Moving as cloud nexi

450px-Tea_cupsSaul Bellow calls what I do being “a first class noticer”; which, with a  talent for complex spatial reasoning, you could call “wraparound” thinking: using parallel/multilevel strategies to conceptualize the entirety of 3D experience.


Sometimes when I start thinking about a problem, it sits in there for a while, and then (after  minutes; and sometimes months or years if there is a lot of other research to do besides) I get an answer.  Which is not an “answer” really; it is a key clue/source/cue/root cause for a simpler experiment – a process that is much like what Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava (designer of St Nicholas Church on Ground Zero) calls de-coding.

I have taken no math beyond high school. Nevertheless, right now (January 2015), I am thinking about something that could be termed ‘isometric geocohedrons in n-folding quadrille space’. And got this description of what I am thinking about by thinking about another problem and getting this as the answer [Note 1].

Simply put, spatial thinking and imagined space can be sticky for me–to reduce the complexity of understanding, usually I describe this as being able to enter imagined space and sometimes become the space/problem/challenge.

My lesson in exercising the mind’s eye illustrates this further. Also the note about Cloudboxing (Project #5 at the ‘wicked problems’ page) 

But for those who are able to imagine the truly big, the better explanation is to place/imagine yourself standing in the midst of a cloud of data with datapoints arrayed around you, and you are the moving core of the cloud of data. I think/live at the interface between imagined and physical space and see myself as creating frameworks to comprehend both.

Note 1: To me, this describes the motion of the nexus object on a offset path curving along and then down the inside of a teacup of space to a right angled path, accompanied by a arraycloud of data particles moving along a concave curvature of near-distant space towards an imagined collapsing unifying convergence point with the right-angled path.

Image: Three stacked purple tea cups with saucers in a neutral background, by Gisela Francisco (CC 1.0, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0)

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