The Pragmatic Family of Frameworks


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In common with all Frameworks and Ontologies there are many good places to start, but no single “right place”. Most things are connected and related to other things in some way and many dependencies exist whereby to understand one thing you need to have first understood a previous thing, but this thing may also require something previous to have been understood. After a while, circular dependencies become commonplace. To understand it all, you need to have first understood it all!

Rather than viewing the content as a sequential book, try to think of it projected on a sphere with its content spread all over the surface where there is no single place to start and no single way of navigating through it. Different people will require different starting points and different people will have “aha!” moments at different times for different reasons.

However, there are two basic approaches. Which is best for you (or a merging of the two) is down to the individual reader:

¨      The first is to effectively just use it as a reference work and dip into things that look applicable as you go through your daily life and work.

¨      The second is to adopt a more systematic approach and just start at the beginning and keep reading until you are done!

Whichever way you choose, it should be taken into account that reading and learning something multiple times is the best way. We all learn by associating new information to what we already know - our context. Each time you read and learn, your previous learning provides more context for more learning. This builds and builds until the subject becomes part of your context. When that happens, the information has been fully learned and understood.

In the same way that the impact from the Death Star in Star Wars could not be fully realised unless the whole thing worked, so Pragmatic’s Ontologies and Frameworks will not be fully understood unless the whole is understood.

Of course, it is anticipated that Pragmatic’s Ontologies and Frameworks are used solely for positive rather than nefarious purposes, but like all tools (Pragmatic’s Ontologies and Frameworks are tools for the mind) if used incorrectly, they can be extremely dangerous! Not only for the person utilising it, but also for all those in the immediate vicinity!


Questions to ponder...

How many times will you read this book?

How will you read this book? From cover to cover? Dipping into sections on as needed basis?

Following the approach shown above?

Will you go on a training course?

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