Well, right now I’m looking for a biological basis for why we use box and line diagrams (node-edge, or why we label things) with a hypothesis that active “association” (which is surprisingly vague and has a wide range as a concept itself – “to be associated with”) is deeply biological.
I started with noticing how it looks like rooms and hallways but the connection to the doorway effect of forgetting being shown in brain scans as looking a lot like actual doorways and I dunno, just started following breadcrumbs.
Ultimately, the physical basis of metaphors I suppose, as the parts shared between cells are sometimes used differently by each cell and it’s not always easy to tell what’s being shared, just that something is associated with each that justifies a connection.
I don’t think of what you’re thinking as controversial — it’s just not where my mind is right now so I can’t go there yet.
information theory is generally _too_ simplified for the task yet biology as we do it can be convoluted at least to outsiders.
When I zoom to those levels, I become them, sort of like method acting for research. So for me to zoom back up to human level to then apply broadly to a human area that’s in a different domain is tricky for me. I can do it but I’m still in my boxes+arrows task — longer than most of my projects too. Usually I can’t do more than a day on a thing, 3 at most.