What is a Black Box?

A Black Box is a system (thing) or process (something that happens) where all you see is:

  • Input – The things that affects the black box.
  • Output – The things that the black box produces or affects.Blackbox3D-withGraphs.png

This implies two things:

  • That you sometimes don’t know what happen within a system, even though you know what effects it produces.
  • That you sometimes don’t need to know how something works on the inside to interact with it on a meaningful level.

Whether used with intention or not, a black box symbolizes and represents hidden knowledge and the unmeasured parts of systems. Everything that is unmeasured or uncertain but happens anyways can thus be thought of as a Black Box.

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Fundamentals of a process

Something that is changing is going through a process

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The following are various forms of atomic processes:

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Storing

Putting an object inside another object or environment where it can not be altered by outside forces. (Usually for later use when needed.)

 

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Gather

Putting objects closer to each other or within a specific area

 

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Distribute

Putting objects further away from each other or divided from one source and put into many other locations.

 

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Arrange

Put objects according to a pattern.

 

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Assemble

Connect elements to form a system.

 

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Disassemble

Isolate elements from a system, until it is not the same system.

Documentation overflow

I have a problem.

I come up with ideas and thoughts that I want to recall and revisit. But if I do not write them down, I tend to lose them. It means I can lose unique viewpoints on things that I could otherwise foresee. I risk never having the same perspectives again.

So I document.

A lot.

I write it down the easiest way where ever I can:

This enables me to store and recover information. But it is not enough. I must still find the right notes in the right moment. I must find it when I need it and I need to easily navigate all information.

So far I have tried solving the problems with these methods:

Eliminating – Removing or rewriting the information that is no longer true or that lacks utility.

Tagging and labeling – Putting on labels, tags and keywords on notes to know what they are about. This enables me to find things without having to read the full text or it’s content.

Chunking – Finding commonalities between notes, such as concern, category or function. Then structuring the notes into documents structured by chapters.

Synthesis – Putting together notes with similar meaning and removing repeated content.

This has taken me from 1000s of notes to 100s of documents. But in doing so I lose specificity. Instead of one note for each idea, there is now one document for a cluster of ideas. (Separation of concern?)

What I am trying to do now is:

  1. Automating the above process. I still take notes the same way. This forces me to spend time and focus connecting notes to my bigger documents. I need to jot things down and continue with what I was doing without interrupting my flow. So I write on whatever material I have nearby.
    1. One solution is making me take notes more mindfully to remove the extra step of the process. But that introduces a delay between finding where to write and getting thoughts on paper.
      1. Use one platform. Keeping everything in the same place. I have too many places to look when searching for particular information.
      2. Limit the vocabulary / type of language to make it more generic and easier to search.
      3. Make my information more searchable. This helps me find the correlated information quicker.
      4. Train on merging it quickly and effectively with these notes.
      5. Simplifying the steps of the process enough so that I’m confident I want and can do in a way that doesn’t take up all my time.
      6. Create a Keyword map. Make a head document that acts as a mind map connecting the most important search words in one place.
  2. Making the bigger documents easy to read and navigate. Putting notes in bigger documents creates an unnatural linearity of the information. I’m thinking about using tagging systems to link information in a network structure. I’ve tried this before in Google Keep but stumbled upon multiple problems. Especially increased loading times.

I think my ideas and thoughts are useful so I’ll keep working on them. I aim to open up more and share more. Just need to organise it more!

You know nothing about reality.

All that you have is at some level assumptions. Assumptions can differ only in strength, how strongly they are believed. Belief is based in mind, controlled by physical system, your body, your brain. Your brain has developed through the process of evolution where the physical system you possess is one of the physical structure that has been proven to work towards the purpose and pattern we call survival.(Proven by considering yourself alive today.)

Following heart, feelings or instinct, another way of saying that you give in to ancient evolutionary patterns, which through the reflection of time prove itself worthy relying towards the unknown destination we often call survival.

Impulses adapts us to the physical memory of our environment. Your past connects to the past of this world. You relying on the memory of the physical, part of the world, a formation generated from the creation of life to the being you are now. The memory we call DNA, encoded as self replicating documentation of past experiences, emergent from change happening through time.

Complexity gave us the ability to choose. Tempting behavioural patterns that this world has limited us to through physical are what we call biases. They are sets of patterns in your brain which reacts in specific ways to specific situations, giving rise to predictable behaviours.

“Sensations”, physical impulses traveling through system of matter, which through it’s pattern of movement observes itself and thus reflects. Consciousness, thus an emergent effect from physical arrangement.

To be biased means to be prone to perform certain processes over others. The existence of biases can be simply confirmed by observing that we are beings of memorisation and adaption, in other words systems of learning. we are both patterns seekers and pattern consumers. We have now through what we call our selves, our learning pattern, measured our learning pattern.