What do the ADEPT pools represent?

A key philosophical insight

The ADEPT pools represent a philosophical insight that has had an elusive presence in conversations dating all the way back to Aristotle.

The key insight is this: that there is a four-fold ordering of reality built around the relationship between the intrinsic (inside-out) and extrinsic (outside-in) perspectives. This ordering has typically been thought of as only two-fold or three-fold but that results in an incomplete model.

Ascription represents the intrinsic perspective and Description represents the extrinsic perspective. Process represents incongruity, or tension between the intrinsic and extrinsic perspectives.  Entity itself, the given (but often neglected) starting point of most discussion, can also be defined through logical patterns as the congruity, or lack of tension between the intrinsic and extrinsic perspectives. 

An example can help tease this out further-

  • If I ask you for your name and you tell it to me, then you have conveyed an ascription - your name is a label that conveys your own intrinsic sense of being.
  • If I tell someone else that I think that you are "cool", then I have conveyed a description of you, from the extrinsic perspective of me, an outside observer.
  • If I spot you on the street and tell someone with me "hey, there is ____ (insert your name here)!" Then I am conveying a description (the name I call you) that matches (or is congruent with) your own ascription (the name you gave yourself).  This agreement between the intrinsic and extrinsic perspectives is the logical definition of an entity.
  • And finally, If I say to my companion "there is ____ (insert your name), they are cool!", then I have connected two different things - the intrinsic name that you give yourself, and my extrinsic description of you as "cool" - and this incongruity between the intrinsic and extrinsic perspectives is the logical definition of a process.

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Diagramming Pools

Ascription Pool

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In the 1st and 2nd considerations, the ascription pool is an isolated pattern requiring a manifest entity in the thing [t] channel and a shadow or absent entity in the use [u] channel.

In the 3rd consideration, the ascription pool is an isolated pattern requiring a manifest ascription in the subject [x] channel and a shadow or absent description in the object [y] channel.

Description Pool

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In the 1st and 2nd considerations, the description pool is an isolated pattern requiring a manifest entity in the use [u] channel and a shadow or absent entity in the thing [t] channel.

In the 3rd consideration, the description pool is an isolated pattern requiring a manifest description in the object [y] channel and a shadow or absent ascription in the subject [x] channel.

Entity Pool

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In the 1st and 2nd considerations, the entity pool requires congruent entities in the thing [t] and use [u] channels.

In the 3rd consideration, the entity pool requires a congruent ascription in the subject [x] channel and description in the object [y] channel.

For more on congruence, click here.

Process Pool

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 In the 1st and 2nd considerations, the process pool requires incongruent manifest entities in the thing [t] and use [u] channels.

In the 3rd consideration, the process pool requires an incongruent ascription in the subject [x] channel and description in the object [y] channel.

For more on incongruence, click here,

ADEPT Diagrams

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What are Pools?

Where do pools go?

Pools are one of the three axiomatic ontological constructs of ADEPT.  The other two are Depth and Nature.  While Depth is concerned with whether an ADEPT node will have a logically determinate effect on the other nodes it connects to, Pool and Nature have to do with exactly which of the other nodes it is allowed to connect to.  


Thus, before discussing how pools are formed, let us consider their limiting purpose.  


One basic set of rules in ADEPT are the channel limitations.  The first two channel limitations have to do with the origination of content and will be discussed elsewhere (see Alyx Symbolic Library).  The last four channel limitations have to do with the pools and they explain that any node may only form an outgoing relationship to another node through a channel that is matched to the originating node's pool. 

Here are all six of the channel limitations:

  1. A variety [v] channel may only receive a connection from a node with a variable property.
  2. A node of the Translation Nature may only connect through a word [w] channel.
  3. A node of the Entity Pool may only connect though a thing [t] or use [u] channel.
  4. A node of the Ascription Pool may only connect through a subject [x] channel.
  5. A node of the Description Pool may only connect through an object [y] channel.
  6. A node of the Process Pool may only connect through a source [z] channel

Then how do pools form?

You will see that all of the channel limitations are enforced in the diagram above.  What this diagram is really showing however, is the patterns that make each pool what it is. The defining characteristics of the Pools can be stated like this:

  • An Entity has a congruent pattern between its thing [t] and use [u] channels or between its subject [x] and object [y] channels.
  • An Ascription has an isolated thing [t] or subject [x] channel.
  • A Description has an isolated use [u] or object [y] channel.
  • A Process has an incongruent pattern between the thing [t] and use [u] channels or between the subject [x] and object [y] channels.

Answers to the questions just raised

What is a congruent pattern?

There are four ways for a pattern to be congruent:

  1. two channels have no input whatsoever. (#1, #2, #4, #14, and #16)
  2. one channel is a shadow and the other has no input. (not shown in diagram, more on this when we get to "trickles")
  3. both channels are shadows.
  4. both channels come from manifest nodes that share the same node in their word [w] channels. (#3 and #7)

What is an incongruent pattern?

There is only one incongruent pattern:

  1. both channels come from manifest nodes that do not share the same node in their word [w] channels. (#10 and #15)

What is an isolated channel?

There are two ways to have an isolated pattern:

  1. the isolated channel comes from a manifest node and the other channel has no input whatsoever. (#6, #8, #9, #11)
  2. the isolated channel comes from a manifest node and the other channel comes from a shadow or obscure depth node.


What is the "or" for?

Because every node is examined in three phases and can receive a pool assignment in each phase. These are the "Considerations".  (#9 is an ascription in all considerations and #11 a description in all considerations) 

One more time, Let's break it down!

#6 and #9 are Ascriptions

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  • #6 because it has an incoming manifest thing [t]
  • #9 because it has an incoming manifest subject [x]
  • These nodes will represent something individual.

#8 and #11 are Descriptions

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  • #8 because it has an incoming manifest use [u]
  • #11 because it has an incoming manifest object [y]
  • These nodes will represent something general.

#1, #2, #3, #4, and #7 are Entities

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  • #1, #2 and #4 because they have no channels coming into them (except the word [w] channels which give #2 and #4 manifest depth).
  • #3 and #7 because both of their incoming channels come from manifest nodes that share the same node in their respective word channels (#5). 
  • These nodes will represent some absence of change, or substance, for as Aristotle noted "primary substances are most properly called substances in virtue of the fact that they are the entities which underlie everything else".

#10 and #15 are Processes

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  • #10 because it has incoming manifest subject [x] and object [y] that come from an ascription (#9) and a description (#11) that have different manifest translations in their word [w] channels (#12 and #13).
  • #15 because it has incoming manifest thing [t] and use [u] channels from entities (#14 and #16) that have different manifest translations in their word [w] channels (#12 and #13).
  • These nodes will represent some change, for as Heraclitus noted "no man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man."