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Dynamics and Singularities in the Knowledge Universe

Annex 2 of Towards an Astrophysics of the Knowledge Universe: from astronautics to noonautics?

Dynamics: Periodic processes
Dynamics: "Non-periodic" events
Dynamics: Evolution
Astrophysical metaphor for evolution of gated conceptual communities

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Dynamics: Periodic processes

The knowledge universe may be experienced as static (unchanging, discussed above) or dynamic (changing, even evolving), or as a mixture of both. From any particular perspective, change may be perceived to occur within the knowledge universe, especially after a more or less extended period of observation. Certain changes may typically only be detectable if the period of observation is a significant proportion of the period over which they occur.

  • Solar orbits: With respect to a source of excitement, giving rise to heat and light, in my immediate knowledge space, the following orbits may be distinguished:

    • Binary orbit: It is possible that the source in question takes a binary form, typical of disciplines or religions with opposing schools of thought that are in constant dynamic relation to each other. This is exemplified by such cases as: intuitive and formalist mathematics, Shia and Shiite branches of Islam, Jungian and Freudian branches of psychoanalysis ***
    • "Mine": Typically an observer in knowledge space occupies a particular position which effectively orbits around the focus of that discipline, exemplified by its elites or its "star" figure. However it is readily assumed that "my" position is static and central, and that any "stellar" concept "rises" and "sets" in relation to "my" position. *** stars / celebrities
    • Planetary orbits: In addition to the school of thought with which the observer is associated, other schools of thought may each orbit around the central source of inspiration of that knowledge/belief system. Such orbits are notably distinguished by their distance from the central star, by their mass and by the period of their orbit. Some may be extremely difficult to detect, especially since their visibility is dependent on the light they reflect from their central source of inspiration. Others may be indistinguishable, at first sight, from far more distant stars.
  • Lunar orbits: Tertiary conceptual objects may also exist in orbital motion and their difference may, at first sight, be difficult to distinguish from entiies that are a direct source of heat and light:
    • "My" moon(s): These are the conceptual objects that orbit around the position of an observer -- and that may well be significantly illuminated by the central "stellar" object. They may appear to be of equal or greater size and may well exert gravitational effects on that position
    • "My" lunar orbit: The position of an observer may orbit around a secondary (planetary) source rather than around the central (stellar) source of that system of knowledge. It would then be illuminated by light from both the central source and from the planetary source
    • Planetary lunar orbits: Other conceptual objects in "planetary" orbit around "my sun" may also have tertiary objects in orbit around them, although these may be much more difficult to detect from the position of an observer on another planet.
  • Precession
  • Galactic orbit
  • reconfigure
    • terrorism / fear
    • info bomb
  • terrorism / fear
  • info bomb

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