the assumption of responsibility for the welfare of the world













Five known substances:

― the mind
― concepts as concepts
― percepts as percepts
― time
― space

Undefined, but with technical clarifications

concept: all things have conceptual existence, id est, they exist as concepts
thought: the only active of the three conscious processes; invariably intuitive
memory: a passive process, reproducing the entirety of experiences
perception: a passive process
time: infinite and linear in one dimension; unrelated to space
space: infinite and Euclidean, in three perpendicular dimensions


universe: the collective of all things, conceptual and extra-conceptual
substance: an extra-conceptual reality
consciousness: the process of thought, perception, and memory
mind: an instance of consciousness; an independent perspective on the universe
experience: an object of consciousness, composed of thoughts, memories, and percepts
thought: an object of thought; must be a concept
memory: an object of memory
percept: an object of perception
visual percept: a pattern of color (tint and tone) and area (size, shape, and position) in two perpendicular spatial dimensions
audial percept: a pattern of pitch and volume over time
perceptual realm: the virtual world (whether substantial or merely conceptual) defined by percepts
abstraction: the process of defining a concept based on an observation, mental or perceptual
generalization: an abstraction which relates other concepts based on similarities
perceptual paradigm: a generalization from a perceptual pattern
association: the linkage of concepts through memory; two concepts are associated when they are thought of in the same experience, so that thinking of one triggers the recall of the experience in which the other one is also present
belief: an association of two concepts or conceptual patterns
idiodoct: the set of all beliefs of an individual mind; a personal version of the conceptual realm
diadoct: the intersection of two or more idiodocts
interpretation: the process of fitting observed percepts into recognized paradigms; a means of constructing a personal version of the perceptual realm; an attempt to reconstruct the actual course of events in the perceptual realm
sign: association of a perceptual paradigm with another concept
communication: the attempt by one consciousness to induce a certain interpretation by another
disinformation: a form of communication; the attempt to induce a false interpretation of the course of events in the perceptual realm
symbol: a sign whose association between perceptual paradigm and other concept is one of convention
language: a form of communication; the use of symbols
logic: a system for deriving new symbols from existing ones, by combining or altering them according to certain conventional rules
idiolect: the set of all symbols and logics understood by an interpreter
dialect: the intersection of two or more idiolects; the linguistic “joint product” of a group
rational analysis: an (intuitive) attempt to understand complex concepts by breaking them down into their elements
convention: a coincidence of two or more interpreters forming the same association based on some common experience; a first convention can serve as the basis for further conventions
dominion: the exercise of control over the universe and its inhabitants
stewardship: the assumption of responsibility for the welfare of the universe
the dominion: a phenomenon in the universe; that portion of the universe that acts to dominate the whole
the stewardship: a phenomenon in the universe; that portion of the universe that acts to preserve and improve the whole



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