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Thursday, February 18

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    Science and Sanity by Alfred Korzybski
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Thursday, February 11

  1. page Structure of Time Binding edited The process of time binding has a structure and elements that make things, processes and informati…
    The process of time binding has a structure and elements that make things, processes and information more ‘time-bindable’ i.e. more likely to be time bound and to remain as societal and informational processes that are transmitted across generations and through time.
    The following are some of the elements that support time binding:
    Human Value – the item/process/information that is time bound confers some value to the society and people who promulgate it. This value can take the form of –
    Usefulness
    Attractiveness
    Entertainment
    Novelty
    Towards Value or Away From Value
    Paces the extant values system and links to it or supports it
    Etc.
    Available – the item/process/information that is time bound needs to be available to ensuing generations. This means that the wider it is disseminated the more likely it will be to be time bound. Availability includes such properties as –
    Searchable
    Understandable
    Accessible
    Etc.
    Social – an item/process/information is more likely to be time bound if it links to, facilitates or enhances social processes. This can involve –
    Communicability
    Social Facilitation
    Increased Social Status
    Etc.
    Transmission Channels – items/processes/information can become time bound through various transmission channels, some of which make time binding more likely –
    Direct human communication and education
    Indirect via books, web pages and other media including entertainment
    Indirect via instantiations of knowledge into systems, artifacts and infrastructure that then constrain and reinforce ongoing human behaviour e.g. road systems time bind patterns of travel and modes of behaviour
    Different channels have more or less loss and distortion i.e. Time Binding Accuracy
    Etc.
    Self Replication – items/processes/information that have inherent in their meme-sets and belief structures the basis of self propagation and replication will be more effective and long lasting in their time binding e.g. the major religions of the world have a self-reinforcing and self-replicating meme structure such that they intrinsically encourage and reward dissemination of the religion and conversion of new adherents, etc.
    Etc.

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  2. page Bound Too Tightly edited An entertaining urban legend, excerpted from the excellent site 'This is not that', nicely exempli…
    An entertaining urban legend, excerpted from the excellent site 'This is not that', nicely exemplifies how time binding is not always positive, and how many time bound beliefs and societal processes become entrenched and are in a sense 'bound too tightly'.
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    “The U.S. Standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is four feet, eight-and-a-half inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number.
    Why was that gauge used? Because that’s the way they built them in England, and the U. S. railroads were built by English expatriates.
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    Why did the English people build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that’s the gauge they used. Why did “they” use that gauge then? Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.
    Okay! Why did the wagons use that odd wheel spacing? Well, if they tried to use any other spacing the wagons would break on some of the old long distance roads, because that’s the spacing of the old wheel ruts.
    So who built these old rutted roads? The first long distance roads in Europe were built by Imperial Rome for the benefit of their legions. The roads have been used ever since.
    And the ruts? The initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagons, were first made by Roman war chariots. Since the chariots were made for or by Imperial Rome they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. Thus we have the answer to the original question. The United States standard railroad gauge of four feet, eight-and-a-half inches derives from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman army war chariot. Specs and bureaucrats live forever. So, the next time you are handed a specification and wonder what horse’s ass came up with it, you may be exactly right. Because the Imperial Roman chariots were made to be just wide enough to accommodate the back ends of two war horses.
    Now the twist to the story . . . .
    There’s an interesting extension of the story about railroad gauge and horses’ behinds. When we see a Space Shuttle sitting on the launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are the solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at a factory in Utah. The engineers who designed the SRBs might have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line to the factory runs through a tunnel in the mountains. The SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than a railroad track, and the railroad track is about as wide as two horse’s behinds.
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    So a major design feature of what is arguably the world’s most advanced transportation system was determined by the time binding way too tightly of the width of a horse’s ass!
    [excerpted from: Time-Binding Bound Too Tightly - This is not That]

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Sunday, February 7

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    TIME-BINDING: The General Theory FIRST PAPER by ALFRED KORZYBSKI
    Science and Sanity by Alfred Korzybski
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