The Soft Logic of Thomas Harriot

H. T. Goranson, Sirius-Beta

Until recently, First Order Logic has suffered from an inadequate representation of the situation. This has imposed significant limitations in real-world modeling. We see that an early innovator in logic had this concept but it was dropped by successors because of notational complexity. We present a likely introspective notation of the early scholar, Harriot; we outline the Hermetic influence on this idea (of introspection); and provide a newly discovered interesting influence from the New World