Intertwingularity (Ted Nelson) – Wikipedia “Everything is deeply intertwingled”

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Intertwingularity is a term coined by Ted Nelson to express the complexity of interrelations in human knowledge.

Nelson wrote in Computer Lib/Dream Machines (Nelson 1974, p. DM45): “EVERYTHING IS DEEPLY INTERTWINGLED. In an important sense there are no “subjects” at all; there is only all knowledge, since the cross-connections among the myriad topics of this world simply cannot be divided up neatly.”[1]

He added the following comment in the revised edition (Nelson 1987, p. DM31): “Hierarchical and sequential structures, especially popular since Gutenberg, are usually forced and artificial. Intertwingularity is not generally acknowledged—people keep pretending they can make things hierarchicalcategorizable and sequential when they can’t.”[2]

Intertwingularity is related to Nelson’s coining of the term hypertext, partially inspired by “As We May Think” (1945) by Vannevar Bush.[3]

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