[Fwd: The DiscourseNavigator© (Fractagrams & Gamutgrams rooted in the ideas of C.S. Peirce and=2]

From: John J. Deneen (jjdeneen@ricochet.net)
Date: Sat Aug 26 2000 - 22:41:13 PDT

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"The DiscourseNavigator© addresses the challenge of contributing a
hypermedia semio-discursive, fractalling tool for the wholistic
representation of interactive human knowledge generation and sharing on
the Web. ...

Links about:

.... A major encouragement to these developments was the discovery of
numerous examples of rigorous thinkers from various disciplines whose
work was readily convertible into fractagrams and gamutgrams. I aim to
present these examples on this Web site and, hopefully, see if these can
inspire visitors to propose modifications and fresh examples from their
own fields. ...

... Todate (Sept.'96) this personally
funded/conceived/designed/published project is now approaching the phase
of designing/testing a prototype. ...

So let's contact Prof. Peter McGuire for collaborating with us on
developing the open-source OHS/DKR, based on his comments (above) and
thesis (below) !!!

Prof. Peter McGuire's (peter@pmcguire.demon.co.uk) thesis:
All sustained interactive discursive projects operate within a
semiotically formatted space of meaning potential which is normally
intuitively exploited to flesh out a developing domain of discourse.
This formatting has the characteristics of a simple recurrent
self-imaging fractal pattern. Fractagramming is a method of making this
meaning potential space a little more explicit, especially in the
increasingly hypermediated Web environment. That is, Fractagramming and
Gamutgramming will exploit this fractal nature in ways that can be
useful to computer mediated communication, especially formal discursive

Fractagrams and Gamutgrams are designed to assist the WHOLISTIC ,
formation, navigation and browsing on the Web. The formulations to be
viewed on the site seek to be coherent, consistent and comprehensive
formal compilations.

   * Fractagrams and Gamutgrams help one to create a new kind of "Table
     of Contents" for the digital era of hyperdocuments.
   * Fractagrams act as powerful intellectual aids to build Gamutgrams -
     wholistic knowledge domain overviews.
   * Gamutgrams map out relational complexities in systematic -yet
     openended -overview models of domains of discourse.
   * Hyperdocuments ( eg. Web pages, etc.) require solutions to problems
     of navigation and browsing through and between knowledge domains.
     Fractagrams and Gamutgrams address this contemporary design issue.

This site is really the birthing of Knowledge Fractagramming and the
regular updating of its ongoing electronic publishing. It will grow into
a hyperdocument tool which can be used within and upon the very
hypermedia environment for which it is being developed!

My intellectual position is essentially semiotic , based mainly on the
work of Charles Sanders Peirce and his follower, Charles Morris. The
site aims to show how semiotics ,and semiotics applied in the form of
Fractagrams and Gamutgrams, have deep roots in the West's philosophical
tradition: from Plato and Aristotle, through Kant, to Peirce and

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