I don't know if you are familiar with Donald Stokes' four quadrant model for research that he outlined in Pasteur's Quadrant https://archive.org/details/pasteursquadrant00stok He left the lower left quadrant blank but suggests it's where pure observation and categorization starts. He offers Roger Torey Peterson as a possible avatar, but I think Linnaeus is better. Cataloging and structuring phenomena is the essential start to any scientific endeavor, certainly as important as theory or solution recipes since it forms the basis for both.

Thanks! I am familiar with the four quadrant model but didn't realize that he suggested this as the contents of this lower left quadrant. This is fantastic!

I have been mulling adding a third dimension and perhaps some sub-regions to Stokes' model. The z-axis would represent the degree or extent of different disciplines or knowledge domains involved. This would allow you to model innovation brokerage between fields or industries. I think there is also something about theory tied to pure mathematics and somewhat imaginary constructs vs more tangible measurable ones and a search for solutions that is purely trial and error vs. imposing some structure (for example, TRIZ or other systematic tinkering regimes).

I am not sure how to represent your concept of "half-life of facts," but it's clear that new insights erode old paradigms and re-shuffle old categories over time.

How would you do an animation of the half-life of facts and related impact/ interaction with theory and existing solution recipes/frameworks?

Glushko's "Discipline of Organizing" is one of my favorites. https://human.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Research_and_Information_Literacy/The_Discipline_of_Organizing_4e_(Glushko)

He also created a version for kids:

https://berkeley.pressbooks.pub/organizing4kids/

edited Feb 13I don't know if you are familiar with Donald Stokes' four quadrant model for research that he outlined in Pasteur's Quadrant https://archive.org/details/pasteursquadrant00stok He left the lower left quadrant blank but suggests it's where pure observation and categorization starts. He offers Roger Torey Peterson as a possible avatar, but I think Linnaeus is better. Cataloging and structuring phenomena is the essential start to any scientific endeavor, certainly as important as theory or solution recipes since it forms the basis for both.

Thanks! I am familiar with the four quadrant model but didn't realize that he suggested this as the contents of this lower left quadrant. This is fantastic!

I have been mulling adding a third dimension and perhaps some sub-regions to Stokes' model. The z-axis would represent the degree or extent of different disciplines or knowledge domains involved. This would allow you to model innovation brokerage between fields or industries. I think there is also something about theory tied to pure mathematics and somewhat imaginary constructs vs more tangible measurable ones and a search for solutions that is purely trial and error vs. imposing some structure (for example, TRIZ or other systematic tinkering regimes).

I am not sure how to represent your concept of "half-life of facts," but it's clear that new insights erode old paradigms and re-shuffle old categories over time.

How would you do an animation of the half-life of facts and related impact/ interaction with theory and existing solution recipes/frameworks?

Interesting ideas! Will have to think about all of this more.

This seems like a highly optimal approach for taking over (sorting out, optimizing, harmonizing, etc) the world, if one was interested in such things.