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?
When I was an undergraduate and there was a need for a definition recognized as being the most authoritative and of the highest standard, we simply went to the huge dictionary that was available in the library. The volume was placed on its own stand because it was a foot thick and weighed about twenty pounds. Today we don’t have to leave the comfort or convenience of our home office, laptops, smart phone, or iPad to find a definition. Research is being conducted at the local coffee shop with gusto! However, the sheer volume of information begs for synthesis. This book offers a solution.
In this digital age and the advent of the internet, online dictionaries are plentiful. On one website more than fifty dictionaries are listed that define the word PURPOSE. Let us take a look at a conventional definition from a conventional dictionary for the abstract concept noun “purpose” and make a comparison. The conventional definition of “purpose” is “something set up as an object or end to be attained,” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, 11thedition. Webster’s definition is a string of words.
Now let us compare a pattern for the same noun that has been developed with methods presented in the book.
Purpose is a rational stated motive for an expected state that explains or justifies why something happened that was caused by some previous phenomenon. Purpose represents a likely final state, achievement or result and is associated with the process of logical thinking as a consequence of another action, condition, or event that solves a problem or explains how to solve a problem. Purpose is the reason for which something exists, or for which it has been done or made, and is manifested as an anticipated outcome that is intended or guides planned actions to achieve a desired result.
This pattern is the result of the synthesis of twelve definitions from six different dictionaries—the output of the pattern engine—and is equivalent to a protein. The pattern engine will be introduced in Chapter Seven. Unlike the conventional definition, a pattern is expressed in complete sentences, and contains related or allied concepts that are further defined and integrated into the pattern with little circularity. Three of the allied concepts in our example are reason, outcome, and result.
We will look at pattern characteristics in my next post.