Glossary – A Canticle of Reality (26)



absolute: pure; without limits; nonrelative. Contrast relative.

abstraction: a symbolic representation. Compare concept.

achieve: to successfully do. Compare attain.

act (verb): do; initiate behavior. Contrast react.

actual: existing.

actuality: experienced through the senses. Compare reality.

actualize: to make actual; to represent realistically; to give substance or performance capability to; to manifest in the broadest sense.

adaptation (evolutionary biology): the teleological (goal-oriented) process of adjusting to ecological circumstance. Adaptation aims at enhancing survival and reproduction while keeping living a challenge.

aka: also known as.

alacrity: quickness.

alchemy: the study of matter transmutation, which scientifically evolved into chemistry.

alive: a consciousness witnessing dobe. See dobe.

amalgamate: to unite or combine into a whole.

ambient: a surrounding or encompassing environment.

amusement: pleasant entertainment.

animate: alive. Contrast inanimate.

animism: the doctrine that a vital energetic force is inherent in all of Nature. Compare vitalism.

antediluvian: exceedingly old; (now conventionally considered) outdated.

antithetical: the exact opposite.

apperception: (awareness of) intuitive comprehension.

apprehension: an act of intuitive understanding.

archaea (singular: archaeon): a taxonomic domain of life alongside bacteria and viruses; the group of prokaryotes from which eukaryotes arose, by union with a mutualist bacterium. Archaea account for 20% of Earth’s biomass. Archaea are extremely robust and versatile, with both extremophiles and ubiquity in their favor. Marine archaea are plentiful. The archaea in plankton make them among the most abundant organisms on the planet. Archaea play roles in the carbon cycle and nitrogen cycle. Typically gregarious, archaea are commonly mutualists or commensals. No archaeal pathogens or parasites are known.

artful: cunning; crafty; deceitful. Artful is one of those words that has an evolution of opposite meanings. From the 14th century, artful meant skillful (full of art). As used in this book, artful acquired its negative connotation by the late 16th century. The idiom “artful dodger” became popular in the 1560s. Contrast artless.

artifact: an object; a piece of tangible (material) evidence.

artifice: a clever or shrewd trick.

artless: sincere; simple; genuine. Contrast artful.

arthropod: an invertebrate with an exoskeleton, a segmented body, and jointed appendages. Arachnids, crustaceans, and insects are arthropods. Before the current mass extinction event accelerated in the late 19th century, there were over 6 million distinct arthropods, comprising over 75% of animal species. Their collective biomass far outweighed that of vertebrates.

artifact: a tangible creative work.

artifice: a clever ruse, trick, or contrivance.

assumption: supposing or taking for granted.

atom: the smallest unit of a chemical element. Atoms are comprised of subatomic quanta.

attachment (psychology): emotively clinging to conceptualizations for their construed psychological comfort: a compulsion of felt insecurity.

attain (psychology): to come to a state of beĩng. Compare achieve.

attention: willed mental awareness.

aura: the subtle, perceptible field emanation of an object or being.

authority: power over others.

autoimmunity: a bodily disease arising from an immune response that attacks the body rather than defending it.

autonomic: relating to subconscious intent.

awareness: being conscious. See consciousness.

Axial Age (8th–3rd century BCE): German philosopher Karl Jaspers’ proposal that there was a pivotal age in world history regarding the development of philosophy and religion.

axiom: an assumption.


bacteria (singular: bacterium): a taxonomic domain of single-celled prokaryotes, abundant in most ecosystems. All animals rely upon mutualist bacteria for their digestion and to assist with other bodily functions. Bacteria play vital roles in various facets of the biosphere.

banish: to dismiss, exclude, evict.

baseline: a line or level that is nominal, minimal, or typical.

beauty: qualities which excite pleasure.

beget: generate; produce.

behave: to act or react in a certain way.

behavior: an attribution of action or inaction to a living entity.

being (noun): a living life form, whether a molecule (e.g., virus, protein), cell, or organism. Compare beĩng.

being (verb): to exist. Compare beĩng.

beĩng (noun which is really an intransitive verb): the intrinsic awareness of being alive; awareness in the living mode of not doing. The tilde ĩ disambiguates beĩng from other uses of being. See doing.

belief: a habit of the mind to treat ideas as true; confidence in abstractions as real.

beneficence: active goodness.

benevolence: good that benefits others.

bereft: lacking something needed.

bias: a subconscious preference.

biofilm: a colony of prokaryotes encased in a stabilizing polymer matrix; commonly known as slime.

black hole: (literally) a hole in the fabric of existence. Black holes have tremendous gravitational pull. Each galaxy rotates around a massive black hole. Cosmologists cannot explain how the cosmos evolved to be galaxies orbiting black holes.

bliss: the feeling of joyful contentment which emanates from connection with Cönsciousness. Bliss is symptomatic of enlightenment. Compare happiness.

blithe: carefree; unconcerned; casual or indifferent.

boson: a localized field which acts on fermions. See cöforce.


canticle: a poem, nonmetrical hymn, or song intended as inspirational.

capitalism: a market-based economic system based upon private ownership of resources and their exploitation for exclusive profit. Compare socialism.

category: a grouping by some perceived characteristic(s).

causality (aka (noun) cause and effect, (adjective) cause-and-effect): the construal that one phenomenon provokes a succeeding phenomenon. Contrast correlation.

causation: an imagined linkage of cause and effect.

cause (verb) (physics): to effect; to bring about.

cell (biology): the basic physical unit of organisms. Compare virus.

challenge: a provocative invitation to enter a struggle of skill.

character: the perceived distinguishing qualities or attributes (of something).

charge (electric): the force of electromagnetism per unit of time, measured in coulombs. Electrochemical charge is measured in faraday.

chemistry: the study of matter, especially chemical reactions.

clade (biological classification): a group of biological taxa, such as species, which includes all descendants of a common ancestor.

clarity (psychology): precision in perception, lucidity, perspicuity.

coarse (psychology, sociology): vulgar, crude, lacking refinement or sensitivity.

Cöcö: the universal, unified field of Cönsciousness/cöherence which localizes into individualized consciousnesses, minds, and the perception and production of Nature.

cöforce: a local field of effect without manifestation.

cognition: willful mentation to gain knowledge.

cognitive (adjective): related to mentation.

coherence (psychology): the perception of having order. Compare cöherence.

cöherence: the unified field which localizes and quantizes to produce minds and Nature.

cöherence consciousness: the 2nd level of higher consciousness, where the unity of Nature is sensed. Compare enlightenment (the 1st level), realization (the 3rd level).

Collective: those who live in iğnorance, which is most people.

combustion (aka burning): a high-temperature exothermic redox chemical reaction between a fuel (the reductant) and an oxidant, usually oxygen. Combustion produces smoke, which is an oxidized, gaseous mixture. Combustion does not necessarily result in fire. A flame is only visible when substances undergoing combustion vaporize. The heat from a flame may provide enough energy to render combustion self-sustaining.

comity: mutual social consideration, including courtesy and respect.

compassion: a feeling of sympathy in witnessing misfortune, often accompanied by an emotional impulse toward helpful behaviors. See empathy.

competence: the state of being capable or sufficient for a task.

complement: something which completes or balances a system.

complementary: serving to complete or conceptually fill out.

compound eye: a type of eye comprising thousands of individual light receptors (ommatidia) from which the mind constructs imagery.

comprehension: contented understanding.

conation: volitional (willed) mentation.

concentration (psychology): pure focal awareness.

concept: a symbolic construct; a construed abstraction or idea.

conflation: blending or (con)fusing concepts.

confusion: lack of clarity, bewilderment, disorientation.

congruence, congruity: the quality of coinciding; in a state of agreement or correspondence; in harmony.

conscious: in awareness; aware of. Compare subconscious.

consciousness: a localized faculty for awareness. See Cönsciousness.

Cönsciousness: the unified field of consciousness which localizes into individualized consciousnesses.

consilience: concurrence of theories from distinct disciplines of knowledge into a set of inductive principles.

construal: (an) interpretation.

construct (noun; psychology): a conceptual system.

construe: interpret; comprehend meaning or intent.

consume, consumption: to allocate attention to.

content: satisfied; not wanting.

coremind: fundamental perception. Compare nattermind, willmind.

correlate: congruence in a relationship.

correlation: the fact that multiple phenomena coincide. Contrast causality.

cosmogony: the origin or coming into being of the astrophysical cosmos.

cosmology: the study of the astrophysical cosmos.

cosmos (astrophysics): the (seemingly physical) universe.

cosmos (philosophy): the totality of existence.

counterfactual: not existing.

counterfactual cognition: imagination.

covid: an autoimmune disease via CoV2 viral infection. CoV2 is a coronavirus.

credibility: the quality of being believable.

curiosity: a desire to know more (about something).

cytology: the study of biological cells.


data: symbols which may become meaningful via perception. Compare information.

daydream: idle imagining. See dream.

deduction (logic): the method of inferring a conclusion about particulars from general principles. Contrast induction.

desire: (a) want. Compare need.

device: a designed tool; a trick or scheme.

dipole (dipolar): having 2 poles. Compare monopole.

discipline (verb): to bring or have under control.

distal: distant. Compare proximal.

diversity: (having) distinctive multiplicity. Contrast unicity.

divine: spiritual excellence.

dobe (pronounced “due-bee”): doing & beĩng, the 2 modes of living.

doctrine: a philosophical conviction.

dogma: a codified belief system (creed).

doing: behaving; performing (a task). Compare beĩng.

double entendre: a word or expression with 2 possible interpretations.

dream: mentally generated perception while asleep. Compare imagination. See daydreaming.

dualism: the belief that existence has 2 realms: the physical and the mental (or spiritual). Contrast monism.

dullard: a stupid person.

dynamic (noun): a field process.


economy: the art of managing; frugality in use; selective exposition to facilitate understanding; organization of operation; a societal system of production, distribution, and consumption for bodily survival.

economics: conceptualization of a societal economy.

effect (verb): to cause to happen.

efficacy: the ability to produce desired results; effectiveness.

ego: sense of self, including self-esteem.

electromagnetic radiation: immaterial field travel in the electromagnetic spectrum.

electromagnetism: the interactions of electricity and magnetism, which appear distinct but are intimately related. Electromagnetism is one of the fundamental physics forces. See gravity.

electron: the fundamental particulate field of electromagnetism. As part of an atom, electrons orbit the atomic nucleus (core of nucleons).

emanate: to emit, issue, come or send forth.

embryo: an animal at an early stage of development.

embryogenesis: formation and development of an embryo.

emergence (philosophy): the synergistic construal that complexity arises from a multiplicity of simple interactions, as when a complex entity assumes properties or behaviors that its constituents do not have on their own, emerging only when they interact in a larger system.

emergence (physics): actuality becoming phenomenal on a Plank-time moment-by-moment basis.

emotion: a feeling developed by nattermind into a sustained mental state that disrupts awareness.

emotive: emotional or relating to emotion.

empathy: emotive mind perception.

empower: to enable.

endothermic: an energetic heat-absorbing chemical reaction. Contrast exothermic.

energy (physics): the idea of an immaterial force acting upon or producing matter. Energy may also be mentally felt as a vibrational sensation. Though energy is the foundational construct of existence, energy itself does not exist. As matter itself is made of energy, this tautology tidily proves energyism.

energyism: the monistic paradigm that Nature is a figment of the mind. Energyism differentiates between actuality and reality. Contrast matterism. See dualism.

enlightenment: the 1st level of higher consciousness, whereupon contented quietude reigns and bliss is a common occurrence. Contrast iğnorance (the lowest level of consciousness). See cöherence consciousness, realization.

enliven: to cause to be lively or joyous.

entanglement: distinct phenomena sharing an environment.

entertainment: fun.

entity: a perceived form or abstraction. Entity is a general term for anything which is construed as existing. The mind treats abstraction as existing in having a conceptual form.

environ: surroundings.

environment: a designated spatial region or conceptual realm.

equity: fairness.

eukaryote: an organism with cell structures (organelles) separated by membranes. Multicellular life is eukaryotic. Compare prokaryote.

event: a perceived process with an outcome.

evidence: an experience that gives confidence in conceptualization accuracy.

evolution (generally): the idea of vectored change through time.

evolution (biology): adaptation in a living being.

excitement: something which emotively agitates. Compare amusement.

existence: what appears in the mind as perceptual. See actuality.

exists: perceptible.

exothermic: an energetic heat-releasing chemical reaction. Contrast endothermic.

experience (noun): a sensory encounter or event.

experience (verb): to sense.

expression (philosophy): the act, process, or instance of manifesting.

extent: spread; magnitude; the space, range, distance, or expanse over which something has influence.

externality (economics): an unintended byproduct of an ecological activity, typically making an economic product. Waste and pollution are exemplary externalities.


fact: an experienced event.

faith: belief in absence of evidence.

fantasy: experience based upon desire, involving imagination.

fascicle: a localized bundle or compact cluster.

fate: the idea of cause-and-effect writ large.

feel (psychology): inner appraisal of contentment.

feeling: a perceptual reaction not (yet) developed into an emotion; a sensation not directly associated with the senses.

fermion: a quantized field which appears as matter. Compare boson.

fictional: nonexistent. Compare truth.

field: (typically localized) data with influence potential. A field may influence other fields and be influenced by other fields. Compare gyre.

fission (physics): breaking atoms apart, thereby releasing tremendous energy. Contrast fusion.

forage: search for food.

force (physics): the old-school, pushier physics term for interaction. Sometimes force fits, as some fields are organizers. See hydration force.

force (sociology): imposing one’s will on others. Contrast power (sociology).

form: matter; a substance.

fortify: to strengthen or invigorate.

fortitude: strength, patience, and endurance in the face of adversity or temptation.

fractal: a self-similar pattern.

freedom (psychology, economics): contentment and emotional detachment; the mental state of release from materialism. Contrast materialism.

friction (physics): resistance to relative motion; inertia by proximity to other fields.

frustration: emotively feeling a hinderance to satisfaction.

fun: something that arouses mirth.

fusion (physics): the process of multiple atomic nuclei fusing. Contrast fission.


Gnosticism: various ancient religions whose adherents forsook the material world for spiritualism. Christianity is conceptually Gnostic. Christianity’s corruption by the Catholic Church erased the Gnostic gospel, substituting faith and obedience as the main lessons.

God: the idea of a metaphysical, immortal supreme being who is omniscient and typically omnipotent.

gravity (physics): the idea that matter has an attractive force related to its mass; an attractive unipolar derivative cöforce of mass.

greatness (spirituality): feeling bliss in beĩng.

gullible: inclined to believe; easily tricked.

guru: a spiritual teacher in realization. Compare sage.

gyre: a rotating vortex; a conceptual framework treating a physical system as a dynamic interacting with its environment. Compare field.


habitat: the environment in which a life form lives; living conditions.

hallmark: a distinguishing characteristic or feature.

happiness (noun), happy (adjective): a moment or mood of feeling good. Compare joybliss.

harmony: accord with an environment; a pleasing or orderly relation among components; in music, simultaneity of notes causing a pleasing sonic blending.

heat: electromagnetic energy felt as warmth, as it is in the infrared region, which is just slightly less energetic than visible red light.

heat capacity (aka thermal capacity): the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of a substance.

Higgs mechanism: the Planck-time process whereby gauge bosons acquire their attributes via spontaneous symmetry breaking. The Higgs mechanism exemplifies the basic mechanism by which Nature is composed: universal fields localizing, with local fields quantizing into perceptible particulates: objects coherently formed from the quantum level up.

homeodynamic: (the idea of) a self-sustaining system.

hominin: the hypothesized clade of ape that descended into humans.

hydration: a chemical compound that contains water.

hydration force: the field influence of water.

hypothesis: a guess. Compare theory.


idea: a concept imbued by imagination.

identity: sense of self.

ignorance: not knowing.

iğnorance: the level of consciousness where nattermind runs roughshod in mentation, causing suffering for the resident consciousness. The breve symbol ˘ (over ğ) signifies nattermind lording over the mind of those in iğnorance. Compare enlightenment.

imagination: the faculty for forming counterfactual mental images and perceptions. Compare dream.

immaterial: not having physical form; incorporeal; apparitional.

immortal: extending beyond a single lifetime.

immune system: a biological system that wards against disease, especially infection. For macrobes, an immune system acts as a microbiome management system.

imperceptible: not capable of being perceived.

impress: to make a strong impact on, especially positively.

inanimate: not endowed with life. Contrast animate.

incarnate: to make a mental appearance in Nature.

indelible: incapable of being removed.

induction (logic): the method of inferring a generalized conclusion from particulars. Contrast deduction.

inexplicable: unable to be explained by physical mechanics.

infection: an illness in an organism caused by invasion of another organism.

infer: to guess based upon observation.

infinite: beyond measure.

influence: an entity altering construal of another entity.

information: data given meaning; a perception considered of some value. Compare data.

ingrained (psychology): firmly impressed or fixed in the mind.

innate: inborn; knowledge or a means of acquiring knowledge within a being without learning. The ability to learn is innate.

insight: a fresh comprehension.

instantiate: to represent (an abstraction or principle) by an actual instance.

instinct: precocious knowledge.

integral: being an essential part of a whole; essential.

intelligence: behavior appropriate to a situation in that it may bring advantage.

intent: pure mental focus; intention.

intention: a purpose; a goal; a plan.

interaction (physics): a construal of functional relation between perceived entities. See force.

interplay: interaction and/or reciprocal influence.

intrinsic: inherent; being essential to or of the nature of something.

introspection: insight about mentation; construal of menition. Menition is mentation exclusive of perception.

intuition: instant comprehension without conceptualization. Insight is an intuitive experience.

inyō (Japanese: 陰陽; aka yinyang (Chinese)): complementary opposites. An inyō is a paradoxical dynamic.

irrefutable: impossible to refute or disprove; indisputable. See truth.

irony: a contrast that is unexpectable.

is (noun): the construal of an experience.

is (verb; an inflection of be): the process of experience.


jeopardy: felt risk of loss.

joy: exalted happiness. Compare bliss.


kinetic energy (physics): the energy of an active field, measured by motion. Compare potential energy.

knowledge: a grasp of concepts that may have utility; the idea that something in Nature works a certain way.

knowledgebase: the store of memory which is considered as knowledge.


learn: to gain knowledge via perception.

levity: a feeling of joy.

life: the idea of living as beings of form.

Life: the totality of living entities or applying to all life forms.

light: electromagnetic radiation which can be sensed by human eyes.

living: the process of being alive.

localize: the process of multiplying or diversifying a universal field. Compare quantize.

logic (academics): the study of reason.

logic (dynamics): the process of chaining concepts together – from premise (assumption) to conclusion (inference) – in a way that the linkages become agreeable. “Logic is invincible. To combat logic it is necessary to use logic.” ~ French mathematician Pierre Boutroux.

logical: via conceptual reasoning.

love: adoration of a concept.

lucidity: clarity in awareness and undisturbed mentation.


macrobe: non-microbial life; any organism not requiring a microscope to be seen. Contrast microbe.

macromolecule: a large molecule.

madness: a mind severely corrupted and weakened by nattermind and malign presences.

magic: a mysterious process.

manifest (verb): strictly, to be sensed or perceived; broadly, to be involved with perception.

manifestation: a perceptible experience.

mantra: a vibrational meditation device to pacify monkey-mind into silence.

mass (physics): an extensive property of matter that measures its inertia and gravitational pull. At the ambient scale, mass and weight are much the same. But this simple relation is stressed in modern physics.

mass extinction event: in a geophysical period, abrupt, widespread demise of many species living on Earth.

materialism (psychology, economics): a worldview valuing material consumption and possessions. Contrast freedom.

materiality: belief in physicality as real.

matter: a field or proximate bundle of fields that a mind construes as physical. See energy.

matterism: the monistic belief that reality is made of matter. Matterism supposes that the mind is a figment of something substantial. Contrast energyism. See dualism.

meaning: mental significance assigned to a perception, idea, or emotion. Meaning is typically related to attraction or avoidance.

mechanical: pertaining to matter.

mechanics: (a) science pertaining to mechanisms.

mechanism: a definable process or function. See parameter.

meditation: pure awareness; a practice for silencing nattermind and attaining transcendence.

menition: subconscious mentation exclusive of perception.

mental health: a level of consciousness above iğnorance.

mental illness: iğnorance.

mentalize (aka mind perception): inferring the mental state of someone else; imagining what someone else is thinking and/or feeling.

mentation: mental activity. See perception, menition.

metaphysical: incorporeal; transcendental to physicality.

method of exhaustion: a mathematical iterative method of finding the area of a shape by inscribing inside it a sequence of polygons whose area converges to the area of the containing shape. The method of exhaustion requires proof by contradiction, known as reductio ad absurdum. The contradiction involves repeatedly proving that the area of a proposed polygon is false (not equal) to the shape until falsification fails, thus leaving a true result. Proof by contradiction is freely used in mathematics, though the rigor of its logic is dubious, as proof is indirect.

methodical: done in an orderly and systematic way; marked by systematic, orderly, or unimaginative behavior.

microbe: a microorganism, too tiny to be seen without a microscope; often a single-celled prokaryote. Microbes include archaea, bacteria, and fungi. Contrast macrobe.

microbiome: the families of microbes that colonize plants and animals.

mind: the noun form of mentation. Minds don’t exist.

mind perception (aka mentalization): see mentalize.

mind-body problem: the unsolvable inquiry into the functional interface between the intangible mind and the seemingly physical body.

miracle: inexplicable except via the doctrine of energyism.

mirage: an illusion of seeing something that is not there.

model (mathematics): a numeric simulation of a system.

molecule (physical chemistry): a configuration of atoms under sway of their electrons.

monkey-mind (aka nattermind): the involuntary, independent agent in the mind that instills and maintains iğnorance. Contrast willmind. See coremind.

monism: the doctrine that there is a singular reality, either matterism or energyism. Contrast dualism. See energyism, matterism.

monopole (monopolar): having a single pole. Compare dipole.

monotheism: belief in a singular god. Compare polytheism.

mood: an emotive frame of mind.

moral universe: the belief that morality exists in Nature.

morality: principles about right and wrong regarding relations with other life.

motion: a memory of something being in a certain location at one time and then being somewhere else.

mundane: ordinary because of abundance; commonplace.

music: sound perceived as patterned via repetitive elements.

mutualism: a regular interaction between 2 organisms that provides mutual benefits.

mystical: having hidden mechanism or meaning.


naïve: marked by simple-mindedness; unsuspecting; credulous.

naïve realism (philosophy): the belief that actuality as perceived is reality; that the senses provide direct comprehension of reality, and that reality is objective, subject to subjective interpretation. Both dualism and matterism are naïve realisms.

nattermind (aka monkey-mind): the involuntary, independent agent in the mind that instills and maintains iğnorance. Contrast willmind. See coremind.

natural philosophy: the study of Nature from a holistic perspective; the common method of comprehending Nature until the 17th century, before the scientific method took over. See science.

Nature: the expression of existence as construed by minds.

need: something necessary to stay alive. Compare desire.

negativity: an emanation of sour feeling. Contrast positivity.

nescience: lack of knowledge; ignorance.

nominal: in name only; for appearance’s sake.

noumenon: outside of existence. A noumenon is beyond perception, as contrasted to phenomena.

now: the present moment; all that temporally exists.

nucleon: a subatomic particle in an atomic nucleus. Each atomic nucleus has 1 or more nucleons. Protons and neutrons are the 2 known nucleons.

nurture: take care of in a way that encourages development or growth of something with vitality.


object: something which appears to have a material (physical) form.

objectification: the mental creation of objects.

objectivity: the idea that Nature is independent of consciousness. Compare showtivity.

odorant: an odorous substance.

olfaction (aka oflactics): the act or sense of smell.

ordain: to grant as the nature of existence.

order (noun): discernible organization or arrangement.

order (verb): to command; to put in order (organize).

ordering (noun): a mode of arrangement, regulation, or management.

organism: an animated organic structure; a living life form, including single cells. Viruses are not typically referred to as organisms, as they lack the ability to reproduce.

organize: to set in order; arrange in a perceptible pattern.

oscillate: to go steadily and repeatedly back and forth. See vibration.

ouroboros (uroboros): traditionally, an ancient symbol of a dragon or serpent eating its own tail, symbolizing the eternal cycle of incarnation. In Canticle, a paradox resolving in a conceptual amalgamation.

out-of-body experience: reference frame sensation from outside the body. See astral projection.

outcome: a construed conclusion to an event.

oxidant (aka oxidizer, oxidizing agent, electron recipient, electron acceptor): a substance in a redox chemical reaction that gains an electron from a reductant (reducer, reducing agent, or electron donor). An oxidant is any substance that oxidizes another substance.

oxidation: an increase in oxidation state via loss of electrons. Contrast reduction.

oxidation state (aka oxidation number): the hypothetical degree of oxidation (loss of electrons) of an atom in a chemical compound. Conceptually, oxidation state may be zero, positive, or negative. Oxidation state is a useful predictor of electrical charge.


paracosm: an imagined world.

paradigm: a way of understanding.

paradox: a seeming conceptual contradiction which may nonetheless be reconciled by construing a complement between the concepts.

parameter: an expression which determines the form or behavior of something.

paranormal: immaterially phenomenal; beyond verification from matter-based evidence.

particle: a portion or division of a whole.

particle (quantum physics): the idea that the quanta that comprise the building blocks of Nature are itty bits. See quantum, field.

particulate: existing in the form of distinct particles.

passage: a statement in a written (or musical) work.

pattern: (perception of) a distinctive design.

perceptibility: capable of being perceived.

perceptible: within potential perception.

perception: the process of making sense of sensation, including determining significance and meaning.

perceptivity: psychological strength; (degree of) keenness in perception.

perceptual: related to sensory perception.

perspective (psychology): a mental reference frame.

perspicuity: the quality of being clear to understanding; mental clarity.

pervasive: widespread; present everywhere.

phantom: an illusory appearance or figure.

phenomenon (plural: phenomena): subject to experience; perceptible. See actuality. Contrast noumenon.

philosophy: a set of consistent definitions for a system. The term philosophy derives from ancient Greek for “love of wisdom.”

photon: a quantum of light; the theoretical cöforce of electromagnetism.

physical: sensation of objects and perception of matter.

physical system: a construed collection of objects. A being (life form) is a physical system by being an amalgamation of cells or other components.

physics: the study of matter and its movements. See classical physics, modern physics.

pity: compassion.

Planck constant (aka Planck’s constant, Plank’s action quantum): a physical constant reflecting the size of energy quanta in quantum field theory. Planck’s constant states the proportionality between the momentum and quantum wavelength of every subatomic particle. The relation between the energy and frequency of quanta is the Planck relation.

Planck length: the minimal theoretical limit to spatial distance, derived from Newton’s gravitational constant, the speed of light in a vacuum (c), and Planck’s constant. Planck length is 1.616199 x 10–35 meters.

Planck mass: the theoretical amount of mass in a sphere with a radius of Planck length, with a density of 1093 g/cm3.

Planck time: the theoretical limit of temporal measurement; the time required for light in a vacuum to travel a single Planck length: 5.391 x 10–44 seconds.

Planck unit: a system of natural units used in physics, particularly Planck length and Planck time.

plasmon: a quantum of vibration (oscillation).

pleasure: a feeling of happiness or satisfaction.

plutocracy: conservative political rule by the wealthy. To preserve the privileges of the rich, conservative rule aims to maintain the status quo.

polar (philosophy): oppositional.

polarity: the idea of opposites, which may be expressed in a spectrum or by tension between poles. Electromagnetism functions via polarity in both senses of the word.

political economy: an economic system supported by the authorities (political regime). Plutocratic capitalism is the dominant political economy throughout the world.

polymath: someone of encyclopedic learning.

polytheism: belief in multiple gods. Compare monotheism.

positivity: an emanation of good feeling. Contrast negativity.

potent: producing a strong effect; influential.

potential energy (physics): the inherent or potential power in a field. Compare kinetic energy.

power (physics): relative ability to affect or effect.

power (psychology): the efficacy of willmind expression. Compare strength. See power (sociology).

power (sociology): influence on others. Contrast force.

predictable: foreknowable; expectable; capable of being known in advance.

pregnant (philosophy, not biology): full or fraught.

presence (biology): an incorporeal being, typically referring to a mental interloper, though a presence is not necessarily a mind inhabitant. A presence is sometimes called a spirit, which is a more generic term.

primal: original; fundamental.

principle: a conceptualized claim of fundamental truth.

process: a sequence of motions conceived as related. See event.

product (philosophy): an outcome. Compare artifact.

prokaryote: an organism that lacks a cell nucleus or other membrane-bound organelles, though prokaryotes are structurally compartmentalized. While prokaryotes are strictly single-celled, most form stable, aggregate communities, such as a biofilm. Compare eukaryote.

proper: appropriate.

property (physics): a characteristic, attribute.

protein: a living macromolecule from which cells are made and the workforce which keeps cells alive; alternately used to describe foodstuffs heavy in molecular protein.

proximal: near, close. Compare distal.

psychic: relating to psychological paranormal.

psychology: the study of the mind.

psychospace: the mental world of space and time.

purpose: a motive or intention; resolve; a reason for existence.


quality: distinguishing characteristic or feature.

quantize: (seemingly) fragment into distinct bits (typically particulates) from a unitary field via field localization. Compare localize.

quantum (plural: quanta): a localized energy field that appears particulate via quantization.

quantum field theory: theory about how existence is fabricated from the quantum scale up via fields.

quantum mechanics: a mechanistic view of Nature coming into existence via quanta assemblage. See physics, quantum, quantum field theory.

quietude: inner silence. See enlightenment.


radiation: (electromagnetic) field travel.

rage: intense anger; fury.

random: unpredictable; stochastic; purposeless.

react: respond (to an influence or stimulus). Contrast act.

real: true. See reality.

reality: that which necessarily is, regardless (and outside) of existence.

realization (aka self-realization, unity consciousness): the highest level of consciousness, where an individual being communes with Cönsciousness.

realm: domain, region.

reasoning: making sense of experience or concepts by applying logic.

recognize: attribute to a certain category by memory recall and selective pruning of outlying characteristics.

redox (reduction–oxidation): a chemical reaction in which the oxidation state of a substance changes via electron transfer. Reduction is an electron gain whereas oxidation is an electron loss.

reductant (aka reducer, reducing agent, electron donor): a substance in a redox chemical reaction that loses an electron to an oxidant.

reduction (chemistry): a decrease in oxidation state via a gain of electrons.

reference frame: mental perspective.

refraction (physics): changing the direction or angle of travel of a radiating field.

refractive index: a geometric indication of the angle an electromagnetic radiative field bends when refracting between media. A medium is a substance that a field is traveling through.

reify: to regard an abstraction as existing.

reincarnation: the incarnation of a soul in someone who remembers a previous incarnation. See transmigration.

relative: having meaning only by contrast. Contrast absolute.

religion: a shared paradigmatic belief system about the nature of reality. Religions are frequently faith-based, typically dogmatic, and usually involve supernatural agents (gods). Compare natural philosophy. Contrast science.

resolve: firm intention.

retina: the light-sensitive layer of tissue lining the inner surface of the eye.

rich: having attained full potential of dobe, positivity, or productivity.

risk: imagined loss potential.

riveting: having the power to compel attention; fascinating.

rulebase: a set of rules applicable to a system.


sage: a person in realization, the highest level of consciousness. Compare guru.

saltation (biology): a seemingly abrupt evolutionary change from one generation of organism to the next.

sans: without.

satisfaction: gratification; enjoyment of an outcome.

science: knowledge; also used for the study of Nature. As evidence is material, the term science is commonly used under the assumption of dualism or matterism: a naïve religious belief which betrays the spirit of science. Compare natural philosophy.

self: construal of the identity of spirit. In iğnorance, self is identified as an aware mind-body amid an external world (typically conceived as the naïve realism of dualism). At higher levels of consciousness, self is identified as a consciousness witnessing a showtivity. See spirit, showtivity.

self-esteem: pride in oneself.

selfrealization: See realization.

selfsame: identical.

sensation: uptake from the senses. See perception.

senses: bodily organs, tissues, or cells which detect physical existence or motion.

sensible: capable of being sensed.

shell (physics, chemistry): an electron orbital layer.

showtivity: subjective witnessing of Nature (the “show”) which may be similarly witnessed by others; the principle that the seeming objectivity of Nature is actually a shared subjectivity. Compare objectivity.

simultaneous: at the same time.

skepticism: questioning of a conceptual construct; disbelief.

skill: the ability to overcome a challenge.

socialism: an economy aimed at equity. To avert externalities, socialist theorists typically favor a command economy. Contrast capitalism.

society: a group of people who live in the same geographical region and are linked by authority and customs. See tribe.

soul: an immortal spirit which incarnates as a consciousness.

space: the set of dimensionality which yields the appearance of Nature. See time.

spacetime: the idea that space and time are dimensions of existence.

species (science): a grouping via induction.

spectrum: a relative range of quality or conceptualization about some system.

spirit (parapsychology): the essence of consciousness imbued with a life force; an incarnate soul. Not all spirits take bodily form. See presence.

spirit (psychology): vitality in living which is reflective of willmind. Compare ikigai.

spiritbiome: the paranormal spirits that colonize a mind.

spiritualism: a synonym for animism.

spirituality: (related to) consciousness level, especially leveling up awareness; freeing oneself from the clutches of monkey-mind.

squaring the circle: a metaphor for trying to do the impossible. The idiom refers to a geometry problem that originated in ancient Greece: defining a square with the area of a circle.

stage: a level, step, or period in a process, activity, or development.

standing wave (aka stationary wave): a coalition of intersecting fields that sustains itself as an emergent field.

stratagem: a plan to trick or deceive; a deceitful trick; a ruse.

strength (psychology): perceptivity; the operational state of consciousness level; relative clarity. Compare power (psychology).

stress: mental suffering.

strive: to work hard; to struggle.

strong force: the cöforce that binds together the nucleons of an atom’s nucleus.

stupidity: inapt behavior from dim awareness. “Stupid is as stupid does,” was an idiom taught by American mothers to their children in the early 19th century as a retort to bullying.

subconscious: beneath conscious awareness. Compare conscious.

subjective: the perspective of an individual mind.

subsistence: in existence.

substance: matter; something tangible.

suffer: to experience pain or distress.

superconductivity: zero electrical resistance, resulting from electrons overcoming their mutual repulsion and pairing up, creating a coherent, frictionless flow.

survey (noun): comprehensive overlook, including extent and quality.

suspended animation: an inert life form that retains vitality.

suss (chiefly British): figure out; (seek to) comprehend.

sway: influence.

symbiont: an organism that lives symbiotically with a host.

symbiosis: 2 dissimilar organisms in continual interaction, often in a mutually beneficial association (mutualism).

symbol: an abstraction that signifies something; a datum which may acquire meaning; a conceptual element.

system: a conceptual construct of an amalgamation.

systematic: nonrandom behavior following certain principles.


takeaway: a key point(s) or conclusion from a collage of information.

tangible: capable of being perceived by touch.

task: work that has a set goal.

temporal: relating to time.

tenet: a doctrine considered true.

tension: electromagnetic potential.

theme: a topic or subject.

theory: an explanation based upon evidence. Compare hypothesis, truth.

theory of mind: the recognition that everyone has their own unique mind. See mind perception.

thermodynamics: the physics of heat related to energy.

thought: conscious attention to symbols and concepts.

thrall: bondage or slavery.

time: the idea of change. The existence of time is purely in the mind, as memory (the past) and imagination (the future). See space.

topology: the study of conceptual regions and fields.

trait (biology): a purposeful, often functional, attribute.

transceive: share (receive and transmit) data; communicate.

transcendence (philosophy): direct apperception beyond the confines of concepts.

transcendence (biology): the state of consciousness where the mind is quiet while the body is receptive to sensory experience.

transcendental: surpassing the limits of actuality.

transform: to change the nature, character, function, or condition of.

transmigration: passage of consciousness in a soul from one incarnation to the next. Compare reincarnation.

transpire: (to) occur; happen.

tribe: a social group with a shared culture.

true: real, genuine, authentic. See truth.

trust: confidence in the reliability of something or someone.

truth: a construal that cannot be contradicted by evidence or inference from evidence. Compare theory.


underlie: to be the foundation or basis of.

understanding: conceptualization that satisfies curiosity.

unicity: oneness. Contrast diversity.

unitary: of a unity.

utility: of some use.


valid: applicable, well grounded, reliable.

value (psychology): worthy of esteem, often by recognition of having productive use.

vanquish: subdue; subjugate; overcome; subordinate.

veracity: conformity with truth.

vibrate: to quickly oscillate. Vibration is the coherent interactivity of every field.

virus: a molecular parasite.

vital: necessary to staying alive; more generally, essential.

vitalism: the principle that life has a distinct vital energy. Compare animism.

vitiate: (to) mar, taint, invalidate.

volition: an act of will.

votive: done with dedication.


wave: (a) radiating field; the idea of a coherent, energetic, localized traveling field. Physicists may use wave rather than field to emphasize vector, magnitude, and frequency rather than range of influence. See field.

wile (noun): a trick/artifice/stratagem of deceit.

will: (strength of) intention.

willmind: volitional mentation. Contrast nattermind. See coremind.

wisdom: apperception of truth.

witness: intentionally experience.

work (physics): energy in transit; the outcome of an energetic force applied to matter.

work (psychology): effort toward an outcome.

world (the): Nature perceived.


yield (verb): to give forth or produce.