Thursday, November 15, 2007

A Comment Pertinent to Visualization of Evidence and Inference

Consider these propositions:
Ideas and diagrams are higher abstractions than words and fonts. The Idea Processor depicts ideas as graphical objects and its relationship as links. You get the Big Picture at all times, and details can be hidden from view. A diagram helps to organize cognitive activities and select approaches to problem solving. A diagram need not be a precise representation of all aspects of the real world. Vagueness helps to distill the generic attributes of the ideas and encourages exploration. A sketch is often not so much vague as it is something that stands for a family of precise models.
Axon Concepts

Note the comment about the possible occasional value of vagueness in diagrams.

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