Buried among a lot of stuff fromthe Connectivism Course CCK08, I found this jewel of an ontology theory: the so-called Nodality Theory, or NoT. It’s really very good, very interesting, and there may even be some truth in it!
NoT™ (v1.0): Nodality Theory: An ontology for all ages «
NoT™ posits a basic unit of study, known as the node.
Nodes may be considered as:
1. individual humans
2. appliances created by humans
Nodes connect to form networks. In networks, nodes communicate with other nodes.
From this arises further areas of study:
-Connectivity theories (e.g. connectivism)
-Communications theories (pattern recognition and symbolic representation)
-Network theories (social and machine)
SOME Q’s and A’s
Q. Can a nerd be a node?
A. Of course.
Q. Is a book a node?
A. Nerds will often use e-book format.
Q. Is a non-e-book book (NEBB) a node?
A. Yes, a NEBB is a node.
Q. Well, how does a node connect with a NEBB?
A. Human nodes connect via the sensory. You read it. Appliances connect often via scanners.
Q. Is a NEBB an appliance then?
A. Yes, an early form.
Q. Do appliances connect with each other? How?
A. Absolutely. With or without wires.
Q. Well then, how do NEBBS connect with other NEBBS?
A. Through human nodes, same as now.
Q. Makes no sense to me.
A. You should become a connectivist then, then you would have no worries. Connectivists don’t believe in making meaning. (In connectivism, a phrase like ‘constructing meaning’ makes no sense-10th post down that thread).
Q. How will I understand this, then?
A. Through Connecti-Vision™.