An integral part of the notion of ontological reflection, and in fact ontological knowledge is the idea that knowledge is embedded and synaesthesic (i.e. involing all the senses, intergrally and jointly, as well as separately). So, tacit knowledge can be articulated in texts, interaction and media, and become explicit. But explicit knowledge can (and often should) then become routine, and become tacit once more, albeit in a more sophisticated form. Its a cycle, not a one-way street.

Ontological reflection is then about the articulation and expression of tacit, intangible, and embedded knowledge, but not so that everything becomes explicit and remains so, but rather that the explicit and articulated can be reflected upon, changed, recofigured, etc, and then become tacit or re-embedded agaiin. The media that one uses are critical - both dis-embedded media (highly semioticised) like written text (multimedia too, but they are slightly different) and embedded meda (like immersive multimedia, and particularly kinaesthetic and haptic media).

What this provides are affordances for exploring (and re-embedding) not only the full 'horizontal' specturm of left brain/right brain affordances (see Buzan and de Bono), but also the 'vertical' spectrum of Nested Narratives, i.e. 'top brain/ bottom brain' or cerebrum/ cerebellum, in the full range of synaesthesia (as in the picture, below).

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An ontology is, by definition, holistic or gestalt, so it has to include, in 'brain' terms, the full lateral and horzontal spectrum. By the same token, ontologies transcend dualistic notions of 'mind/body', or brain/body if you want to put it that way. This means that it should be normal and natural for ontological reflection to include not only multi-media, but also the multi-modal, in the 'whole body' sense: dance, music, gesture - the full gamut of physical interaction. To put this into practice requires the fullest use of the body, and in particular, touch and gesture, which are enabled by multi-touch tables, preferably used horizontally, not vertically, so that vertical hierarchy does not structure or suture the interaction and communication prejudicially.

A first draft of how this all fits together can be found at Dis-embedded Knowledge