Knowledge Organisation


Kim H. Veltman

Images and Words: Fractals and Fuzzy Logic

Unpublished, Toronto, 1995

1. Introduction
2. Images and Fractals
3. Words and Fuzzy Logic
4. Adjustable Perspective and Image Classification
5. Grammar and Cultural Words
6. Universal Concepts and the Classification of Particular Words
7. Conclusions.

1. Introduction

Each of us has at some point been misunderstood. Three simple variables are involved: a) what we mean, b) the words we use for this and c) the objects, events or experiences in the physical or spiritual world to which they correspond (fig 1). In our minds there was a one-to-one correspondence between a, b and c. In the mind of the person who misunderstood us there was no such correspondence.

The correspondence that we assumed should exist between our meaning, our words and our objects, was not unlike the correspondence that Renaissance artists and scientists assumed between our perception, our (visual) images and the objects they represent, and built on a much older tradition which compared painting and poetry (ut pictura poesis). What was there, what we drew and what we saw were assumed to correspond.

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