How does something become meaningful when it doesn’t yet make sense? A research in cooperation with Nodus Labs network exploratorium.
What if the multiple meanings of the words and gestures were the result of their continuous emergence within a certain context that defined the scope of its possible interpretation? This research was conducted in collaboration between Transnomia and Nodus Labs – an exploratorium for ideas in network analysis and complexity science.
In this paper it’s proposed to think of “meaning” as a phase shift in an interconnected textual or semantic structure that is produced with the formation of a giant component in a graph. In other words, something is considered to be “meaningful” or to “make sense” when the disparate words (or semantic units – depending on the point of view) continuously link together over time and eventually form an interconnected graph. In order for something to continue producing meaning, therefore, it is necessary for that system to include the periphery, rewire itself on a regular basis, and form fractal structures aligning with other “meaningful” formations.
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