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The Exhaustion of the Interaction of Words: Brainstorming with the ParaMind Brainstorming Program

5. Brainstorming as a Succession of Idea Lists

For any science to progress, it must have an exact language. Even to use a computer program, one must agree upon standard terms for such things as the menu bar, title bar, or dialog boxes. For our purpose, we also have created an exact language to describe this brainstorming technique.

A key sentence is the first sentence that you start an idea merging out on. They are chosen for their richness of direction for the merge technique. A word category is a list of words, symbols, or phrases that a word interaction exhaustion program uses for its brainstorming techniques. An idea list is the result of a merge of a key sentence and a word category or group of word categories. Idea lists are simply the shorthand expression for the program merge outputs.

The theory states that if we can have an ordered, encyclopedic set of records of word category groups, or well-calculated phrases in topical groups, and put them into meaningful and semantically rich "key sentences," we can achieve an accumulation of interesting, if not useful ideas. This can be done in any idea, from fiction to the symbolic characters of mathematical formulas.

Our future knowledge comes from our present knowledge in the same way our present knowledge stems from our past knowledge. Therefore, the first task can be to extract key sentences from our present language and mutate them with what can be called different related terminologies to those sentences. What I mean by related terminologies are word categories that somehow relate to the key sentence. A key sentence that describes interior decorating would have related terminologies of carpets, furniture, ceramics, paintings, and so on. The related terminologies have different indexing criteria. One example of indexing criteria would be whether or not the word categories fit into noun slots in the sentence, or verb slots, and so on. Some indexing criteria may be very creatively linked, that is, not apparently related to the key sentences, or the secondary areas that the key sentence mutates into. Secondary areas are the new directions produced by merges that were not apparent at first glancing at the key sentence.

The brainstorming at first might be difficult if one doesn't have anything one needs to, or wants to, discover. Therefore, one must find some good key sentences to work with. This is the first stage of any serious work in exhausting the interactions of words. The key sentence is the region that is to have its meaning mutated into something new and exciting, and the secondary areas are the present text outputs one is branching off toward.

One can find these key sentences anywhere there is any text. One can use one's favorite passages from novelists to see various twists and turns on landscape, character or plot. One can use favorite scientific writing or science fiction. Anything that has a good enough structure that can lend itself to the method will be fun to merge with and expand by adding new words at various points in the key sentence. These merge points may be weak points, just redefining a certain word by an adjective, or they may be strong points, changing the entire direction of the sentence by introduction of new nouns. Merge points are any words where the user can see a new stream of thought possibly developing.

These new streams of thought are basically the growth of ideas. One might have a digital document or create a journal of these key sentences for whenever one sits down at the program to brainstorm. They will come from whatever source one finds interesting, whether it is lines from a favorite poet, sentences from the writings of social activists such as Martin Luther King, text from theoretical or practical science, or anything else that one normally reads or thinks about.

As mentioned, idea lists are simply the shorthand expression for the program merge outputs. If idea lists are combined and indexed together into a database, this idea list database will contain lists of ideas that are new, useful, and unique -- ideas which are not quite incorporated into our present world. Ideas from this "new, useful, and unique" database will produce valuable findings for specialist libraries. For instance, thousands of variations of science-fiction ideas that have only been touched upon in a few sentences by science-fiction authors can be explored and modified by people ranging from poets to physicists.

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