People writing a wiki often evolve a “Link Language:” a fluent language wherein special words automatically link to definitions of their meaning.
This language evolves through conversation, the conversations themselves developing the meaning of the words, and the participants refining the definitions of their meaning in the process of SenseMaking.
By the ideal of LinkLanguage, meanings of new words are not “lost in the air,” as in spoken language, but are contained in distilled form in pages: labeled by the words already used and linked to all of their appearances.
Ideas evolve out of other ideas, forming a deep ArgumentPyramid. Complex ideas are communicated much more quickly, and original sources of difference are identified more quickly as well.
If the direction of the evolution of thought is in the direction of greater complexity, towards greater synthesis, then link language holds promise for the evolution of humanity.
LinkLanguage is an ideal, something that people can work toward. It doesn’t necessarily arise on a wiki.
Three of the ideals are:
Ideally, we would just speak, and the ideals spoken about would magically appear in front of us, fully explaining themselves to the curious mind at an engaging clip, wasting no time, – a PortableExplanation.
Wiki is still far short of this, but this is something of the ideal behind LinkLanguage.
In the meantime, we have found some practices that work well on wiki.
In all communication, we struggle with the ParadoxOfExpression, the subtleties and nuances behind words and their interpretation. LinkLanguage opens up the possibility of giving our words themselves something of the interactivity of a live conversation (HyperTextApproximatesConversation.) This way, you can get answers to questions, without even asking the speaker a question.
By giving an evolving body to our thoughts, it can also help us to identifiy original sources of difference; What we call ArgumentRouting?.
Pages are not “PlatonicCategories,” encapsulating indubitable truths.
The development of LinkLanguage can make this evolution work at a much faster rate. Here are two specific ways:
“ArgumentRouting?” – the isolation of difference to specific points – helps in the development from thesis & antithesis to a synthesis. The greater fidelity we have in understanding perspectives differing from our own, the quicker we can get to the overarching unity.
The quickest way to develop ideas involve interaction – working in an environment, or meeting with individuals in intimate conversation. When we don’t have access, though, we use non-interactive means, like: books.
LinkLanguage’s supporting environment, today: wiki, (tomorrow: PortableExplanation, or DevelopersVirtualWorld,) makes it possible for us to make documents that are interactive (HypertextApproximatesConversation?,) and further, these documents are evolved from the raw material of our conversations themselves – very close to the people, situations, and questions that animate the ideas (ThePainCreatesTheOrgan?.)
The plan is:
…but also consider: a SenseMakingInWikiSeries?.
Also Consider: EmergentBehavior? (perhaps eating up: SelfOrganizing, StigMergy, CollectiveIntelligence, some Sunir pages), ComplexMessage, ArrowOfComplexity?, ThePainCreatesTheOrgan?, EvolutionOfHumanity? – if you’re really willing to put in the time.
Consider linking to: ParadoxOfExpression, PlatonicCategories, ArgumentPyramid, TrustedLinkLanguage, MindTheGap, TheoryBuilding, PublicRefineryProcess (subj. of evolution), EvolutionarySpirituality (maybe), HyperTextApproximatesConversation, ArgumentRouting?, CamelCase, …
I’ve cutting this page down, to focus more on LinkLanguage, and less on “how to make link language work in wiki,” which I think would go more to SenseMakingInWiki?, part of a possible. (As such, I’ve pulled out MediumSizedPages from this page.)
Define external redirect: ComputerAssistedLinking ComperAssistedLinking SenseMakingInWiki HypertextApproximatesConversation LinkSyntax WikiCoherence LinkLanguageIsMorePrecise ThePainCreatesTheOrgan SenseMakingInWikiSeries LinkLanguageSeries CamelCaseVsOthers FailuresOfLinkLanguage EvolutionOfHumanity ArrowOfComplexity ArgumentRouting EmergentBehavior