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February 2011

Mantra: The Stoics were Right Hemisphere Thinkers

This is just a fragment posted to Stoics mailing list:MantraA mantra usually refers to a verbal repetitive chant. Â This is particularly therapeutic for the left hemisphere of the brain. The left hemisphere is the side that characterises modern Western thinking and the sciences. This is where you find the angst. Â It specialises in abstract, symbolic, [...]

Mantra: The Stoics were Right Hemisphere Thinkers

This is just a fragment posted to Stoics mailing list:MantraA mantra usually refers to a verbal repetitive chant.  This is particularly therapeutic for the left hemisphere of the brain. The left hemisphere is the side that characterises modern Western thinking and the sciences. This is where you find the angst.  It specialises in abstract, symbolic, [...]

Semiotic Square and the Shape of Mind

The farmyard hen's left-brain is connected to its right eye, the right brain to the left. There is no partial sharing of retina connections across the hemispheres as in humans. When foraging for that allusive grain of wheat, the hen will use its left brained right eye to focus in and seek it out. For [...]

Kiyosaki and the Semiotic Square

Kiyosaki’s books, mentioned in the previous semiotic post, illustrate the difference in thinking between his highly educated, abstract thinking poor dad and his uneducated, but smart, rich dad. The author’s favourite way of summing up the situation is with the observation: Most people who successfully complete university studies end up working for someone that didn’t. [...]

Semiotics: Dyads or Triads?

Before understanding our reconstruction of the Chrysippus semiotic square, we need to know a bit about semiotics , or at least, our version of it. The author’s first acquaintance with the semiotic square came from following the courses of Greimas back in Paris, many years ago. The term “semiotic square” is nowadays generally associated with [...]