There are many reasons why these things should be indicated in advance. First of all, they can initially and continuously steer the genesis and evolution ' of the field. Those who would advance ideonomy can foreknow the directions in which they should labor and the abilities of the human race which they should specifically seek to enhance.
Secondly, initial support for ideonomy can justify and regulate itself by reference to the explicit promise of the creatable discipline.
Finally, a prior listing of the would-be future capabilities of ideonomy
can later serve as a test of what the field can actually do, as well as
provide a basis for evaluating the degree of success and accomplishment
of those who undertook to found, establish, and exploit ideonomy.
The following discussion enlarges upon Figure '39 "A Table of 186 'Things ldeonomy Can Do"', which the reader should glance at in advance. Most but not all of the table's entries correspond to all or part of ideonomy's 320 named Concerns.
When a thing, phenomenon, process, or possibility is encompassed in a particularly complete, circumscribed, or multifold way, aesthetic pleasure can result. And ideonomy seeks to achieve these things in an unprecedented measure.
New ways of thinking and perceiving things should follow upon the use of ideonomy, and a general growth of human intelligence and sensibility. This sort of innovation is commonly both cause and effect of beauty Is apprehension. In fact, ideonomy should eventually lead to the development of additional forms, styles, themes, and purposes of art.
A philosophical principle in ideonomy asserts that everything is infinitely
complex and beautiful, and one of the major reasons why the field was originally
conceived was that it might provide some of the necessary means for recognizing
and mastering Nature's fundamental infinitude.
But analogies transcend beauty in their interest and importance. They also have to do with truth, utility, obligations, and human destiny; and whatever serves these things, they can serve.
A primary concern of ideonomy is to provide man with a tool kit for
reaching far deeper into the infinite analogical foundations of physical
reality, of his own mind, and of the spiritual fabric of civilization than
h has ever gone before or had the power to go-with a particle accelerator,
in effect, capable of shattering the apparent atoms of our being into their
hidden component similarities and dissimilarities.
ldeonomy can be used to discover how like or superficially unrelated things are similar-on many different levels, in many different dimensions, and in very different manners. It can indicate the extent of analogies, and the causes and effects or corollaries of analogies. It can suggest which things resemble which other things, or the clusters of general and partial likeness of things, It can point not only to analogies between things but to analogies between analogies, in ascending and descending hierarchies-and inductive and deductive series. It can specify chains of analogies that transform via discrete decrements and increments, that diverge, converge, and anastomose, even in cyclic groups,, and that interconnect all things in a surprisingly continuous and unified way.
Yet the kinds of alternatives, their bases, and their elements recur
again and again in a way that is almost indifferent to-the field, the phenomenon,
or the general problem or circumstance.
ideonomy has the power to illuminate alternatives in all of these cases and to make the treatment of alternatives much more methodic, efficient, and straightforward.
ldeonomy can help to rectify these problems and to rationalize the analytic
ldeonomy can correct this unenlightened outlook and simultaneously provide the necessary means for the systematic discovery, . analysis, explanation, and exploitation of anomalies in every department of human knowledge and experience.
It can suggest some of the larger implications of the existence of anomalies,
classify anomalies into types, and predict where, when, and why anomalies
More generally, examples, types, and types of questions can be correlated
respectively with examples, types, and types of answers-for predictive,
evaluative, educational, expository, and other purposes. This can indicate
errors and non-.sequiturs, make for more consistent arguments and more
logical conclusions, free attention to concentrate on novel or creative
question-answer elements or relationships by separating them from others
that have already been decided or are automatic or trivial, promote the
automation of question-asking and -answering, lead to the computerized
discovery and exploration of complex, massive, and growing arrays, matrices,
spaces, series, networks, hierarchies, vergences, and other ordered and
dynamic structures of finite and infinite sets of question-answer interrelationships,
further the generalization of questions and answers both and mutually,
and so on.
Ideonomy can show inter alia the logical, grammatic, syntactic, stylistic, vocabular, tactical, strategic, quantitative or qualitative, and semantic ways in which an arbitrary, general, or specific question or answer-either given or potential-can be varied, permuted, transformed -modulated, used,-or advanced. It can suggest the reasons for-and implications, corollary.requirements, problems. positive features, developmental possibilities, etc of-these ways; or for or of all genera and other types of questions and answers.
The empirical and logical series of sub- and super-questions and sub-
and super-answers that pertain to questions and answers are indicable by
Ideonomy can be used to survey the entire range of arguments that are to be found everywhere and in all fields, that concern the most varied matters, that make use of the most varied means, that exhibit the most diverse structure, and that serve the most encyclopedic ends and needs.
It can then be used to characterize, distinguish, distill, classify, systematize, formalize, and index these arguments, to specify their basic elements and laws, to show how they can be combined, controlled, transformed, generalized, perfected, and answered, and to indicate which should apply where, when, why, and how.
It can cull the best arguments of each standard type, and make them efficiently accessible on a computer as a library of exemplars and guides. Logical, generic, and expedient transitions between different arguments can be shown.
ldeonomy can be used to explore the : structure, progression, subthemes
axioms, assumptions, style, levels, tactics, fallacies, errors, omissions,
argumentative links and nodes, set structure, hierarchic and network structure,
chains and series, options and capacities. alternative forms and courses,
conceptual dimensions, correspondences and coherences or lack thereof,
successes and failures, excellences and weaknesses, data, deceptions, and
analogical transformations : of one's own or others' arguments.
It can help one to construct or refine an argument.
It can be combined with artificial intelligence to program a computer
to automatically rebut one's arguments or statements, to debate one, or
to argue for certain positions or to required or desirable goals.
Various types of ideonomic diagrams, or so-called ideograms, can be constructed to plan, enhance, analyze, monitor-, critique, administer. stimulate, transform, unify, expedite, teach, illustrate, proceduralize, compare, record or aid memory of, amplify, communicate, simplify, or edit arguments, or to interrelate them with the entirety of ideonomy.
The types of answers and solutions that naturally pertain to various types of questions and problems can be indicated.
Ideonomy can also train one to structure one's arguments by exposing
one repeatedly to all of the various possible permutations of different
There are universal typos of assumptions-and universal taxons and systems of classification thereof-to which all assumptions whatever belong. These things tan be discovered, researched, taught, and exploited.
There are also both tendential and necessary clusters of assumptions.
Certain assumptions tend to be made together and some types of assumptions
are absolutely inseparable and unisolable.
When certain pairs or sets of assumptions occur together, or occur together in certain ways or measures, other assumptions are implied that would otherwise be improbable. The tendency of sets of assumptions to imply the existence and nonexistence of other sets of assumptions, that in turn imply existence and nonexistence of still other sets (or hyper-sets) of assumptions, and so on ad infinitum, justifies a search for the total structure of all possible assumptions, and for rules, tests, and criteria that would enable us to exploit that structure efficiently.
Unconscious assumptions are often made that one would' not consciously
wish to make or find acceptable. Ideonomy can help one to ferret out such
insidious or automatic assumptions.
One can explore in advance what the consequences might be if one were to make certain assumptions, since generic assumptions have generic consequences and chains of consequences, and various models and scenarios can be constructed from standard rules and elements.
Through ideonomy one can survey the important forms and examples of
ignorance,- unsolved problems, unanswered questions, peculiar difficulties,
complexities, paradoxes, ambiguities, prejudices, controversies, etc :
and then ponder the world of mere or dubious assumptions that such things
would also imply to exist and be important, either in general or in specific
The example could be taken to suggest a general need and opportunity for the development of a vocabulary and grammar able to characterize the behavior of any phenomenon or entity. Science and human language, in their present form, are notably deficient in the ability to describe the behavior of most things, or to relate the behavior of one thing to the behavior of another, and so our world's manifestly diverse and complex behavior remains largely opaque and uncomprehended. This is tragic, given the importance of behavior to fathoming the full and authentic nature of things- ' or ' to the very being of things, if you will.
Where there is a certain form of behavior, ideonomy can suggest through its scope and generalization-the purposes, causes, effects, laws, needs, capacities, potentials, goals, mechanisms, dimensions, elements, interests, limitations, courses, variants, quantities, and evolution of that behavior, as well as its combinations and interactions with various other forms of behavior or the behavior of other things. deonomy can suggest how to find analogies between seemingly disparate and unrelated examples of behavior, and such analogies can in turn lead to the systematic discovery of unsuspected behavioral differences.