A collection: things that interest me
Updated: Feb 14
Non-exhaustive, to be amended if and when I desire. Bwahaha, the power of a personal blog no one reads.
writ large: meaning "easy to understand." This is funny because "writ" is an obscure verb tense of "write," or is used to describe legal writing. So is it that easy to understand? I want to bring this back.
Don't teach grandma how to suck eggs: don't teach someone who already knows how to do something. Don't be condescending.
Stodgy: "having a rich, filling quality," such that it makes one dull. Love that. A foody adjective. Which brings me to-->
milquetoast: one of my favorite ways to describe people I don't like, and one of the things I like seeing least in myself
feckless: learned helplessness, or: the problem with kids these days
Exapt (exapted, exaptation): when one thing's original use is replaced with a new and different usage. Common in biological traits or behavioral traits.
penny-wise and pound-foolish: being very careful about trivial things, and ridiculous with important things
"if the mind could east itself...and find the sun" -- R.W. Emerson
"My poverty, not my will, ascents."
Qualia: In philosophy and specific psychology models, qualia are defined as individual instances of subjective, conscious experience. The term qualia derives from the Latin neuter plural form of the Latin adjective quālis, meaning "of what sort" or "of what kind" in a specific instance, such as "what it is like to taste a specific apple, this particular apple now." The opposite of behaviorism?
Culture-bound syndrome (or folk illness, which is my favorite alternative): a combination of psychiatric and somatic symptoms considered recognizable as a disease within specific societies or cultures. I wonder if this is related to the "theory of the mind."
Dunbar's number: a suggested cognitive limit for the number of people with whom an individual maintains stable social relationships. Dunbar said it's "the number of people you would not feel embarrassed about joining uninvited for a drink if you happened to bump into them in a bar." This number is between 100-250, most common value is 150. You know 150 people. Dunbar argued it is relational to the neocortex size of the brain. I don't know what that means yet.
The criterion of embarrassment: I should edit this wiki page because it's a complicated theory that relates to other "criterions." Essentially, people generally don't make up embarrassing things about themselves, so when they share an embarrassing story, it's likely to be true. They used this criterion to determine the likelihood of the Gospel and the Torah.
Gestalt: an organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts. Big UX learned theory, The Gestalt Principles (similarity, continuation, closure, proximity, figure/ground, symmetry and order (the last is also known as 'prägnanz.)
Prägnanz: when the perception of ambiguous stimuli tends to be as 'good’ (meaning simple, regular, and symmetric) as the sensory input allows. This is hard for me to grok.
Protasis: the clause expressing the condition in a conditional sentence, e.g., if you were nice to me, I would be nice to you.
Apidosis: the consequent clause in a conditional sentence, e.g., if you were nice to me, I would be nice to you.
Echolalia: the unsolicited repetition of vocalizations made by another person, automatic and effortless. At first, I thought this was a liturgical thing, like "peace be with you," but it's actually when children or people with autism automatically repeat what another person says to them.
emotive conjugation: (Russell's conjugation) "I am firm, you are obstinate, he is a pig-headed fool." "I have reconsidered the matter, you have changed your mind, he has gone back on his word." describing your own behavior more charitably than others.
aphantasia: the inability to have mental imagery, lacking a "picture in one's mind."
Astral projection: I wish I experienced this. Flying outside of my body!!