arithmetic and primary algebra consider

the following extremely simple algebraic expression:

Figure 4. Cactus Graph (a)

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/box-a.jpg

In this expression the variable name "a" appears as an "operand name".

In functional terms, "a" is called an "argument name", but it's best

to avoid the potentially confusing connotations of the word "argument"

here, since it also refers in logical discussions to a more or less

specific pattern of reasoning.

As we've discussed, the algebraic variable name indicates the

contemplated absence or presence of any arithmetic expression

taking its place in the surrounding template, which expression

is proxied well enough by its logical value, and of which values

we know but two. Thus, the given algebraic expression varies

between these two choices:

Figure 5. Cactus Graph Set (),(())

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/box-.jpg

The above selection of arithmetic expressions is what it means

to contemplate the absence or presence of the operand "a" in

the algebraic expression "(a)". But what would it mean to

contemplate the absence or presence of the operator "( )"

in the algebraic expression "(a)"?

That is the question I'll take up next.

Regards,

Jon

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/09/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-17/

To get a clearer view of the relation between

primary arithmetic and primary algebra consider

the following extremely simple algebraic expression:

Figure 4. Cactus Graph (a)

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/box-a.jpg

In this expression the variable name "a" appears as an "operand name".

In functional terms, "a" is called an "argument name", but it's best

to avoid the potentially confusing connotations of the word "argument"

here, since it also refers in logical discussions to a more or less

specific pattern of reasoning.

As we've discussed, the algebraic variable name indicates the

contemplated absence or presence of any arithmetic expression

taking its place in the surrounding template, which expression

is proxied well enough by its logical value, and of which values

we know but two. Thus, the given algebraic expression varies

between these two choices:

Figure 5. Cactus Graph Set (),(())

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/box-.jpg

The above selection of arithmetic expressions is what it means

to contemplate the absence or presence of the operand "a" in

the algebraic expression "(a)". But what would it mean to

contemplate the absence or presence of the operator "( )"

in the algebraic expression "(a)"?

That is the question I'll take up next.

Regards,

Jon

Jul 10, 2019, 6:00:22 PM7/10/19

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Cf: Animated Logical Graphs : 18

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/10/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-18/

We had been contemplating the penultimately simple

algebraic expression "(a)" as a name for a set of

arithmetic expressions, namely, (a) = { () , (()) },

taking the equality sign in the appropriate sense.

Figure 6. Cactus Graph Equation (a) = {(),(())}

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/box-a-1.jpg

Then we asked the corresponding question about the operator "( )".

the operator "( )" in the algebraic expression "(a)" refers to

a variation between the algebraic expressions "a" and "(a)",

respectively, somewhat as pictured below:

Figure 7. Cactus Graph Equation ?a? = {a,(a)}

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/box-a-queaa.jpg

But how shall we signify such variations in a coherent calculus?

(end of season cliff-hanger ...)

Regards,

Jon

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/10/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-18/

We had been contemplating the penultimately simple

algebraic expression "(a)" as a name for a set of

arithmetic expressions, namely, (a) = { () , (()) },

taking the equality sign in the appropriate sense.

Figure 6. Cactus Graph Equation (a) = {(),(())}

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/box-a-1.jpg

Then we asked the corresponding question about the operator "( )".

The above selection of arithmetic expressions is what it means

to contemplate the absence or presence of the operand "a" in

the algebraic expression "(a)". But what would it mean to

contemplate the absence or presence of the operator "( )"

in the algebraic expression "(a)"?

Clearly, a variation between the absence and the presence of
to contemplate the absence or presence of the operand "a" in

the algebraic expression "(a)". But what would it mean to

contemplate the absence or presence of the operator "( )"

in the algebraic expression "(a)"?

the operator "( )" in the algebraic expression "(a)" refers to

a variation between the algebraic expressions "a" and "(a)",

respectively, somewhat as pictured below:

Figure 7. Cactus Graph Equation ?a? = {a,(a)}

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/box-a-queaa.jpg

But how shall we signify such variations in a coherent calculus?

(end of season cliff-hanger ...)

Regards,

Jon

Jul 11, 2019, 10:48:54 AM7/11/19

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We have encountered the question of how to extend our

formal calculus to take account of operator variables.

In the days when I scribbled these things on the backs of computer punchcards,

the first thing I tried was drawing big loopy script characters, placing some

inside the loops of others. Lower case alphas, betas, gammas, deltas, and

so on worked best. Graphics like these conveyed the idea that a character-

shaped boundary drawn around another space can be viewed as absent or present

depending on whether the formal value of the character is unmarked or marked.

The same idea can be conveyed by attaching characters directly to the edges

of graphs.

Here is how we might suggest an algebraic expression of the form "(q)"

where the absence or presence of the operator "( )" depends on the value

of the algebraic expression "p", the operator "( )" being absent whenever

p is unmarked and present whenever p is marked.

Figure 8. Cactus Graph (q)_p = {q,(q)}

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/box-q-que-pqq.jpg

It was obvious to me from the outset that this sort of tactic would need

a lot of work to become a usable calculus, especially when it came time

to feed those punchcards back into the computer.

Regards,

Jon

formal calculus to take account of operator variables.

In the days when I scribbled these things on the backs of computer punchcards,

the first thing I tried was drawing big loopy script characters, placing some

inside the loops of others. Lower case alphas, betas, gammas, deltas, and

so on worked best. Graphics like these conveyed the idea that a character-

shaped boundary drawn around another space can be viewed as absent or present

depending on whether the formal value of the character is unmarked or marked.

The same idea can be conveyed by attaching characters directly to the edges

of graphs.

Here is how we might suggest an algebraic expression of the form "(q)"

where the absence or presence of the operator "( )" depends on the value

of the algebraic expression "p", the operator "( )" being absent whenever

p is unmarked and present whenever p is marked.

Figure 8. Cactus Graph (q)_p = {q,(q)}

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/box-q-que-pqq.jpg

It was obvious to me from the outset that this sort of tactic would need

a lot of work to become a usable calculus, especially when it came time

to feed those punchcards back into the computer.

Regards,

Jon

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Cf: Animated Logical Graphs

19: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/11/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-19/

20: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/11/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-20/

Another tactic I tried by way of porting operator variables into logical graphs and

laws of form was to hollow out a leg of Spencer-Brown's crosses, gnomons, markers,

whatever you wish to call them, as shown below:

Figure 9. Transitional (q)_p = {q,(q)}

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/box-q-qua-p.jpg

The initial idea I had in mind was the same as before, that the operator

over q would be counted as absent when p evaluates to a space and present

when p evaluates to a cross.

However, much in the same way that operators with a shade of negativity

tend to be more generative than the purely positive brand, it turned out

more useful to reverse this initial polarity of operation, letting the

operator over q be counted as absent when p evaluates to a cross and

present when p evaluates to a space.

So that is the convention I'll adopt from here on.

Regards,

Jon

19: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/11/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-19/

20: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/11/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-20/

Another tactic I tried by way of porting operator variables into logical graphs and

laws of form was to hollow out a leg of Spencer-Brown's crosses, gnomons, markers,

whatever you wish to call them, as shown below:

Figure 9. Transitional (q)_p = {q,(q)}

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/box-q-qua-p.jpg

The initial idea I had in mind was the same as before, that the operator

over q would be counted as absent when p evaluates to a space and present

when p evaluates to a cross.

However, much in the same way that operators with a shade of negativity

tend to be more generative than the purely positive brand, it turned out

more useful to reverse this initial polarity of operation, letting the

operator over q be counted as absent when p evaluates to a cross and

present when p evaluates to a space.

So that is the convention I'll adopt from here on.

Regards,

Jon

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Jon:

This section sent me back to the 'Laws of Form' for a quick review.

I think I see the connection, time will tell..

Have fun,

Joe

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A funny thing just happened. Let's see if we can tell where.

We started with the algebraic expression "(a)", in which the

operand "a" suggests the contemplated absence or presence of

any arithmetic expression or its value, then we contemplated

the absence or presence of the operator "( )" in "(a)" to be

indicated by a cross or a space, respectively, for the value

of a newly introduced variable, "b", placed in a new slot of

a newly extended operator form, as suggested by this picture:

Figure 10. Control Form (a)_b

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/box-a-quo-b.jpg

What happened here is this. Our contemplation of an operator variable

just as quickly transformed into the contemplation of a newly introduced

but otherwise quite ordinary operand variable, fitting into a new form of

formula. In its interpretation for logic the newly formed operation may be

viewed as an extension of ordinary negation, one in which the negation of the

first variable is "controlled" by the value of the second variable. Thus, we

may regard this development as marking a form of "controlled reflection", or a

form of "reflective control". From this point on we will use the inline syntax

"(a , b)" for the associated operation on two variables, whose operation table

is given below:

Operation Table for (a , b)

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/table-ab-space-cross.png

: The Entitative Interpretation (En), for which Space = False and Cross = True,

calls this operation "equivalence".

: The Existential Interpretation (Ex), for which Space = True and Cross = False,

calls this operation "distinction".

Regards,

Jon

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/12/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-21/

A funny thing just happened. Let's see if we can tell where.

We started with the algebraic expression "(a)", in which the

operand "a" suggests the contemplated absence or presence of

any arithmetic expression or its value, then we contemplated

the absence or presence of the operator "( )" in "(a)" to be

indicated by a cross or a space, respectively, for the value

of a newly introduced variable, "b", placed in a new slot of

a newly extended operator form, as suggested by this picture:

Figure 10. Control Form (a)_b

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/box-a-quo-b.jpg

What happened here is this. Our contemplation of an operator variable

just as quickly transformed into the contemplation of a newly introduced

but otherwise quite ordinary operand variable, fitting into a new form of

formula. In its interpretation for logic the newly formed operation may be

viewed as an extension of ordinary negation, one in which the negation of the

first variable is "controlled" by the value of the second variable. Thus, we

may regard this development as marking a form of "controlled reflection", or a

form of "reflective control". From this point on we will use the inline syntax

"(a , b)" for the associated operation on two variables, whose operation table

is given below:

Operation Table for (a , b)

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/table-ab-space-cross.png

: The Entitative Interpretation (En), for which Space = False and Cross = True,

calls this operation "equivalence".

: The Existential Interpretation (Ex), for which Space = True and Cross = False,

calls this operation "distinction".

Regards,

Jon

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Each step on its own, as far as I can follow them, makes sense. You are, if I understand it correctly, trying to figure out something fundamental, the rock bottom reality. When can we expect that results of such a research to become "applicable to more than one of the traditional departments of knowledge" (http://isss.org/world/about-the-isss)? What kinds of tragedy, disaster, misunderstanding, mismanagement, or failure would/will be preventable by your approach?

Aleksandar

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Aleksander:

I am commenting on my view of the potential value associated with Jon's work.

Most, if not all, of the benefits associated with the "Laws of Form," appear to be associated with Jon's work on animated logical graphs. These benefits include:

-- complexity reduction (both cognitive and computational)

-- increased communication precision

-- interface between informal and formal languages.

Many large scale human activities could be improved using the above listed benefits.

However, another more interesting (to me) aspect of this work is the dynamic, responsive form of the logical graphs.

In any case, this is interesting material that could be applied in many areas.

I have started to map the relationships to the augmented model-exchange isomorphism (AMEI) logical groups. Later, I plan of creating a collection of abstract relation types (ART) to document and communicate the application of this type of logical analysis.

Take care, be good to yourself and have fun,

Joe

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Bruce:

Interesting observations and comments.

Much of the material contained in the "Laws Of Form," relates a formal language to natural language.

The last statement of Chapter 12, on page 76, states:

"We now see that the first distinction, the mark, and the observer are not only interchangeable, but, in the form, identical."

The statement above, to me, indicates that the formal language representations associated with the "Laws Of Form," are highly restricted.

No one would say that a mark on a sheet of paper is an observer, in real life.

The challenge is to find a suitable natural language that properly applies the Laws Of Form to a range of real situations.

The space, state or contents associated with the distinction is a key consideration in the proper application of the Laws Of Form.

The relationships associated with the real space, state or contents are not as restricted as the relationships associated with the Laws Of Form.

Anyway, interesting material.

Take care and have fun,

Joe

On Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 9:58 AM <bruces...@cox.net> wrote:

Thanks for these comments, Joe – thanks to Jon for exploring the connection with Laws of Form. Thanks for linking to a few other conversations.

I just want to mention that G. Spencer Brown and LOF had a significant influence on me as well. This book was popular in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s, and it was very up my line. I was exploring topological approaches to logic, and Brown’s book was very striking and influential.

I did not really understand his graphic symbolism – the notion of “crossing”, etc. – and I think a lot of people were mystified by it, but yet intrigued. It just so happened that in 1973, I met a couple of times with the famous anthropologist/epistemologist Gregory Bateson (author of the very influential Steps to an Ecology of Mind, which introduced the theme of “The Pattern That Connects” into the new-thought conversation). He was in residence at UC Santa Cruz at the time, and one of the things we talked about was Laws of Form. Like me, Bateson was intrigued – but asked me if I thought the book was a trick, a mystifying joke being played on a gullible public. He found some citation in the index that he thought was a clue. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-4020-6706-8_14

But for me, this question was just a distraction. The idea that stuck with me – and shaped everything I’ve been doing since, including a lot of messages posted to Ontolog – has to do with the concept of “distinction”, which LOF first put in my head.

“The first command – draw a distinction”

That’s something I’ve been feeling for a long time.

In what I am doing right now, this idea is at the core –

“Draw a distinction in a distinction”

There’s a lot we can say about this.

In Dr. Susan Carey’s “The Origin of Concepts”, she talks about “Quinian Bootstrapping” (W.V.O. Quine) – which I think relates to this kind of mysterious coalescence of concept and form from a mysterious figure/ground tension. She is talking about concept formation in children. Something organic drives an emerging fuzzy notion that becomes explicitly codified.

What I want to suggest is that there is a organic drive dynamic that pushes conceptual form out of the continuum (Tao, real number line, unit interval, etc.) , under the force of some kind of “local” motivation. A distinction gets drawn in a distinction. Maybe this relates to Helen Keller’s powerful experience with the concept/word W-A-T-E-R as drawn on her hand….

In any case, thank you.

It feels to me like there is a powerful transcendental theorem in the air right now. We are figuring this out. Something wants to explode through the keyhole.

For those who want to decode this mystery, there’s a lot to consider right here in this excerpt from Wikipedia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laws_of_Form

Bruce Schuman

Santa Barbara CA USA

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The step of controlled reflection we just took can be iterated as far

as we wish to take it, as suggested by the following series of forms:

Figure 11. Reflective Series (a) to (a, b, c, d)

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/reflective-series-a-to-abcd.jpg

Written inline, we have the series "(a)", "(a, b)", "(a, b, c)", "(a, b, c, d)",

and so on, whose general form is "(x_1, x_2, ..., x_k)". With this move we have

passed beyond the graph-theoretical form of rooted trees to what graph theorists

know as "rooted cacti".

I will discuss this "cactus language" and its logical interpretations next.

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/22/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-22/

The step of controlled reflection we just took can be iterated as far

as we wish to take it, as suggested by the following series of forms:

Figure 11. Reflective Series (a) to (a, b, c, d)

https://inquiryintoinquiry.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/reflective-series-a-to-abcd.jpg

Written inline, we have the series "(a)", "(a, b)", "(a, b, c)", "(a, b, c, d)",

and so on, whose general form is "(x_1, x_2, ..., x_k)". With this move we have

passed beyond the graph-theoretical form of rooted trees to what graph theorists

know as "rooted cacti".

I will discuss this "cactus language" and its logical interpretations next.

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Jon:

Very interesting work and ideas.

I went back to this section to address an area where I have some specific questions.

The area is associated with the operations of "equivalence" and "distinction".

I tend to view equivalence and distinction as relationships as opposed to operations. I do not know if this makes any significant difference in this context.

Given the relationship of equivalence, the logical properties of the relationship are given as:

--- reflexive

--- symmetric

--- transitive

Object A is equivalent to Object A. (reflexive property)

Object B is equivalent to Object A and Object A is equivalent to Object B. (symmetric property)

If Object B is equivalent to Object A and Object A is equivalent to Object C, then Object B is equivalent to Object C. (transitive property)

Given the relationship of distinction, the logical properties of the relationship are given as:

--- irreflexive

--- symmetric

--- transitive

Object A is not distinct from Object A. (irreflexive property)

Object B is distinct from Object A and Object A is distinct from Object B. (symmetric property)

If
Object B is distinct from Object A and Object A is distinct from Object
C, then Object B is distinct from Object C. (transitive property)

The questions relate to the two different types of reflexive logical attributes; reflexive and irreflexive.

In the operations of controlled reflection are both types of reflexive logical properties allowed?

Does the term "controlled reflection" relate to a collection of operations or logical properties or both?

This is my first attempt to start associating your work to the augmented model-exchange isomorphism (AMEI) logical groups.

The AMEI logical groups may then be used to help associate these logical graphic terms to a natural language implementation.

Thanks for continuing to share and explain your work.

Take care, be good to yourself and have fun,

Joe

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Joe, Thanks, those are very good questions. We just got back from

our annual "dramatic immersion" at the Stratford Festival in Canada

and I learned a lot from the plays this year that I'm still working

to metabolize and integrate into my everyday outlook on life. I'll

hold off just a bit on replying to your questions and the intervening

discussions until I get my next blog post out, as it has a table that

should help things along.

Regards,

Jon

>> ...

our annual "dramatic immersion" at the Stratford Festival in Canada

and I learned a lot from the plays this year that I'm still working

to metabolize and integrate into my everyday outlook on life. I'll

hold off just a bit on replying to your questions and the intervening

discussions until I get my next blog post out, as it has a table that

should help things along.

Regards,

Jon

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Cf: Animated Logical Graphs : 23

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/23/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-23/

The following Table will suffice to show how the "streamer-cross" forms

C.S. Peirce used in his essay on "Qualitative Logic" and Spencer Brown

used in his "Laws of Form", as they get extended by successive steps

of controlled reflection, translate into syntactic strings and

rooted cactus graphs:

Table. Syntactic Correspondences

https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/syntactic-correspondences/

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/23/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-23/

The following Table will suffice to show how the "streamer-cross" forms

C.S. Peirce used in his essay on "Qualitative Logic" and Spencer Brown

used in his "Laws of Form", as they get extended by successive steps

of controlled reflection, translate into syntactic strings and

rooted cactus graphs:

Table. Syntactic Correspondences

https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/syntactic-correspondences/

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Jon:

Today I found an interesting publication that might relate to the current discussion of Animated Logical Graphs (ALG).

Please see:

The “sensitivity” conjecture may be a topic that could be explored using ALG.

There appear to be many interesting connections between ALG and the sensitivity conjecture.

I am looking for an area where ALG application examples may be created and discussed.

My first attempt at an example, using the augmented model-exchange isomorphism (AMEI), raised a number of conceptual and structural application issues. Which can be addressed as we move forward.

My plan is to continue the search for specific application areas.

I believe that finding domain specific applications will help me better understand the ALG material.

Take care, be good to yourself and have fun,

Joe

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Re: Joseph Simpson

At: https://groups.google.com/d/msg/ontolog-forum/wF03K5KG1vQ/ZRlQdavJBgAJ

Boolean functions f : B^k -> B and different ways of contemplating their

complexity are definitely the right ballpark, or at least the right planet,

for field-testing logical graphs.

I don't know much about the Boolean Sensitivity Conjecture but I did run across

an enlightening article about it just yesterday and I did once begin an exploration

of what appears to be a related question, Peter Frankl's "Union-Closed Sets Conjecture".

See the resource pages linked below.

At any rate, now that we've entered the ballpark, or standard orbit, of boolean functions,

I can skip a bit of dancing around and jump to the next blog post I have on deck.

Resources

=========

* Frankl Conjecture

( https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/category/frankl-conjecture/ )

* R.J. Lipton and K.W. Regan : Discrepancy Games and Sensitivity

( https://rjlipton.wordpress.com/2019/07/25/discrepancy-games-and-sensitivity/ )

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/26/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-24/

Re: Joseph Simpson

At: https://groups.google.com/d/msg/ontolog-forum/wF03K5KG1vQ/ZRlQdavJBgAJ

Boolean functions f : B^k -> B and different ways of contemplating their

complexity are definitely the right ballpark, or at least the right planet,

for field-testing logical graphs.

I don't know much about the Boolean Sensitivity Conjecture but I did run across

an enlightening article about it just yesterday and I did once begin an exploration

of what appears to be a related question, Peter Frankl's "Union-Closed Sets Conjecture".

See the resource pages linked below.

At any rate, now that we've entered the ballpark, or standard orbit, of boolean functions,

I can skip a bit of dancing around and jump to the next blog post I have on deck.

Resources

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* Frankl Conjecture

( https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/category/frankl-conjecture/ )

* R.J. Lipton and K.W. Regan : Discrepancy Games and Sensitivity

( https://rjlipton.wordpress.com/2019/07/25/discrepancy-games-and-sensitivity/ )

Jul 27, 2019, 10:20:31 AM7/27/19

to Ontolog Forum, Structural Modeling, SysSciWG, Cybernetic Communications, Laws Of Form Group

Cf: Animated Logical Graphs : 25

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/26/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-25/

Let's examine the formal operation table for the third in our series

of reflective forms to see if we can elicit the general pattern:

Formal Operation Table (a, b, c) Variant 1

https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/formal-operation-table-a-b-c-variant-1/

Or, thinking in terms of the corresponding cactus graphs,

writing "o" for a blank node and "|" for a terminal edge,

we get the following Table:

Formal Operation Table (a, b, c) Variant 2

https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/formal-operation-table-a-b-c-variant-2/

Evidently, the rule is that "(a, b, c)" denotes the value denoted by "o"

if and only if exactly one of the variables a, b, c has the value denoted

by "|", otherwise "(a, b, c)" denotes the value denoted by "|". Examining

the whole series of reflective forms shows this is the general rule.

* In the Entitative Interpretation (En), where o = false and | = true,

"(x_1, ..., x_k)" translates as "not just one of the x_j is true".

* In the Existential Interpretation (Ex), where o = true and | = false,

"(x_1, ..., x_k)" translates as "just one of the x_j is not true".

Regards,

Jon

At: https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2019/07/26/animated-logical-graphs-%e2%80%a2-25/

Let's examine the formal operation table for the third in our series

of reflective forms to see if we can elicit the general pattern:

Formal Operation Table (a, b, c) Variant 1

https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/formal-operation-table-a-b-c-variant-1/

Or, thinking in terms of the corresponding cactus graphs,

writing "o" for a blank node and "|" for a terminal edge,

we get the following Table:

Formal Operation Table (a, b, c) Variant 2

https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/formal-operation-table-a-b-c-variant-2/

Evidently, the rule is that "(a, b, c)" denotes the value denoted by "o"

if and only if exactly one of the variables a, b, c has the value denoted

by "|", otherwise "(a, b, c)" denotes the value denoted by "|". Examining

the whole series of reflective forms shows this is the general rule.

* In the Entitative Interpretation (En), where o = false and | = true,

"(x_1, ..., x_k)" translates as "not just one of the x_j is true".

* In the Existential Interpretation (Ex), where o = true and | = false,

"(x_1, ..., x_k)" translates as "just one of the x_j is not true".

Regards,

Jon

Formal Operation Table (a, b, c) Variant 1.png