FORMAL / LOGICAL SYSTEMSAMETAPHA-Metaphorical System:Level 1: Structural AmetaphStructural ametaph is simply continuousness expressed as discontinuousness. This can be analogized to a grid in which each line-segment of each square is a different color. The overall structure depends on having infinite colors that are equally well-expressed. The finite structure simply depends on the logical relationship of the discontinuities.Level 2: Structure Vs. MetaphorThe clear exception to structural ametaph is metaphor, since ametaph means a-metaphorical. Either metaphor breaks down into structural non-metaphor, which results in structural ametaph,or metaphor breaks down in a non-structural way. Here we get the second level.Ironically, in terms of structural ametaph, astructural ametaph expresses itself as a metaphorical structure, by accounting  for all the negatives in the expression astructural ametaph, we get structural metaphor.However, at the same time, in at least one degree it must be neither metaphorical nor structural. So, the clearest representation of Level 2 may be 'one degree of de-structural literalism'. If we treat level 2 as metaphorical structure, this earlier insight leads to level 3.Level 3: Literalism Vs. Structure Vs. MetaphorAmetaph level 3 concerns finding a de-structural relationship expressed in terms of continuity between metaphor: structure: literalism. One approach is to take a symbol (literalism) arbitrarily related to a system (metaphor), arbitrarily related to an interpretation (structure), and then interpret what is discontinuous between these things as a way of binding system to structure (continuity).EXAMPLES:Structure: Infinite Variation.Structural Metaphor: Differentiation, Epiphany, JourneyLiteral Metaphor Structure:1. A tree (symbol) is the world (system) when it has importance to the world (interpretation), when it grows on the world (symbolic interpretation), and the world grows similar to the tree by having a tree grow on it (systemic interpretation).2. The letter 'O' (symbol) is an organ (system) when 'organ'  begins with 'O' (interpretation) and when 'O' is the first letter of organ, organ is a symbol represented by 'O' (symbolic interpretation). And when 'organ' is a symbol, it can be represented by 'O' (systemic interpretation).3. A man (system) does something with his hand (symbol), because a man has a hand (symbolic interpretation), and a man does everything a man can do (systemic interpretation). Thus, a man does something with a hand (interpretation).The foregoing provides a general and circumspect guide on this 'new' discipline, which might in fact date to ancient Egypt, judging by the name.         BACK TO SYSTEMS