DEMONSTRATION: TEXT VS. FLIPP EXPLAINERS
“Modern logic books are awash with symbols, but logic notation no more is logic than
musical notation is music.”
Author’s paraphrase of a comment by KEITH DEVLIN, mathematician and
writer, about mathematic symbols in THE MATH GENE How Mathematical
Thinking Developed and Why Numbers are Like Gossip © 2000 Keith Devlin
Basic Books Persius Books Group UK. p 9.
The problem addressed by FLIPP Explainers is how to make
sense out of information that is complex because its parts are not
connected in logical form based on ranking of value ("power")
to the user. Sentences may be grammatically
acceptable but their structure – their logic patterns and therefore
their meaning -- is not obvious.
This paper compares the sparse line-like form of text sentences with
the abundant patterns of FLIPP Explainers. Samples of both
formats are shown below and compared. In both cases, the question
you are answering is, "What are all the solutions (paths or scenarios)."
The Baseline: Text.
Below are complex instructions in regular
sentence format (text). The upper case letters represent different
pieces or chunks of information about the subject. They can be in any
format – words, symbols, drawings, etc.. There are 3 sentences
forming 1 paragraph with 1 starting point and 1 ending point. Only
by reading and mentally restructuring (redesigning) the text, can we learn what
user paths exist -- (logical arguments) like A then F then H, for example. There are 125
characters. Here we experience text’s illogical complexity.
If you start with A, as opposed to B
or C, use D or use E then G, or F. If you choose F, then use G
or H or I. If you start with either B or C, use F, then use G or
H or I.
The New Method: FLIPP
Explainers. The diagram
below contains 9 characters, 7 % of the 125 used above in the text
display. We see
without reading that there are 9 frames which
form 11 top-to-bottom explanation paths (scenarios or arguments), with
3 starting frame choices and 4 concluding frame choices. The content and logic are
the same as the text passage but clearer. Notice that frames can
overlap: The upper left frame is a member of 5 paths. Adding up the
memberships of all 9 frames, we find that the board effectively
represents 32 frames. Notice that we would see these 11 patterns even
if no subject matter were shown. Notice also that the frames are not
symbols since they represent only themselves. This is a vast
simplification vs. the symbols of flow charts and of Modern Symbolic Logic among other
tools of representation.
FLIPP Explainers Format (Read down. Don’t cross verticals)
Frameworks of Connection. We have looked at
how the new format replaces text with simple, structured patterns of
connection (logic). Subjective measures such as ease of training,
learning, and improved environment are described by user comments in a
later section. Notice how the path "A then F then H" is, for
example, unlike the text method.
Summary: Comparison of Conventional
Text vs. The New Method
|Number of characters to be read
||9 ( 7% of 125)
|Number of scenario patterns visible
|Starting points visible by form
|Ending points visible by form
|Number of frames effectively active
|Verbal OR connections
|Backtracking due to noncontiguous