If this is an algorithm that can describe all known physics in one equation could we perhaps read it as a representation of how we understand information to be inter-interacting to in-form the world’s metaphysics?

If this is an algorithm that can describe all known physics in one equation could we perhaps read it as a representation of how we understand information to be inter-interacting to in-form the world’s metaphysics?


The three waves of cybernetics:

"…the conceptual shifts that took place during the development of cybernetics display a seriated pattern reminiscent of material changes in artifacts. Conceptual fields evolve similarly to material culture in part because concept and artifact engage each other in continuous feedback loops…the reasoning suggests that we should be able to trace the development of a conceptual field by using a seriation chart analogous to the seriation charts used for artifacts.

In the course of the Macy [Cybernetics] Conferences, certain ideas came to be associated with each other. Through a cumulative process that continued across several years of discussions, these ideas were seen as mutually entailing each other until they were viewed by the participants as naturally going together. Such a constellation is the conceptual entity corresponding to an artifact, possessing an internal coherence that defines it as an operational unit. Its formation marks the beginning of a period; its disassembly and reconstruction signal the transition to a different period. Indeed, periods are recognizable as such largely because constellations possess this coherence. Rarely is a constellation discarded wholesale. Rather, some of the ideas composing it are discarded, others are modified, and new ones are introduced. Like the attributes composing an artifact, the ideas in a constellation change in a patchwork pattern of old and new.”



Katherine N. Hayles, How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics, 1999, p15-16
Could we not use a seriation chart to map a network ecology? Hayles’s constellations here evoke an ecological pattern. The dynamism of networks, with their ever shifting nodes and edges (and switches and energy s/forces), is indeed why we consider not simply the network qua object but the network’s ecology qua constellation. If we are to map a network, it seems a seriation chart, allowing for flowing nodes and blurry edges, might permit a necessary ambiguity to the network map.

The three waves of cybernetics:
"…the conceptual shifts that took place during the development of cybernetics display a seriated pattern reminiscent of material changes in artifacts. Conceptual fields evolve similarly to material culture in part because concept and artifact engage each other in continuous feedback loops…the reasoning suggests that we should be able to trace the development of a conceptual field by using a seriation chart analogous to the seriation charts used for artifacts.
In the course of the Macy [Cybernetics] Conferences, certain ideas came to be associated with each other. Through a cumulative process that continued across several years of discussions, these ideas were seen as mutually entailing each other until they were viewed by the participants as naturally going together. Such a constellation is the conceptual entity corresponding to an artifact, possessing an internal coherence that defines it as an operational unit. Its formation marks the beginning of a period; its disassembly and reconstruction signal the transition to a different period. Indeed, periods are recognizable as such largely because constellations possess this coherence. Rarely is a constellation discarded wholesale. Rather, some of the ideas composing it are discarded, others are modified, and new ones are introduced. Like the attributes composing an artifact, the ideas in a constellation change in a patchwork pattern of old and new.”

Katherine N. Hayles, How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics, 1999, p15-16

Could we not use a seriation chart to map a network ecology? Hayles’s constellations here evoke an ecological pattern. The dynamism of networks, with their ever shifting nodes and edges (and switches and energy s/forces), is indeed why we consider not simply the network qua object but the network’s ecology qua constellation. If we are to map a network, it seems a seriation chart, allowing for flowing nodes and blurry edges, might permit a necessary ambiguity to the network map.


"Diagrams from Geometrical psychology, or, The science of representation: an abstract of the theories and diagrams of B. W. Betts (1887) by Louisa S. Cook, which details New Zealander Benjamin Betts’s remarkable attempts to mathematically model the evolution of human consciousness through geometric forms. From the Introduction: 
 “The symbolic forms which Mr. Betts has evolved through his system of Representation resemble, when developed in two dimensions, conventionalised but very scientifically and beautifully conventionalised leaf-outlines. When in more than two dimensions they approximate to the forms of flowers and crystals. …. The fact that he has accidentally portrayed plant-forms when he was studying human evolution is an assurance to Mr. Betts of the fitness of the symbols he has developed, as it affords presumptive evidence that the laws he is studying intuitively admit of universal application.”
"[Betts’s] study of internal truth by degrees connected itself in his mind with ideas of form, which combination was probably the result of his early training in Decorative and Architectural Art. An analogy used by [Johann Gottlieb] Fichte  in "The Science of Knowledge," of the correspondence of the line and the circle with modes of consciousness, led to his conception of the idea of developing a Science of Representation. He perceived with Leo Grindon that "all forms are representative, and their significance is the science of sciences." (6)

What we see here is one of those representations:

"Mr. Betts has spent more than twenty years in studying the evolution of Man. He contemplates Man, not from the physical, but from the metaphysical point of view; thus the evolution of Man is for him the evolution of human consciousness. He attempts to represent the successive stages of evolution by means of symbolical mathematical forms. These forms represent the course of development of human consciousness from the animal basis, the pure sense-consciousness, to the spiritual or divine consciousness; both which extremes are not man - the one underlying, the other transcending the limits of human evolution. Mr. Betts felt that consciousness is the only fact that we can study directly, since all other objects of knowledge must be perceived through consciousness. Mathematical form, he considers, is the first reflection and most pure image of our subjective activity. Then follows number, having a close relation to linear conception. "Number," Philo said, "is the mediator between the corporeal and the incorporeal"… (9-10)
Words (as “arbitrary, uncertain, inexact” word-symbols) were not enough for Mr. Betts for the expression of metaphysical ideas. He found mathematics the more exact and satisfying medium and believed that “thought is stimulated and enriched by the development of an additional [pun probably not intended] mode of expression.” (10) Figure 17, our image here, “is the earth and its antithetical form or necessary counterpart, which taken together strangely enough are the same as the ancient astronomical sign for the earth.” (86)

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"Diagrams from Geometrical psychology, or, The science of representation: an abstract of the theories and diagrams of B. W. Betts (1887) by Louisa S. Cook, which details New Zealander Benjamin Betts’s remarkable attempts to mathematically model the evolution of human consciousness through geometric forms. From the Introduction:

“The symbolic forms which Mr. Betts has evolved through his system of Representation resemble, when developed in two dimensions, conventionalised but very scientifically and beautifully conventionalised leaf-outlines. When in more than two dimensions they approximate to the forms of flowers and crystals. …. The fact that he has accidentally portrayed plant-forms when he was studying human evolution is an assurance to Mr. Betts of the fitness of the symbols he has developed, as it affords presumptive evidence that the laws he is studying intuitively admit of universal application.”

"[Betts’s] study of internal truth by degrees connected itself in his mind with ideas of form, which combination was probably the result of his early training in Decorative and Architectural Art. An analogy used by [Johann Gottlieb] Fichte  in "The Science of Knowledge," of the correspondence of the line and the circle with modes of consciousness, led to his conception of the idea of developing a Science of Representation. He perceived with Leo Grindon that "all forms are representative, and their significance is the science of sciences." (6)

What we see here is one of those representations:

"Mr. Betts has spent more than twenty years in studying the evolution of Man. He contemplates Man, not from the physical, but from the metaphysical point of view; thus the evolution of Man is for him the evolution of human consciousness. He attempts to represent the successive stages of evolution by means of symbolical mathematical forms. These forms represent the course of development of human consciousness from the animal basis, the pure sense-consciousness, to the spiritual or divine consciousness; both which extremes are not man - the one underlying, the other transcending the limits of human evolution. Mr. Betts felt that consciousness is the only fact that we can study directly, since all other objects of knowledge must be perceived through consciousness. Mathematical form, he considers, is the first reflection and most pure image of our subjective activity. Then follows number, having a close relation to linear conception. "Number," Philo said, "is the mediator between the corporeal and the incorporeal"… (9-10)

Words (as “arbitrary, uncertain, inexact” word-symbols) were not enough for Mr. Betts for the expression of metaphysical ideas. He found mathematics the more exact and satisfying medium and believed that “thought is stimulated and enriched by the development of an additional [pun probably not intended] mode of expression.” (10)

Figure 17, our image here, “is the earth and its antithetical form or necessary counterpart, which taken together strangely enough are the same as the ancient astronomical sign for the earth.” (86)

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Revealing the Facebook Social Graph in Physical Reality
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The above 3D torus was created by a 3-lab team who wrote an algorithm for its construction. Based on a theoretical model of the flat torus (John Nash) this construct presents “a completely new type of shape: a smooth fractal.” 

"People thought the theory was too out-of-reach and abstract," says Lazarus [one of the mathematicians who wrote the algorithm]. "But we have converted it into an algorithm — one that can be implemented by mathematicians in real life."

                                                                                 <..in real life..>
From Wired UK August 2012
Is a torus a visualization of an information network?

The noise-message coupling fluctuates “in the torus…the space of transformation of noise into message, and vice versa” (Serres, Parasite, 69)



"Nature appears to rely on one core recurring pattern to evolve life at every scale – the torus.It is a donut shaped energy vortex that you can see everywhere from atoms to galaxies and beyond. The torus is nature’s way of creating and sustaining life and it can serve as a template for sustainability. Knowledge of the pattern is already advancing fan and propeller technologies, powering clean, “new energy” devices, informing non-violent self defense, and helping us better understand the nature of the “unified field.”"(via Thrive)

The above 3D torus was created by a 3-lab team who wrote an algorithm for its construction. Based on a theoretical model of the flat torus (John Nash) this construct presents “a completely new type of shape: a smooth fractal.” 

"People thought the theory was too out-of-reach and abstract," says Lazarus [one of the mathematicians who wrote the algorithm]. "But we have converted it into an algorithm — one that can be implemented by mathematicians in real life."

                                                                                <..in real life..>

From Wired UK August 2012

Is a torus a visualization of an information network?

The noise-message coupling fluctuates “in the torus…the space of transformation of noise into message, and vice versa”
(Serres, Parasite, 69)

"Nature appears to rely on one core recurring pattern to evolve life at every scale – the torus.It is a donut shaped energy vortex that you can see everywhere from atoms to galaxies and beyond. The torus is nature’s way of creating and sustaining life and it can serve as a template for sustainability. Knowledge of the pattern is already advancing fan and propeller technologies, powering clean, “new energy” devices, informing non-violent self defense, and helping us better understand the nature of the “unified field.”"
(via Thrive)

Cellular phone communications networks by the vastly talented Jer Thorp. Made for Wired UK, August 2010.
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Cellular phone communications networks by the vastly talented Jer Thorp. Made for Wired UK, August 2010.

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NonZero Revealed in the Making

Contention: The decisions required and assumptions acquired in the act(s) of making the (structures of the) network visualization reveal its nonzero nature.

Test Network Visualization: http://sigmajs.org/

Test Network Information Simulation: http://ccl.northwestern.edu/netlogo/

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Uberdata: Mapping the San Franciscome

"Here are San Francisco’s location networks, showing the probability that a ride starts in one neighborhood and ends in another.”

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