Catataxis is the confusion between different levels; a misunderstanding of the difference between the micro and the macro. It comes from two Greek words. The first “kata” meaning down or through as in catastrophe or cataclysm. The second “taxis” meaning rank or level, as in taxonomy. So catataxis is a confusion or breakdown between hierarchical levels.

There are four maxims of Catataxis:

1.    More of the same is different
      2.   Complexity requires simplicity
      3.   Order requires chaos
      4.   Categorisation destroys information