Place of Understanding
Principles for Working Together on Knowledge

 
 
Intro
Prelim
Definition
Construction
Comm
Theory
Results
Conclusion
Appendices
Definitions
Place of Understanding requires that a definition provide a clear separation between: a) the-defined-thing and b) what is NOT the-defined-thing
 
 
Process of definition involves going from a source to a defined something
Construction
A construction site or workspace provides the context for building things. Defined raw materials are needed as inputs to the construction process.
Construction involves a setting where capabilities are present and defined raw materials are delivered
Communication
Communication requires standards.
Communication involves characters used as raw materials to build symbols, then symbols attached to meanings; people must agree about which symbol gets attached to which meaning. In other words, communication requires stadards: standard alphabet, standard glossary, and standard language practices including punctuation, grammar, reading order, etc.
Theories
We communicate about science via theories. Each theory requires a well-defined mental workspace.
Each theory requires a good construction site: good boundaries, standard capabilities and raw materials, and the ability to define new concepts and verb meanings     
 
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Place of Understanding [Place] avoids the philosophically controversial matter of existence, and concerns itself with whether something is present or absent in a given setting. Place determines that a theory should start with a blank context, introduce meanings from natural language via axiom, enforce some needed restrictions on initial, elementary meanings, and comply with its common-sense rules for definition, construction and communication.

   

Theoretical Foundations by Sally Seaver

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