**Key Question**: What happens within steps 1 to 65 within *Big Board – little universe* (BIBolu) and *The Universe Table* (UT)?

**Prepared by Bruce Camber**, a founder of Small Business School. This show aired weekly on PBS-TV stations around the USA and Canada for 14 years, and weekdays on the Voice of America-TV around the world. The focus was to capture the best of humanity, the power of human creativity and those with a vision to see beyond the horizon. Camber’s lifelong focus has been to answer the question, “What empowers our creativity?” As early as 1971 he researched within the common foundations between theology and physics by focusing on perfected states in space-time. Fast-forward, in December 2011 he opened a door on a very simple model of the universe dubbed the *Big Board – little universe* (BiBolu) using base-2 exponential notation and the platonic geometries. In 2012 a more simple version of that chart was introduced and it was dubbed *The Universe Table*. He is now shepherding National Science Fair activities based on this model and the two charts.

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**The focus: Cellular Automaton and OSI Layers within computing systems**. These two may be provide a powerful analogue for various *degrees of perfection* and the many *faces of truth*.

**The power of metaphor and analogy**: There are similar constructs and patterns that reoccur throughout the universe. Metaphors provide interior access to the geometries and numbers that are our universe. Intellectually, that construction is mimicked within computer programs. Perhaps the most analogously close place to begin is with Cellular Automaton and the OSI Layers (Open Systems Interconnection).

**Cellular Automaton**: Though various mechanical automaton were developed in ancient times, cellular automaton originate with the work of Stanislaw Ulam and John von Neumann. Here are the footings for machine that self-replicate. In 1970 John Conway extended that work by simplifying their rule set, then created the *Game of Life* which opened the study beyond those with computational mathematics. With the work of Stephen Wolfram, the study of cellular automaton has become a rich, promising discipline unto itself. Here the commonsense understand of a rule takes on much deeper, albeit simple, mathematical definition. Part of our analysis will be to attempt to understand these formulations of key rules, i.e. Rule 30 for aperiodic or chaotic behavior, Rule 90, Rule 110 for the balancing between chaos and stabilitiy, and Rule 184.

**OSI, a reference model developed, published and promoted by International Organization for Standardizations (ISO)**, provides a framework for programming the backbone of the World Wide Web (WWW) utilizing what is known in the computer industry as open systems protocols whereby order, relations, and dynamics are defined within inherently-related systems, set theory and group theory. All complex systems are derivative of simple systems, rules and axioms.

**There are seven official layers**. Informally, there are three additional layers. We will focus on the first seven, then include the others.

In the process of entering an analogy or metaphor, it becomes obvious one must “force fit” the words and expressions. Essentially one suspends judgment to allow the new information that does not seem to cohere a real chance to breath. Using the OSI layers as a metaphor or direct analogy for each notation will require the same methodology. The official seven layers, and the other emergent layers, are initially forced to be analogous to the *layers of truth* and its Janus-face, *degrees of perfection*. The result is that now we have layers and degrees of truth and perfection. *Perfect is not just perfect but can always be better*. It’s corollary works as well: *Truth is not just truth but can always be even more true*.

**The OSI Layers are as follows**:

• **Layer 1**: OSI Physical Layer for basic order that creates a continuity condition

• **Layer 2**: OSI Data link Layer for basic relations that creates a basic symmetry

• **Layer 3**: OSI Network Layer for basic dynamics that creates an initial harmony

That is one complete circle within the notation, then it makes a more integrative circle within a set.

• **Layer 4**: OSI Transport Layer for secondary order/continuity

• **Layer 5**: OSI Session Layer for secondary relations/symmetries

• **Layer 6**: OSI Presentation Layer for secondary dynamics and harmony

That is the next revolution of integrative activity, then it makes it third circle for more sets and for groups.

• **Layer 7**: OSI Application Layer for tertiary order/continuity

The following layers are informal, and not part of the OSI-ISO schema, but have evolved from within the user groups and on the web:

• **Layer 8**: OSI Individuation Layer, also referred to as the *economic* or the *finance* layer, for tertiary relations/symmetries

• **Layer 9**: OSI Organization Layer, also referred to as the *political * layer for tertiary dynamics/harmonies.

Of course, many will observe that there is very little truth or perfection in economics, finance, or politics and at most levels, they would be correct. Yet, observe really-real agreements within each, there is a moment of truth. There is a sense of real perfection even if it is momentary and fleeting.

• **Layer 10**: OSI Government and Legal compliance Layer, also referred to as the *political * layer for the next layer of order/continuity.

Again, most would readily observe that the complex nature of governmental and legal systems, there can be no truth or perfection, yet instances throughout history could readily be cited.

Layers 11 and beyond also need to be defined in light of the arts, including the religious and healing arts. That will be done as soon as it can be deemed.

**Reference model**: The OSI layers include lists of functions and services that make each layer cohere. There are also axioms, corollaries, and rules (See: Cellular Automaton and theory) for the inter-relation of each layer with the layers directly above and below it. And, as a result, the OSI model continues to make contributions to the development of other products, protocols, and services for many other types of networks.