I Found(ed a) Religion!

[Beware: Topic Maps ahead.]

Once you reach a certain age, you seriously ask yourself whether this has been be all: wealth, fame and many beautiful women.

It is the time when you look for a more integrated meaning in the universe. A meaning which transcends all levels of abstraction. And a processing model which gets rid of the silly separation between programming language and semantic data store with its static knowledge.

Learning From Jachvae (aka Jahweh)

One thing I learnt from religious Java zealots is that people having faith in any religion expect it to be absolute, to be completely self-contained and closed. And it must be full of cryptic recipes:

  • "That's the way to do it in Java."

And it must be closed:

  • "Yahweh is my shepherd, I lack nothing."

And the virtual machine must be standardized:

  • "Yahweh is our God; Yahweh is one: and you shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might."

Loosing My Religion

I always found it schismatic to have different scriptures:

  • The more orthodox XTM church and the reformative CTM congregation.
  • The encyclica TMCLsis which adds the purgatory of non-conformance and constraint violation to Topic Maps. (It is an encyclica because TMCL takes about the time the Pope needs for encyclicas.)
  • And the inquisition related to the TMQL scriptures. (They had been originally composed by a disciple of Thomas Aquinas.)

And then there are also the TMRM sectarians.

Religion Engineering: TempleScript

As a strong non-believer in this Unholy Trinity my new evangelical religion will only be based on a single scripture, that of TempleScript.

It is a programming language based on Topic Maps. And like any other religion, it takes loan from others:

  • Sermons are lists of observations. Each observation is a TM statement (association, name, occurrence). Observations are temporally ordered along a time axis and have themselves a temporal extension.
  • Gospels are collections of sermons.
  • Priests are virtual machine interpreters and they operate in temples (aka processor cores).

Apart from that, all wisdom is shared in AsTMatic notation, be it

  • apodictions (facts),
  • beliefs (reified statements),
  • commandments (constraints)
  • epistemic knowledge (derivation rules), or
  • prayers (query expressions).

Protection Against Persecution

Of course every new religion needs a charismatic leader. CatBert has already volunteered for that, but I withhold a final decision. This is my right as God Emperor.

Before you plan to become one of my evangelists, you will have to enter the clergy. And that will imply a sanctification process which I still have to define. In any case, the induction will involve pretty gruesome methods. And chocolate.

Ah! And we (CatBert and me) will remain a secret society. So do not expect to see something published any time soon.

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Sanctification process

Is Barta-Pokale involved into the sanctification process? Buying 10 glass trophies with a picture of you and CatBert?

Lars (not verified) | Tue, 12/22/2009 - 16:14

Re: Sanctification process

Is Barta-Pokale involved into the sanctification process?

Hmmm, not yet, but it is not a bad idea.

You could advance to disciple when you either buy 10000 trophies or go through the most cruel exposure (to my internal language specification).

Your choice.

rho | Tue, 12/22/2009 - 19:59