Anchor States

Anchor States are defined within a context as a stable state within the Semantic Stream In other words, if the Semantic Stream represents the constant metamorphosis and flow of meaning through the organization’s data structures, then the Anchor State is where this amorphous flux takes a rest. For some definite, but perhaps unpredictable, amount of time, the information takes a shape and pauses in its journey through the organization.

 Anchor States represent convenient groupings of sets of symbols. As such, they can be decomposed into signs and concepts. By the definition of an Anchor State, we know that the syntactic media for the Anchor is fixed. That is, there is a finite set of signs that can be used within the Anchor State.

 The Anchor State will also specify which symbols it contains within the set of symbols attached to these signs. The Anchor State does not have exclusive access to any particular subset of signs, or of the symbols they represent. The same signs can be used/accessed by more than one Anchor State.

 The set of signs within the Anchor State is finite and could be enumerated if necessary. This does not however place any limitations on the number of instances of symbols that can exist in the Anchor State as this is effectively infinite. For example, a database has a fixed data structure consisting of various tables. These tables are themselves composed of columns and rows. An Anchor State may define itself over the entire database, or over some subset of the structures within it. That same Anchor State may be defined over other media as well, such as paper forms, reference books, or anything else. The number of instances of symbols that could be represented by these tables is infinite.

 Anchor States are also defined within a context, which means the concepts associated to the syntactic media within the Anchor State have some definite and consistent meaning to some aspect of the cultural activity represented by the context. In other words, while the available syntax within the Anchor State has been constrained, the variety of symbols represented has also been constrained.

 While the syntactic media specified by the Anchor State may be used to symbolize any number of concepts, the Anchor State, by definition, will also specify the conditions (context) and sets of symbols that it contains. Remember also that the same syntactic media can be specified and used by any number of Anchor States, all at the same time.


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