Naturally suitable data-structures for cognition –
- connections (sometimes arrows) emanating a point.
- chains / flowcharts
- enlisting / enumeration
These cognitively convenient organisational formats match with the Linguistics (simply speaking, the language) of our first reaction in trying to understand / grasp / get a hang of any piece of new information given to us. That is, even without any pen or paper.
They are the “natural” formats of cognition – try to recall how you say to yourself, slowly and silently chanting, bit by bit, the parts of any new information being presented to you, in an attempt to ORGANISE things while and thereby trying to make sense of the information in your mind.
E.g. of these above-mentioned first-reaction “chantings” – the language of our attempt to understand –
“OK. So there is a tiger, a goat and a dog” – Enlisting.
“OK. So from here the water goes there, from there to there, and from there to there” – Chain.
“OK. So there is a Mr. Smith, he has 4 brothers. Each of them has 2 daughters” – Connections emanating from a point and further – tree diagram.
“OK. So there are 3 kinds of mammals. Examples of the first kind are X and Y, examples of the second kind are A and B …..” – Classification.