We’ll be applying the Microscope and Lexicon techniques a little differently, and a few people have expressed concern about not having a copy of Microscope in the first place, so I thought I’d do a brief summary of how I see the techniques being applied.
Microscope Structure and Element Types
Our application of Microscope is going to deviate somewhat from the published book. Rather than complicate things by explaining the differences, I will try to briefly describe how I think we will use it.
I suspect most of our time will be spent identifying periods and events, but higher-level/lower-resolution and lower-level/higher-resolution elements are available.
It is important to understand that Microscope is described as “designing history fractally”. We will identify ages, periods, events, and scenes (Microscope has periods, events, and scenes; I want to explore things differently) in more or less arbitrary chronological order. The different elements will be added in top-down order, from highest-level/most-abstract/lowest-resolution to lowest-level/most-specific/highest-resolution, but may be added in any chronological order.