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Code & Coding

The omnipresence of the Code and Coding, its everywheriness, has not been spotted by sciences and therefore its pivotal importance has been underestimated. Psychology hardly mentions the code and coding.

Of course there are countless references to the code in biology, in computer programming, in semantics and other areas of research but mindupdate.org has not seen anywhere anyone emphasize its OMNIPRESENCE and Everywheriness nor explain how all these different "areas" of internal and external coding might be connected.

This gigantic oversight is causing all sorts of tremendous problems in communication. Both in communication with ourselves and in communications with others, and in the relationship between the two.

Code and Coding are in fact ever-present in all aspects of human life and interaction. Whenever we use consciousness, thinking and language we are using the code and coding.

It is not only present at every level inside the human organism but also present outside in all forms of human activity. And it is not restricted to human beings. In all probability a cat couldn’t cross the road without it.

As a result of its OMNIPRESENCE having so far been completely missed, its wider connections have so far been underestimated and to a certain extent neglected and ignored.


In order to understand the code and coding, a proper definition is needed of what code is and what code does.

What a code is
A code is a connection between a similar representation and a nonsimilar representation together with an agreement that the nonsimilar can stand in for the similar.

If the agreement is a past agreement, then habit is involved because habit is a previous decision (agreement), postponed into the future and used now.

Whenever such an agreement is made now, then a new code is being created.

In either case the mechanism of the code is based on an immediate connection between nonsimilarity and similarity triggering a meaning.

For example neither the letters a p p l e nor the spoken sound apple having anything to do with the picture of an apple. Yet by agreeing that one can stand in for the other, the connection to the meaning is immediately triggered.
All language is based on this extra-ordinary trick.

If we use pictures which are similar to the thing they represent, then this trick is unnecessary. We can show a picture of an apple to anyone in the world and providing they have prior experience with apples, they will get the meaningwithout the need for any encoding and decoding.

In the absence of images, the code becomes the tool for doing this incredibly useful trick again and again and in countless different ways.

The code in fact has become an omnipresent internal and external tool.

We have defined what a code is. But what precisely does it do?

What a code does

A code adds or connects something to something else and uses that to make some disturbances in some way different. It then uses these differences in disturbances for a meaning.

For example if we do not know the Chinese ideogram or word for apple we cannot get any meaning from it.

For a code to be usable, the connection between the similar and the nonsimilar must be known to both sender and receiver. This means both must be party to the same agreement and both must have developed the same habit.

All codes are therefore tools. They are like keys - a special kind of tool for locking/ unlocking meaning, storing meaning and using meaning when needed.

The concept tool is very precisely defined in mindupdate’s Directory of Concepts.

To qualify as a tool 5 conditions or aspects must be fulfilled:

-- it must be something which we add to ourselves or us to it as many times as required
-- it must therefore be something which can be used repetitively again and again
-- it must not change (it must stay sufficiently the same to be able to be used repetitively)
-- there must be a need for it: usually for some form of real or imaginary improvement, benefit or advantage
-- it must involve a conscious decision (previously taken or taken now) to connect yourself to it

So whenever and wherever a code is involved in any human activity or interaction, the use of tools is involved.

There are external codes in the world such as written language, billboards and signposts and there are complex layers of coding which are internal to the human body.

All concepts, all methods and all languages are codes that fit this precise definition.

Human beings surround themselves internally and externally with codes. Some of these we can recognize easily, others are not so easy to spot and some we have not yet detected.

Some of them are very useful, others less useful and some are very dangerous if used incorrectly, such as wrong concepts.

The main framework is a system which helps us become much more aware of how we use, abuse and misuse the coding. This in turn helps us to think more clearly, improves analysis and synthesis, helps us spot where we are going wrong and thereby avoid the trap of confusing specifics.

Mindupdate.org will continue to post articles on this key subject.

Blogs from our readers on the Code & Coding can be posted in the Blog Network.

Audio: "... The great danger of jumping from one level of coding to another is because if we don't decode properly, we are in a mess."




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