Why seek meaning in conceptual fields of knowledge and those allied concepts, principles and paradigms that describe and control them and then connect them with a theory?
Close examination of a pattern reveals certain characteristics: 1) they can be used to create a specification, and 2) they are action oriented. For example, a specification for the concept “purpose” might contain the following statements: the reason something is manifested, an anticipated outcome, guides planned action, and rationally stated motive. Actions related to “purpose” would be: explains or justifies, represents a likely final state, uses logical thinking, solves a problem, and explains how to solve a problem. The patterns that I will be creating are denotative. A noun’s denotation is its literal meaning, the way it would be defined in a dictionary.
According to Edward de Bono — physician, author, inventor and consultant who originated the term lateral thinking, “a pattern is a very efficient way of utilizing information.” Again from de Bono consider this from his book, I am Right You Are Wrong;
“We need a lot of new words to allow us to say and to perceive things which we cannot perceive at the moment. Perception needs a framework just as a scientific examination of evidence needs separate perceptual framework of a hypothesis. But we also need new words to say fresh things which are now said with concepts that are inadequate or carrying heavy negative baggage. In order to make progress there are a lot of basic concepts that we may need to re-conceptualize. It is sometimes possible to establish new patterns as the finer discrimination within an existing pattern just as the concept of lateral thinking was established within ‘creativity’. Patterns can sometimes be changed by adding something to them and eventually shifting their meaning.”
As we proceed through the following chapters, I will be continuously relating the elements of Quality DNA to the subject matter. This will help put everything in context. Suffice it to say, at this point, the structure and strategy for identifying the meaning of quality will closely mimic biological DNA and its purpose of building proteins. Following the DNA analogy, we will be building conceptual patterns that are linked to fields of knowledge, expressed in knowledge principles, explicated by concepts and governed by purposeful paradigms.