In contrast to Pirsig's notion in the ZenAndTheArtOfMotorcycleMaintenance of TheMetaphysicsOfQuality, the epistemics of quantity is the scientific structure of knowledge. As knowledge must begin with the atomic type, the smallest quantity is its basis: for people this is the "sensata" (or Phonon), but for the hoped-for DataEcosystem, it is the Bit.
I had not come across the word epistemics so I looked it up. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EpistemicsEpistemics is a term coined in 1969 by Edinburgh University with the foundation of its School of Epistemics.Epistemics is to be distinguished from epistemology in that this is the philosophical theory of knowledge, whereas epistemics signifies the scientific study of knowledge. Epistemics is also compared to Cognitive Science.In the mid-1980s, the School of Epistemics was renamed as The Centre for Cognitive Science (CCS). In 1998, CCS was incorporated into the University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics.
-- JohnFletcherI had rather thought that I invented the term, but I am not displeased that it is found elsewhere. --MarkJanssen