Monday, July 25, 2016

Less is More

Less is more advocates for a minimalist approach to an artistic or aesthetic expression. One might pinpoint the declining number of posts published herein as a minimalist approach to blogging ... 

A philosophy of minimalism is similar to the philosophy of listening in the sense that it is conceptually "empty" but simultaneously "filled in" with thoughts or attributes. 

Speaking (or writing) is only one half of language, in which the power of discourse is highlighted over its necessary compliment: listening or reading. 

In order for one to be 'heard'
another must be listening

Over time society has empowered expressive language with the entire domain of communicating, negating listening.

For some, listening requires a Herculean effort. Most "listen" with the intent of responding. This is based on the idea that one must always know what to say as an expression of self worth. This might be true in certain professional circumstances when one's opinion is being sought, but in interpersonal relationships what we're listening for is the other's intent. 

Individuals with auditory processing challenges do not easily process when someone has asked them a question and is waiting for a response, or when someone has finished speaking and is waiting for them to interject a relevant comment. Over time these individuals end up "second guessing" (because listening intently can be just as exhaustive as speaking non-stop) in order to ease communication. Frequently this can result in "interrupting" the speaker. When an individual is listening so intently that the listener prematurely jumps the gun to speak prior to waiting for speaker's natural pause it can seem as if the individual is disinterested in the subject rather than intensely interested. Knowing your listener helps resolve this potential misunderstanding. 


One does not have to have an auditory processing challenge to accidentally interrupt someone. Some highly charged conversations filled with excitement and fueled by enthusiasm can produce the same interruption effect. 

Similarly, conversations to which little enthusiasm is applied can also result in interrupting. An attempt to "get the conversation over with" so as to move along with one's day indicates a lack of interest in the subject material and results in one person succinctly (sometimes, impatiently) summarizing the other person's premise in order to arrive to the "point" of the matter.  Here, listening has been replaced by processing alone. 


Effective listening starts with concentrated listening combined with knowledge on the subject matter. As such we are selective with whom we share certain information. With strangers, we discuss the weather or non-emotive news headlines. With friends, we discuss our vacations, hobbies and shared interests. With close friends and family, we discuss our lives. With colleagues, we discuss our projects. With ourselves, we discuss all of our discussions prior to having them. 

Just as listening is important to effective communication, so too is knowing what to share with whom and when. Setting the stage for effective communication requires our knowing when to say something and when to remain quiet. This is perhaps the most difficult part of the language experience. 

Relying on the less is more approach can result in a mystery. Others wonder what is being left out and why. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Fascinating Post

*contains emotionally evocative language

In modern English, the term "fascinating" is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as an adjective, something that is "extremely interesting" ...

The Evolution of Fascinating 

Fascinating comes from the Latin fascinum, a representation of a phallus. 

Tiny fasscini were worn by young boys as charms to protect them against the evil eye. In ancient Rome, these phalli were thought to be infused with magical power. 

Today when people claim to be "fascinated" ... 

it generally means that they are captivated by an idea or by an object. While linguists have made countless links to how similarly we and our ancient Greek and Roman ancestors utilize language, "fascinating" is a "funny" example of how language evolves over time. 

The Irony of Fascinating 

Think of the French poet Charles Baudelaire and be instantly transported to his 1857 publication of Les Fleurs du Mal

works characterized as one of the most important (sometimes referred to as "fascinating") contributions to the symbolist and modernist movements. The poems deal with themes relating to decadence and eroticism. 

As irony would have it, Charles Baudelaire having lost his ability to speak from a stroke, except for one phrase he repeated so often that the nuns taking care of him threw him out of their hospital: "Cré nom!" - short for sacré nom de Dieu.  

Today the English equivalent to this word is the historically blasphemous utterance associated with cursing a deity, i.e., "The Lord's name in vain." 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Truth Particle

The Truth Particle  is the power of the human mind to recognize that which is relevant to the discovery of ultimate truth. Until the discovery of the Truth Particle this unclarity about what might be involved in deciphering the knowledge of truth gave rise to doubts whether it was possible at all. 

The traditional framework of scholastic teaching provides a range of patterns for legitimating the belief in the notion of learning, but does not have interpretative authority over the phenomena of spontaneous or internal understanding; a force surrounding the Truth Particle; its relation to the Truth Particle, with the help of common observation and some traditional experimental enquiry, with a splattering of sophisticated forms of logical argument (for good measure). The 21st century Truth Reformation questioned the traditional sources of intellectual authority, but has not produced any consensus, and according to sources is not going to give any of the grant money back; others can download their research on this topic on Scribd.
The controversies surrounding the issue of truth helps to generate movements of skepticism, not only with respect to what truth is, but also what it is not, in particular relation to other forms of supposed knowledge. If it were objected that the belief in truth had no true foundation, defenders of righteousness could reply that things were no better than the belief in transcendental-fluffery.

The Mighty Authority of the Grander Minds Institute had no fully coherent answer to this question, which was bound to recur in the form of asking what peculiar access to truth was possessed by The Mighty Authority, who was after all only another human being, if a very gifted one.

Other ideas on truth occur repeatedly in dialogues concerning different world systems; while the Truth Particle is, significantly, in a position to deploy a clearly developed and dismissive concept of 'intelligence' to make a similar point: 

... nor shall we come out as Truth Sayers, if we speak all the truths of our time, but can form no sound judgement on the matters in question: we shall have learned, not the truth, but history, from which an independent intelligence or recognition arises, that which we call truth. In Co-ops, a confusion of possible answers is generated every 23 seconds of what capacities, food preferences, and nondual yoga could lead to knowledge of the truth. Many vegan thinkers, particularly in Palo Alto and Colorado, understood that their task not to be just the establishment of knowledge about the classical past, but also the revival of the "I'm smarter than you" attitude to knowledge which existed back in high school.
But this understanding was itself surrounded by great uncertainty and shotty wifi signal. Some of these veganarians perhaps did unwittingly recapitulate a feature of fifth-century BCE Greek culture, of which it has been well said that the Greek sophists (who lived before the fundamental logical discoveries of Plato and Aristotle) 'were prone to confuse the force of reason and the power of the spoken word' - in particular with buzz words, which are just as annoying as inviting a sophist to dine.
But that's okay, everybody's got a right to their opinion. In fact, avid Truth Seekers are fascinated by opinions. They do not always share them, but their fodderific content provides endless hours of fascinating entertainment for skeptic seekers. The incapacity to tell the difference between truth and lies and the force of the argument to support or defend either/or contributes to the sceptical disorientation which exists now, as it existed yesterday, and before then.Disregarding Truth Particles leads to run-down traditional logic, which is another word for life-long contempt for reason. 

Adventurous thinkers are uncertain about which dialectical weapons they could use to counter scepticism, but the lack is not important. If there is evidence of real truth in the universe, the fact that one lacks arguments to prove it is possible is of purely philosophical - that is to say, very limited - interest. 

Nevertheless, the charts are nice. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Secret Body Image Formula

The ever-so-determined Humorologist, Dr. Laughing, has recently, with the help of a few hundred social media friends, created the world's first Body Image Secret Formula, the now redefining trending, 

A x B = P

Never before have funnier more profound words been shared with the general public. Except, for maybe, all the other seriously funny stuff out there. But to find any of it, you'll have to pull out your microscope and jr. detective kit to search for the elusive dust bunny tribe ... "keepers of all the really good stuff" ... remember when her Honey, Shrunk the kids? It's kinda like that. 

The BEST PART about Soph's humble discovery is that it inspired people EVERYWHERE to sit back and philosophize about it. They thought to themselves, 

"Okay, let's do this thing! 
Let's prove her wrong!" 

And you know what?

They did!

They thought of something that made them laugh. 
But then, Suddenly!
Something happened ... 
They took in a deep breath.
And when they let it out.
Their feeling good vibes were all a flutter!

Blasted Watermelons! 

I feel too good to be bothered with nonsense. I'll have to wait for this lighthearted moment to pass. In the meantime, I just caught my image in the mirror and thought, 

Oh Mighty Isis, 
I look good! 

And there you have it. The world proved the theory right. And rejoiced were all those little bears who like to prove theories right, for those little curmudgeons who secretly think they have proven some pretty mind blowing theories right, and for the rest, who are still wondering about it all ... 

You know where you stand.

Stand tall!

Or here, 
Please sit, 
if that's more comfortable.

Outdated Hairstyles for Women

If you're anything like me, you've probably fallen in love with a hairstyle and never ever abandoned it; at least not for long ...

Goodness, me!
My hairstyle is getting outdated!

If so, it's time to get yourself to the hairdresser, post haste. But don't go unprepared. You'll have to search the net for attractive hairstyles, ones that fit your face shape, attitude, color of hair, amount of hair, type of hair, and so forth.

Today I am trying to decide between two different styles.

Modern Version of the 
80s Swimwear model look

Modern version of the 
retired 80s swimwear model look

Seeing these pictures, I'm thinking my hairstyles have pretty much always looked the same, which means it's time for a drastic change!

But really, there's only so many looks this author thinks she can pull off and still feel comfortable with herself. 

Going back in time ... 

I've had bangs ...

Worn my hair up ... 

Embraced the wavy look ... 

And used a lot of product to stiffen my hair ... 

It's time for a change!






It's gonna be a fun summer!