We all have some unique way of analyzing the world and fitting this information into our known world. From the moment you are born, you process the objects surrounding you through all your senses. Everything you touch, taste, see, hear and smell is stored in your memory. A normal person with no memory dysfunction will start to build a model of these sensory perceptions in their mind. Once you have seen something, it is captured and categorized in your memory. As this personal reference model is formed, it is constantly reinforced. If you recognize something from a previous experience that matches what you have in your memory and if it is the same or similar thing it reinforces your stored memory. It is also typically reinforced through parental interaction and later on through schooling. Defining what is right or wrong or what is hot or cold requires some frame of reference and in most cases, there is no need to repetitively test these 'stored' models. This brings up an interesting point. One portion of our brain 'filters' our experiences built on our personal reference model. It stores these experiences into logical bins so that we can process the information more rapidly. Some of this occurs autonomously, for instance, as you walk down the street you know not to walk out into the street and are following some predefined path. Your visual cortex is firing constant images and correcting your footsteps automatically as you move forward. These autonomic physical responses are not what we want to focus on in this book however - our focus will lean towards your conscious mental processes. We want to discuss the more practical aspects of what this mechanism can offer.
We will focus on two primary concepts - frameworks and reference models. As we talked about previously it is in our very nature to categorize things through the lens of some sort of framework. A lot of this categorization happens unconsciously as we process the world around us. What we want to focus on is our conscious use of this framework. We define a framework as a static multi dimensional taxonomy to store information in some temporal state.