a game of
connecting is the core of cognition
Douglas Hofstadter & Emmanuel Sander
Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking
most of us can’t think of
are too big to think of
Jon Kolko, ‘Sensemaking’, The Alpine Review, #1: Antifragility, p14
Sembl is a connections engine
Ready to sembl?
Sembl’s lifeblood is openly-licensed cultural material; open is the way.
- It’s free to play.
- It’s playable on tablet or desktop.
- Game data – sembls, ratings etc – will be shared with museums and other parties for use in their own interfaces.
- Source code will be released so the system can be adapted, refined and extended for the benefit of all patrons.
Historical image credits – Animal magnetism, 1802, Wellcome Library, London // Diagram of atmospheric effects, 1846, Wellcome Library, London // Training at the Technical College, Canberra, c1940, State Library of Victoria // Palais Royal, c1904, J Paul Getty Museum // Hot air balloon above the clouds, Wellcome Library, London // Branding iron and breastplate, National Museum of Australia // Analytical engine by Charles Babbage, 1840, London Science Museum via a Haverford College resource on the history of mechanised thought // Arabic machine for a water-powered system, c16th–19th-century, Wikimedia // Microscopic organisms with mineral skeletons by Ernst Haeckel, Rhizopoda Radiaria, 1862, Biodiversity Heritage Library // Lacquered wooden domestic shrine, 19th century, Wellcome Library, London.