Progress has been slow in my study of ternarics and higher enarics (how complex simplicity can be!), but I hope to finish a small (about 20 pp.) paper I've been working sporadically on over the last couple of years on this subject called "Toward Ternarics" and put it in this year here and in the Yahoo group lawsofform. This paper as its title indicates will be very far from complete even so (more on this below). The present post is more a recitation of mea-culpas, if that's the phrase, if anything.
realization, and this by way of at best qualified mea culpa, has to do
with my invocation on various occasions in the Yahoo group of "groundedness" in
enarics, which in fact arose from a misunderstanding on my part of the direction of indication in the calculus of form as presented in LoF:
Indication is outward, in the opposite direction from depth.
Although (the qualification referred to) grounded form may well prove to
be in the end another variety of form.
Another and much more
important realization has been that The Enary Plenary Parenthetics
(TEPP) that I've put forth here and in the Yahoo group represent only a small
subset of the varieties of form at each level above the binaric, and a
logarithmically smaller subset at that with each increase in order, from
ternaric to quaternaric, quaternaric to quinaric, and so on. There are
explosions combinatorial and otherwise of properties absent or
degenerate in Lof and the binaric as form and analysis increase in order
above the binaric; I can barely do more at present than point to the
fact (this is another excuse for my slow progress). Essentially, the
enary plenaries treated in TEPP are "binaric-like" (I cannot describe it
any better here). I strongly doubt any of us will live to see the
complete explication of the properties of even the orders treated in
TEPP, up to the undecenaric: The ternaric volume corresponding to LoF
must necessarily be a larger and likely a much larger volume, and that
corresponding to the quaternaric a multi-volume set. (I console myself
with the reflection that this is not complexity but richness.)
Ternarics" will need to be made mutatis mutandis into a new but
necessarily still provisional introduction to TEPP. I also need to fix
the missing-forms problem above the nonaric in those tables; to generate
and release the corresponding tables of what I've been calling
"eversions" and now call "perspects" (the internal views in each form, taken as a series of interconnecting cells with the appropriate visibility) as well; to simplify and release the software tools involved
(see the next paragraph); and to generate the numeric sequences
corresponding to the enary plenaries and perspects in various ways, if
only to help people realize when they're dealing with phenomena best
modeled by enaric analysis. ("This is not complexity but richness"
With the regard to the software tools involved, which
are unavoidably going to eventually become very numerous and complex
indeed, I tend to write portmanteau warez, which is a fundamental
programming error, other than in software intended for nonprogrammer
use: The correct "software tools philosophy" is that warez should
consist of tightly-defined utilities each doing one thing well, which
can then be cobbled together in various pipelines as needed, as in shell
languages such as bash and the multimedia language Gstreamer. Jim Snyder-Grant of the Yahoo group wrote a program generating the initial forms at each order (before checking for duplicates and equiforms, eg "(())()" and "()(())") that is one such, as is my "eversions.c" (soon to become "perspects.c")
generating perspects from a supplied form (see the "Software"
directory in the Yahoo group), although both should be rewritten to take their inputs
from standard input (keyboard or redirected output), for the sake of
pipelining. Such arrangement allows software to be used as flexibly as
possible, and in ways unimagined by the original programmers. (I might
as well add here that Jim's program generates parenthetics deepest on
the left, and mine on the right, and while I've come around to believing
that left-weighted is best, for ease of taxonomic and dictionary
use—another revision of TEPP!—both and related warez should probably be
written to work either way.)
One result of reflection upon the
ternaric and higher enaric properties and explosions referred to above
has been a correction of another foolish error of mine with regard to
LoF and the binaric.
GSB says in LoF, "Notes", "Chapter 2", that
"In conceiving the calculus of indications, we begin at a point of such degeneracy as to find that the ideas of description, indication, name,
and instruction can amount to the same thing."
this as embodying a claim that form and symbolization are identical or
degenerate in LoF and the binaric, with which I casually if not sloppily
(even mystically) did not disagree.
Call an expression combining
several subexpressions such as "()()" a "symplex", or "symplexed" (and
an involved expression such as "(())" an "implex" or "implexed"—this
terminology is from "Toward Ternarics").
The symbolization of symplexes in LoF is (borrowing a term from arithmetic theory) "commutative", eg
(())() = ()(())
the form of course is not, the form represented on both sides of the
equation being exactly the same (which is, after all, exactly what that
Form and symbol are therefore not identical or degenerate even in LoF and the binaric.
is one explosion one can point to resulting from the increase in enaric
and analytical order from the unaric to the binaric.
am troubled by what I call the "low-hanging fruit" problem with regard to LoF and binarics themselves: Generally, whenever a new form of
analysis is introduced, there will be a quick harvesting of problems the
solutions of which are then rendered easier or even possible by the new
analysis. We have not seen this with regard to LoF and binarics in the
half-century since LoF was published. It is true that many varieties of
binaric analysis were already in use long before LoF, and indeed LoF
represents a pushing downward hierarchy-of-analysis-wise from one such,
the algebraic treatment of propositional-logical truth-values, and the
application of the algebra of form to the solution of propositional
logical problems in Appendix 2 of LoF represents only a beautiful
simplification of what was already used and known as "binary
resolution". But what about the use of binaric imaginaries, in logic and
elsewhere? GSB used one such in a switching-problem. Where are the
others? Even GSB has not produced such (and the last I read was totting
up seemingly metaphysical ternaries like a Welsh bard, although it's
true that taxonomy comes first, hence TEPP). One can point to Maxwell's
originally-controversial use of arithmetic imaginaries in his
electromagnetic field equations which relatively quickly led to
acceptance and widespread use thereof.
Where are the applications of binarics and (more importantly) binaric and logical imaginaries likewise?