19 March 2008


at any moment
in any person's
mental model

some objects are
more important
than others

mental objects can be ranked
by importance

rankings changing in time

and different rankings
can be averaged
narrowly or broadly
by various algorithms

locally important details
as averages are broadened
(other times
other people
other places
other species)

today's average
year-to-date average
family average
community average
national average
species average

these ?universally? important objects
are named in english
with words like

sex death ego money
love family brains body
beauty art communication
celeb gossip sports politics

novelists projecting their private priorities
onto realistic characters
with individual priorities