Triple Entendre (triple_entendre) wrote,
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Just finished skimming over the essay Destruction and Creation by John R. Boyd. I note with interest that, as is true in many of the more interesting areas of philosophy and science, he's analyzing something from such an essential level that it makes a fitting metaphor for many more refined areas of human endeavor, and in this instance, I note that he's very nicely describing the reasoning behind many of the formal methods that I (sometimes grudgingly force myself to) use when I design databases:

Remember, as previously shown, we can forge a new concept by applying the destructive deduction and creative induction mental operations. Also, remember, in order to perform these dialectic mental operations we must first shatter the rigid conceptual pattern, or patterns, firmly established in our mind. (This should not be too difficult since the rising confusion and disorder is already helping us to undermine any patterns). Next, we must find some common qualities, attributes, or operations to link isolated facts, perceptions, ideas, impressions, interactions, observations, etc. together as possible concepts to represent the real world. Finally, we must repeat this unstructuring and restructuring until we develop a concept that begins to match-up with reality. By doing this—in accordance with Gödel, Heisenberg and the Second Law of Thermodynamics—we find that the uncertainty and disorder generated by an inward-oriented system talking to itself can be offset by going outside and creating a new system. Simply stated, uncertainty and related disorder can be diminished by the direct artifice of creating a higher and broader more general concept to represent reality.

Tags: database design, externalizing, philosophy, programming
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