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Where to start?

Essentially there are two directions one can follow - the technical, computer-related path or one within the context of social science.

A comprehensive introduction to the model in technical terms would be the paper How the mind works: the principle dynamics in the bio- and non-bio version". It explains the concept behind the computer program OtoomCM, why and how it works, and what it means in terms of the cognitive dynamics forming the system of mind.

Next comes the program OMo, a version of the OtoomCM moving a point in 3D space from one point to another, using the same principles of attractor-based affinity relationships.

A step up from OMo is OWorm, an adaptation of the OtoomCM driving a flexible object, an artificial worm, to find its 'food'. This program shows how it is possible to address the building of a humanoid robot.

Going in the other direction one could start with On the origin of Mind (see the Books page). It explains the general approach taken, and how this leads to an analysis of large-scale cognitive structures found in human behaviour at the level of society and onwards to culture. Synopsis is a brief keyword summary chapter by chapter.

How the model can be expressed in terms of the fundamental rule sets governing society can be found in The 10 axioms of Society.

Applying Otoom gives some idea how the model can be used to analyse human behaviour at the scale of demographics.

An example how the model can be applied to society at large is The social Europe, dealing with the European Union as a higher-level system.

On a larger scale still are the events surrounding the Iraq war and events in the Middle East overall. See the notes on the Iraq Study Group Report.

Compacting the rule sets to a functional basis for a nation leads to the Basic Charter, a type of constitution underpinning the needs and endeavours of people within a society.

The page Parallels contains samples of events in society and science confirming the validity of the model since the completion of "On the origin of Mind" in August 2003. Each entry is accompanied by a short description explaining its relevance to Otoom.

The page further developments contains suggestions about what could be done with further research into a more fully developed program as well as more complex manifestations of cognitive dynamics in society.

A collection of questions and their answers explaining certain aspects of the Otoom model is on the FAQs page.

The opposition gives a hint of what kind of concerns can be raised once the implications of Otoom's approach are understood. To some extent these are also raised under FAQs.

The papers, program executables, and test results are available under Downloads.

In the end the sequence is up to the user. All these steps are interchangeable, but they are all based on the model. In other words, there is nothing that cannot be justified under a formal perspective.

On the other hand, you can read the underlying work itself. See here for details.

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