What would it be like to speak a language whose "words" were grounded in a system of pattern? How might the ability to precisely and coherently express the grammar, vocabulary and syntax of information as patterns rather than as arbitrary symbols shape our ability to more clearly know and communicate?
Perhaps the most intuitive way to understand ADEPT LION as a system of pattern is to think of it as a network graph of nodes and relationships. Each node in this network graph is given a type based upon its particular combination of incoming relationships. This type is what is meant by "pattern" and it becomes the basis for applying rules regarding how it may relate to other nodes via outgoing relationships.
In ADEPT LION there are only 7 kinds of relationship and this limitation results in 219 types of nodes. Each of the 7 kinds of relationship convey a particular facet of meaning and each of the 219 types of nodes represent a particular type of created meaning. In ADEPT LION terminology, the nodes are called occasions and the relationships are called channels.
Any occasion's type -“what it is”- is a result of the “pattern” made by its particular combination of channel inputs. A channel input is always just another occasion having its own type. The types of occasions can be classified in a few different ways but the most important of these is called the rivulet. A rivulet type may also have subtypes that are called trickles. Trickles are the most specific level of classification and as already mentioned, the count of distinct trickle subtypes is 219. The count of rivulet types is just 63.
All of the trickle subtypes of a particular rivulet type will be functionally equivalent. This means that the rules that govern how one occasion can serve as an input to another occasion will operate at the level of rivulets, not trickles. Therefore, the added specificity of a trickle does not effect how the rules work but it does impact the meaning of occasions.
What a channel relationship conveys is limited to a particular set of patterns, establishing a recursive, or self-defining system. The names of these particular sets make up the acronym of ADEPT, which stands for Ascriptive & Descriptive Entities for Process & Translation.
The 7 diamonds within the circles of the diagram above each represent one of the seven channels. The large circle at the center represents an occasion whose type will be determined by the conveyed values of other occasions through the seven channels. The channels as inputs are represented both by the diamonds and by the arrows that are labeled with their one letter abbreviations (the last 7 letters of the English alphabet).
1. The Thing Channel is abbreviated as [t] and represents the intrinsic aspect of the occasion.
2. The Use Channel is abbreviated as [u] and represents the extrinsic aspect of the occasion.
3. The Variety Channel is abbreviated as [v] and represents the symbolic aspect of the occasion.
4. The Word Channel is abbreviated as [w] and represents the semantic aspect of the occasion.
5. The Subject Channel is abbreviated as [x] and represents the individual aspect of the occasion.
6. The Object Channel is abbreviated as [y] and represents the grouping aspect of the occasion.
7. The Source Channel is abbreviated as [z] and represents the contextualizing aspect of the occasion.
There is one more very important classification of occasions that needs to be introduced and it is called an occasion’s Consideration. There are three considerations in ADEPT LION and they are simply called the first, second and third considerations.
A nice way to think of the considerations is that
of ADEPT LION as a pattern language.
And what determines the considerations? The channels.
1. First Consideration evaluates…
2. Second Consideration evaluates
3. Third Consideration evaluates
We say that the considerations evaluate the channels which is simply to say that the considerations look at a subset of the seven possible channel inputs for a given occasion and see what sort of values are being conveyed: this "look" determines the rivulet type and trickle subtype of that occasion.
The channels are grouped into three Considerations representing grammar, vocabulary and syntax.
So, given three separate “looks” of consideration for any given occasion, it may actually have up to three rivulet types and three trickle subtypes. In this way, an ADEPT LION occasion can be thought of as a three dimensional node participating in the composition of grammar, vocabulary or syntax.
the seven channels of ADEPT and their rules of use all operate within a fixed system of pattern which is the primary sense of "limitation" for ADEPT LION
every occasion in ADEPT LION is determined by inputs from other occasions which determine where in turn, the considered occasion may subsequently provide iterative input to additional occasions
the meaning of all that exists in ADEPT LION is grounded in the specific pattern types of occasions and is derivable from the seven channels and their respective aspects of ontological meaning (intrinsic, extrinsic, symbolic, semantic, individual, grouping and contextualizing)
ADEPT LION is comprised of a terminology that distinguishes components that make up a finite collection of notated pattern types
The first consideration of ADEPT LION which frames the "grammar" of this pattern language can be understood as a logical system called "Pattern Logic".
The second consideration of ADEPT LION which frames the "vocabulary" of this pattern language can be understood as a semiotic system called "Pattern Semiotic". "Semiotics" is broadly the study of signs which also comes to encompass linguistics.
The third consideration of ADEPT LION which frames the "syntax" of this pattern language can be understood as a system of defining information structures and is called "Pattern Structure".
The following articles pertain to the topic of ADEPT LION as a pattern language.