Term, definition, origin

A list of terms I use, their origins, and variants on those terms.

While I'll be the first to say that no dictionary definition of a word/phrase can accurately capture its meaning, as this meaning is derived from the totality of all of its uses,


At a glance:

Analogical Trait [O]

Definition: A trait which is defined by analogy to a set of commonly accepted exemplars.

Example: One justifies calling something "fascist" by comparing that thing to a small set of commonly accepted examples of fascism (Hitler, Franco, Mussolini).

Origin: My essay Analogical Traits and Campbell's Law.

Aprioristic Methodology [O]

Definition: The study of scientific schemata according to which understandings of particular phenomena are made legible to science.

Example of such a schema: Evolution, in the general sense. Example of aprioristic examination of the schema: When is it possible to conceive of any system, biological or not, as undergoing something akin to biological evolution? Is lossy reproduction contingent on quality enough? What phenomena may systems like this exhibit (canalization, facilitated variation, genetics and genetic drift, etc.), and how can we find or reject their presence?

Origin: My essay Metacognitive Science.

Cognitive Temperature [O]

Definition: A particular character of cognition which is "directed, deliberative, and self-aware"; it is particularly useful in the conscious identification and solution of problems.

Origin: My essay Cognitive Temperature, Short Edition.

Counterfactuality, Ceteris Paribus [O]

Definition: Counterfactual thought is ceteris paribus (CE) when the counterfactual world is implicitly taken to be as close to our world as possible.

Origin: My essay Two Poles of Counterfactual Thought.

Counterfactuality, Most Likely Explanation [O]

Definition: Counterfactual thought is most-likely-explanation (MLE) when the counterfactual world is implicitly taken to be such that the counterfactual desideratum happens most naturally in that world.

Origin: My essay Two Poles of Counterfactual Thought.

Deep Phenomenology [O]

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