Evening Lectures - Pensacola

Tony Barr

THE TALK: Unification of Computing, Language, Philosophy, and Mathematics

May 11, 2023


For most, the computer world is opaque. A senior developer may need a year to grasp the architecture and code of an extensive application. The talk will present a coherent framework for simplifying and unifying philosophy, linguistics, algebra, logic, and computer science.

Gratitude is expressed for the many epiphanies that motivated the work to produce a new computing theory, A Model Of Reality (AMOR). The AMOR model of concept and connection for knowledge representation is inspired by the work of Joseph Novak of the IHMC. The AMOR origin is the concept of a concept. The concept of a concept defines all concepts, even itself. A complete programming model is achieved by adding variables to concepts and objects.

Unifying logic, mathematics, programming, and linguistics is central to AMOR. The browser/editor uses pictures to present many objects. Mathematical notation is used for the assignment statement. In computing, variables can be redefined, while mathematics relationships are defined once for all time. All numbers and mathematical expressions include units that provide additional integrity and clarity. The path forward is bringing AMOR to life with a toy system and introducing an educational tool for programming video games and robots and having spreadsheet like capabilities for research. This would be followed by a robust approach for small companies. Finally, some large database companies would host systems for medium size companies. The universal use of AMOR would follow.


Tony Barr is an independent researcher working on a new theory of computing called A Model of Reality(AMOR). He has an M.S. in Physics from North Carolina State University. Barr started programming during an assistantship with the North Carolina State University Statistics Department. He then worked for IBM on the Pentagon’s goal of putting all the military data into computer systems. The IBM contract was implementing the DCA Formatted File System, a seminal database management tool. In 1966, he left IBM with the goal of creating the Statistical Analysis System (SAS).

Tony Barr has four patents: three to optimize lumber cutting for furniture parts and a fourth for a satisfaction survey instrument. He has been a founder in four companies: Barr-Mullin, Inc., SAS Institute, Inc., Barr Systems, Inc., and A Model of Reality, Inc. Barr’s primary interests are in computer language, algorithms, quality management systems, self-definition, and the theory of the mind.