This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

Philosophy Appignanesi, R., C. Garratt, Z. Sardar, and P. Curry, Postmodernism for Beginners, Beginners Series (Totem Books, 1995) Fillingham, L.A., and M. Süsser, Foucault for Beginners, Riters and Readers Documentary Comic Books (Writers and Readers Pub., 1993) Jullien, F., The Propensity of Things: Toward a History of Efficacy in China, trans. by Lê Đức Quang (Danang Publisher, 2004) Laozi, Daodejing […]

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Appendix 2: Other thoughts

This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

1 There are three mathematical branches that are used in this theory: projective geometry, dynamical systems, and maybe harmonics analysis. As far as I know, the only theory in physics that links all of them is… Einstein’s relativity theory. I’m speechless 😶 But I think the mathematical model is totally different and should not be that overkill. As I found […]

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Appendix 1: The analogies

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

The first analogy is the pendulum, which is commonly used in Zen or Taoism. The extremes it swings back and forth represent the duality/dichotomy/polarization of the phenomena (me – you, good – bad, right – wrong), and the balance point is somewhere in the middle. The visual effect of the pendulum comes from its velocity. The pendulum goes fastest at […]

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This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

This theory came up before I read about all of these models, therefore it’s really naïve. All I want is to see how far an analogy can go. I have no idea what a “look” mean, and I can’t explain where emotions come from. I’m not sure if this theory is falsifiable or not, and I don’t know how to […]

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Comparisons to mainstream knowledge

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

Before going to the discussion section, let’s compare the theory to contemporary ones in various fields. Cognitive psychology Depending on the context, the clearness – fadedness continuum can be described as: Model Clearness Fadedness Example Attitude Explicit attitude Implicit attitude Belief, judgement, external pressure Persuasion • Central route processing• Systematic processing • Peripheral route processing• Heuristic processing   Awareness Consciousness […]

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Application: The cold gaze

This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

Cueball is thinking about Megan. Their relationship is dysfunctional, and what she has said or done makes him either living in a fantasy or in hell. How can he help himself? In the new perspective, you are free from your emotion. You don’t have to worry about having fear, bias, heuristics, memory distortions, etc. Your mind is sharp and rational […]

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Application: Communication & perspective-taking

This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

When two persons really really want to communicate to each other, it’s not that they don’t want to put themselves in the other’s perspective, but because whatever one says it will be distorted in the other’s ears. If it’s not distorted, then they don’t have to really really want at the first place. Let’s say we have a conversation: When […]

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Application: Finding balance point

This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

Is using phone in a meeting distracting and disrespecting the speaker, or is it because each person has a right to focus on what’s more important? Shouldn’t the speaker focus on the talk, and doesn’t the listener come there to listen? There are endless arguments like this, and both sides have their rationales. If we keep thinking about what to […]

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Application: Tea break

This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series A theory of perspective

The topics below build backgrounds for the next sections, but they don’t directly use the model. They are stories to be told in tea breaks. 1 There are many advice and philosophies that advocate refuting the perceived phenomena, for example: Taoism & Buddhism: the bad equals the good; there is no need to be scared of the bad Science: before […]

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