For whatever reason, people seem to have different propensities to abstract the information they take in. Over time, people who abstract a lot form an "abstraction core". This core serves as a metaphorical translator from one cognitive system to another; it increases the person ability to abduct.

In the following, I model the knowledge of a person as nodes connected by edges, like a graph. An abstraction core and other factors can lead a person to preattentively form associations between nodes that are separated by many edges. I call these deep associations since, if you lift a tree from the first node, the path to the second node has large depth.

Unfortunately, vu will find depth one associations to many nodes at once. This hinders vu's logic since logic requires a person so see clearly, uniformly, from one node to the next. For that reason, I call vu "hyperassociative". In contrast, a person who sees clearly has all of vus focus on the single most important association between one node and the next. I call such a person "solassociative".

A hyperassociative person is explified by an artist or a poet which can weave singular points (of information) which are based on a very complex preattentative set of associations. Such a person might generally be considered creative. A solassociative person is more pragmatic. Vu can develop strategic depth by associating a series of nodes. Unfortunately, since vu only makes the most obvious association from one node to the next, the payoff market for knowing that association is usually saturated.

The good news is that if a hyperassociative (person) and a solassociative combine their talents. They can produce strategic depth along an out of the way, unique, path. This unique path has high payoff since it has structural depth and hasn't been thought of much before.

None the less, a hyperassociative often has many problems in life. For example, vu might find it hard to make decision since vu is muddles by the myriad of active associations that are linked to each node. Over the time that vu is considering a particular decision, vu primes the associations which in turn prime each other in a viscious cycle. This cycle furhter degrades the person's ability to decide. This difficultly with decision fundamentally prevents vu from doing a whole host of pragmatic things.

Having dealt with this problem myself, I solved it by developing a complex set of rules which I refer to as a "logical constraint system" (LCS) (note it is not "logical-constraint system"). This LCS is a set of rules for dealing with biases, valuation, paradoxes, detail, abstraction, and instantiation. Generally, these rules allow a hyperassociative to examine the associations emanating from a node and then consciously constrain the associations to concentrate on one. I call a person with an active LCS a "focused hyperassociative".

A focused hyperassociative has the best of both worlds. Vu can singlehandedly develop creative strategically-deep associations. However, vu will lose some of their pure, artistic, creative capacity if vu cannot disengage the LCS.

John LeFlohic
May 28, 1999