sábado, 15 de novembro de 2014

Questions and the trivium

The fundamental questions of interpreting reality are the the five Ws and one H. These are intimately
related to the trivum in the following way:

  •     Grammar : who, what, where, when 
  •     Logic : Why 
  •     Rhetoric : How 

Interestingly, the trivium can be seen in another light and by a different set of names:

  •  Grammar -> Information
  •  Logic       -> Knowledge
  •  Rhetoric   -> Wisdom

quinta-feira, 10 de julho de 2014

O valor

'A saudade nos leva a reflexão,
do que, na vida, é a razão.
Por isso sentir-la tem seu valor,
apesar de toda a dor.'

segunda-feira, 23 de junho de 2014

The taxonomy of emotional mirroring

The taxonomy of emotional mirroring

The taxonomy of emotional mirroring

People usually have the capacity of emotional mirroring based on the state of another person. I.e, to feel certain emotions based on a perceived emotion of another person.
The identification of these emotions, or their general structure, would be helpful in understanding the thymology (general psychology) of humans, and to better predict their purposes and actions.
Luckily, given that, the structure of mirroring can be classified a priori into generic classes based on the fulfillment of happiness (or its negation), both of the mirrored and mirroring actors.
Using this schema, we arrive at the following table:
ϕ ¬ϕ
ω Mudita Envy
¬ω Schadenfreude Sympathy
ϕ→ Mirroring actor happy
ω→ Mirrored actor happy
One important note is that an actor can be indifferent to other actors, and in this context this taxonomy is irrelevant.