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Heterarchy: an unranked or many-ranked structure

I've been writing Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter for the past few weeks. I came across the following term, heterarchy, which might be a word people using Zettelkasten should know.

Hofstadter's explanation is in relation to self-referencing (or recursive) structures, which are inter-connected in such a fashion that nothing can be said to be the top-level or bottom-level. It is not a flat hierarchy, but a heavily connected network of relationships. I thought that sounded very familiar to something I knew ;)

There is a Wikipedia article on the subject too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterarchy

Comments

  • Thanks for sharing that! Interesting concept. I particularly like the fact that there can be 'multiple hierarchies' within a heterarchy.

  • Finally! A term to describe one's Zettelkasten as a whole and simultaneously have another term for e.g. structure notes. -- That's not exactly easier to understand for folks who don't know the concept of heterarchy, but it can help be more clear in writing, when all we had before was "web of notes" and "hypertext" in opposition to structure notes.

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  • @henrikenggaard
    I've been writing Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter for the past few weeks.

    NICE! You are writing it?!?!?! :wink:

    But serious. Many thanks for hinting at this concept. I it encapsulate many things I try to describe.

    I am a Zettler

  • @sfast said:

    @henrikenggaard
    I've been writing Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter for the past few weeks.

    NICE! You are writing it?!?!?! :wink:

    Haha! I wish I could manage such a feat. Here I am struggling with my ~11 page article in my work :)

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