Café Demi Tasse 03

By Repeat Geek

It’s Sunday. Ari asked me why I wasn’t in church. I told him that sex, politics and religion were subjects that I refuse to discuss while sober. Since I don’t drink, he walked away in a huff. So, for the second day in a row, I’m slurping one of the bottled juices. This one is Taurean Tangelo.

I’m in the middle of my DT’s fix and at the height of my caffeine-driven alertness. Churches and tangelo juice made me think of Gregor Mendel. We studied his work extensively in Links 101, a class on the application of the contextual retrograde analysis protocol to seemingly unconnected ideas. Mendel’s theories about hybrids form the foundation of CRAP.

If two ideas are considered (say, churches and tangelos), one might not notice Gregor Mendel in the sea of other commonalities, which include bells and peals. I should probably explain. CRAP uses associative filters, which can be turned on or off. By default, they’re all off, which lets all common links through.

Bell, in our example, is a property of both; churches have bells and tangelos have a bell shape. If you know the history of the fruit, you’ll realize that CRAP only made the connection because the fruit was given the name Honeybell.

On the other hand, peal is a derived attribute and is based on puns, one of the wordplay filters. I love this filter: if I ever lose my day job, I can write material for stand-up comedy. Remind me to tell you the one about the eighth planet and black holes…

If you’re wondering, Gregor Mendel does show up as a link, because of his work with pea plants, of course, but also because he was an abbot. So much for not discussing religion.

Anyway, Mendel worked out some probabilities for inheritance, based on two parents. Hybrids occur twice as often as purebreds. By extending the process to 16 parents, CRAP is able to generate connections between just about any combination of ideas. That’s why it’s so important to my investigation.

Oops! I better get going. Don’t want to be late for my day job.

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