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

From: Eric Armstrong (
Date: Sun Aug 27 2000 - 00:29:47 PDT

What does this have to do with the design we are doing
right now, today?

"John J. Deneen" wrote:
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> Subject: [Unrev-II] The DiscourseNavigator© (Fractagrams & Gamutgrams rooted in the ideas of C.S. Peirce and Charles Morris)
> Date: Fri, 07 Jul 2000 13:01:28 -0700
> From: "John J. Deneen" <>
> To:
> "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:
> Methodology
> Applications
> Updates
> .... 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 ( 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 practices.
> 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 others."

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