drapetomania: A “mental disease” “discovered” in 1851 by Samuel Cartwright, that caused slaves to try to escape slavery.

ethics ethnograms:

critical multiplism: (Hard to get a good definition of this one, but) The use of multiple operationalizations and measurement instruments in investigating a theoretical construct.

extant: Existing. This is one of those words that should not be used. Like “utilize.”

hegemony: Domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by one political group over a society or by one nation over others (e.g.: internationally among nation-states, and regionally over social classes, between languages or even culture).



redundancy: (as synonymous with-‘pattern’)

constraint: (as synonymous with-‘pattern’)


metaphysical realism:

step-function: A recalibration of homeostasis in systems. (Different from the mathematical concept.)

declension: A modification of a word that usually indicates number, case, gender, or possession.

anamnestic: Aiding the memory.

equifinality: The principle that in open systems a given end state can be reached by many potential means.

intensive (as opposed to extensive): Not depending on the size of the system or the amount of material in the system.

perdure: To continue to exist.

nosology: A classification or list of diseases.

monad: A term used by ancient philosophers Pythagoras, Parmenides, Xenophanes, Plato, Aristotle, and Plotinus as a term for God or the first being, or the totality of all being. The most primal aspect of God in Gnosticism.

syntax: The study of the principles and rules for constructing sentences in natural languages.

semantics: The study of meaning in language.

pragmatics: The study of how context affects communication.

semiotics: The study of sign processes, or signification and communication. Divided into syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.

teleology: The philosophical study of design and purpose. A teleological school of thought is one that holds all things to be designed for or directed toward a final result, that there is an inherent purpose or final cause for all that exists.

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