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
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
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!