The Philosophy of the Instrumentation Vocabulary

Instrumentation has 256 categorical Terms in the Creation layer. These Terms are the basis for the "Common Vocabulary for Casual Conversation" within Instrumentation. Ideally these terms would equitably cover the most likely conversational scenarios for any human being.

This section deals with the (less obvious) attributes that I would like to see embodied by Created or 'categorical' Terms and by Described terms in order to make the language consistent, efficient and universal.


The 'Initial load' vocabulary is a prototype that I threw together in a couple of months to demonstrate how Instrumentation can work. Some parts fit together reasonably well, but other parts are in obvious need of repair. My point is that the current vocabulary may not always accurately support the ideals expressed herein. I hope to find some automated way to create a more complete and balanced vocabulary, but until then individual changes can provide needed terms for specific instances.

Keep Creation simple

First of all, the 256 basic singular entity nouns should be the first terms learned, so they must be the most simple, common, useful form within their category. These should be the terms a child would use when dealing with this subject. These terms need not have the 'archetypical' meaning if that meaning is less common. My current inclination is that the 'archetypical' term should be the 'top' Description term (the term that has the Relative, Value, Sensation and Time laths.)

For example, the term 'mother' is the root term for the category Created with the "Self, Object, Meaning, Thought and Number" spokes. This category contains terms for various 'close relations'. 'Mother' was chosen over the terms 'parent', 'sibling', 'father', etc., because a mother is an 'average' (hypothetical) child's first contact and focus within a family. This image is taken from the Instrumentation game.

The Glyph for 'mother'

Check for Duplication

Make sure that the term you want to add doesn't already have a synonym or other closely related term within the existing vocabulary. Since Instrumentation can only ever have sixteen thousand 'nouns' in its "Common Vocabulary", it is important to try to make sure that each of those nouns has a distinct meaning.

The Specialization layer will be the place to put terms that are "variations on a theme". In other words, 'dog' is Descriptive, 'poodle' is Specialized. 'Wolf' could probably be replaced with a more global term for a wild canine.

Keep Creation flexible

Every categorical noun should be easily convertible to an adjective, an adverb or an active noun. Mother has no active term ('motherhood' might be a reasonable choice), but it has an adjective form (motherly) and an adverbial form (motheringly). If the noun can't be used as an adjective or adverb it should be a 'Non-Descriptive Noun'.

Each Categorical term also has sixty three other terms that should be related to it in some way. Together, these terms should cover everything necessary for dealing with that subject. The trick is in identifying the unifying theme that runs through all of the terms within a category and then elaborating that theme by 'abstracting' new terms that further define the theme.


When beauty is abstracted
then ugliness has been implied;
when good is abstracted
then evil has been implied.
So alive and dead are abstracted from nature,
difficult and easy abstracted from progress,
long and short abstracted from contrast,
high and low abstracted from depth,
song and speech abstracted from melody,
after and before abstracted from sequence.
The sage experiences without abstraction,
and accomplishes without action;
he accepts the ebb and flow of things,
nurtures them, but does not own them,
and lives, but does not dwell.

-- Lao Tse, "Tao Te Ching

Separate entity and action nouns

The entire collection of basic nouns is partitioned into passive terms (entity nouns and adverbs) and active terms (action nouns and adverbs). Determining the Yin or Yang provenance of a noun can be difficult, but the following method may help.

When adding a noun to the vocabulary, ask yourself if the noun is something that an entity can 'be' or something that an entity can 'do'.

'Something' may not be a person or even a physical object. A dream can 'be' an obsession (passive) or a dream can 'do' obsessing (active).

If a noun can apparently fill both roles, there is probably another form of the word that is obviously active or passive. These two words together are the Yin and Yang pair that form the backbone of Instrumentation's semantic structure.

Make Description global

Each categorical noun will expand to fifteen (additional) entity nouns, sixteen active nouns and thirty two non-descriptive nouns (or four 'banks' of sixteen terms). These sixty four terms should cover the most common and universal things within that category.

For example, the term 'occasion' can be an 'anniversary' or a 'holiday', but "The Forth of July" is specific to the United States as a holiday (and 'July' is already an existing term). The "Spring Equinox", on the other hand, is an annual global (or astronomical) phenomenon even if you don't personally celebrate pagan rituals. Patriotic and religious festivals should be covered within the Specialization vocabulary that covers that specific country or religion

Make Conversational Phrases Generic

The conversational phrases within the 'Non-Descriptive Noun' area should be chosen for their commonality. Take the phrase, "Lets go to the shoe store". Any specific references to a 'type' of something (like a 'type of store') should be generalized as much as possible without losing their applicability to the original phrase. In other words "shoe store" could become 'store' easily, but turning it into 'place' would remove the connotation of shopping (and therefore probably the entire point of the conversation).

Using this method, a second glyph would be added to customize the conversational phrase for multiple purposes.
    "Lets go to the store" + "with parameter of shoes"

Use the Types as a guide

The term should relate, as closely as possible, to the combination of spokes that define it. The term should be accompanied by a rationale explaining the connection. This rationale is separate from the definition of the term.

The 'initial load' vocabulary currently lacks rationales.

Group Terms by fours

The 256 basic singular entity nouns can actually be thought of as 64 major categorical terms with four variations each.

The Relation and Number spokes are the lowest value spokes in the Creation layer. As such, they are considered to be variations on the 'major categorical terms' defined by the six spokes that out-rank them (Self, State, Object, Time, Meaning and Thought).

The Relation spoke creates a term which is important 'to' (or important 'because of') something else. The Number spoke creates a term which involves a quantity, a fraction, subtype, a supertype, a more inclusive or more specific version of its categorical parent term. To expand this into a list:

Typical Class
Number Mental
Relation Social
Relation + Number Physical
Parts + Assemblies

For example, 'sport' is a major categorical term involving Self, State, Object and Thought. If we add the Number spoke we get 'player', which is the 'thinking' component of a sport. If we add the Relation spoke we get 'team' which shows how sports relate to people (within Instrumentation, most relationships involve people). If we add both the Relation and Number spokes we get 'bat'. Bat is a simple example of sports equipment (and 'ball' is already a type of 'toy). Each of the three minor categories (team, player and bat) is an element of the major category (sport), but each minor category is a completely different type of thing.

Hopefully this hierarchical ordering will make the categories easier to remember.

Optimize common Terms

Always attempt to put the "Most Common Meanings" where they can take advantage of the shortest aspects. This is true whether the terms are actually 'spoken' or not. The fewest syllables require the fewest keyboard chords.

Here is a chart of the Instrumentation term length frequency.  The 'Calculation' is, "The number of combinations of eight items taken (Syllable Count) items at a time, times sixteen to the power of (Syllable Count) minus the total previous counts".

Syllable Count
Calculation using Syllable 'count':
8(combined by)count X 16^count
Aspect Count
1 X 1 (the term is 'yes' or 'true') =
8 X 16 (minus previous count)  =
28 X 256 (minus previous counts) =
56 X 4,096 (minus previous counts) =
70 X 65,536 (minus previous counts) =
4.55 Meg
56 X 1,048,576 (minus previous counts) =
52 Meg
28 X 16,777,216 (minus previous counts) =
392 Meg
8 X 268,435,456 (minus previous counts) =
2 Gig
1 X 4.3 Billion (minus previous counts) =
2 Gig

This table only covers positive terms. The chart for negative terms would have the same aspect counts, but the syllable counts would be larger by one.

Avoid awkward finger combinations

The most awkward finger positions are Index + Little and Pointer + Index + Little. They have values of '5' and 'D' respectively (or 'neatly' and 'zooming', if you've learned the mnemonic). They can be used to better represent unpleasant events, but care must be taken in order to avoid any bias. The "Greater Good" should be defined in terms of simple human needs, such as clean water, fresh food, secure shelter, personal safety, open ended education and uncensored communication. (This list is not authoritative.)

Philosophical values must be adopted by autonomous aware individuals if those values are to have any weight at all. Designing any personal viewpoint into the Instrumentation language will not end well. There are plenty of educated people in the world who can spot an agenda and would mistrust any tool that was found to be 'tainted'. The fact that the vocabulary could be corrected would be lost in the socio-religous-political fire storm that would ensue.

Please trust me on this.

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