- Throughout my intellectual errands, within several
decades, I have come on different definitions of the terms alphabetically
listed below and accordingly so used them in the essays published on
this site; obviously this has brought about some incongruities. Presently
rather than the uneasy task, under the diktat of what advanced age brings
with itself, of revising all my writings, I have had to revise many
of these definitions and make up a personal unequivocal glossary, so
as it appears below; correspondingly, when any of these terms appears
in some essay of mine, the meaning is assumed to reflect that quoted
in the following list. Between brackets [in smaller characters]
the meaning of the corresponding term as it appears in an old dictionary
of psychology (A Dictionary of psychology by James Drewer. Penguin Books
– Revised edition, 1964.). Highlighted definitions are from WordWeb,
a very good online/offline dictionary. http://wordweb.info/WW6.
- Awareness: the cognizance
of a tangible or supra-physical event in or during the circumstance
when it happens. Notably, remembrance (memories) is one of its aspects.
of an object or idea; sometimes equivalent to consciousness.] State
of elementary or undifferentiated consciousness.
- Consciousness: the
inborn perceptive faculty affecting our sensory system as related
to the practical and discriminative knowledge of events, as well as
abstract matters. It both relays and gets feedback from the encephalic
system as a whole, as such being a pedestal sustaining our status
in both the mental, i.e. psychical, and the physical environment.
belonging to certain processes or events in the living organism, which
must be regarded as unique, and therefore indefinable in terms of
anything else, but which can perhaps be best described as a view of
these processes or events, as it were, from the inside – the individual
is, as it were, inside what is happening: the adjective conscious
is ordinarily employed as a synonym for ‘aware’, but this is popular
rather than scientific usage.] An
alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your
- Intellect: The capacity
for rational thought, inference or discrimination. The seat of the
faculty of reason. [Mind
in its cognitive aspect, and particularly with reference to the higher
thought processes.] The capacity for rational
thought, inference or discrimination.
- Life (capital ‘L’):
the manifestation of life in all its aspects, both as a tangible physical
reality and as a transcendental entity manifest not just in space-time
but in other dimensions negated to our limited sense perceptions.
The manifest reality of Mind. (q.v.)
- Mind(capital 'M'):
a resource of the unknowable cosmic entity, the inexplicable 'beyond'.
Through it the cosmos is manifest and, to a limited extent, experienced
by sentient beings as discernible with the faculties with which they
are endowed both in its physical and supra-physical states, or dimensions.
totality of psychical structures and processes, conscious, unconscious,
and endopsychic; philosophically, rather than psychologically, the
entity or substratum underlying these structures and processes.] That
which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of
the faculty of reason.
- Human mind: metaphorically,
something like an ocean covering an infinite expanse wherewith
an individual's bucket gets its allotted share. Differently stated:
a limited capacity to explore or understand that which appears to
our mental faculties but which is not an individual's endowment
but a trait of the species related to the structural psycho-physical
organism within his environment and culture. A human's resource, seemingly
within strict boundaries, hence with undefinable but real limits dictated
by existential contingencies.
- Psyche: the progressive
outcome, as a constant buildup, of our life experience as a whole:
its aspects are consciousness, conscious awareness and sub-consciousness;
it is the interface between the human mind and the brain, (a quantum
mechanics physicist would say between the 'wave' and the 'particle'
and would equate it with consciousness) it is the translator of the
picture which will relay the composes, presumptively to the actuator,
the brain, which translates it into action, overtly or covertly to
man that, as a whole psychophysical entity, is the actor in the comedy
the principle of life, but used generally as equivalent to mentality,
or a substitute for mind or soul.]
That which is responsible for one's
thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason - The immaterial
part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life.
- Reality: the perception
of the physical environment as it appears to our senses or any other
perceptual cognizance which can be proved. [The
totality of existing material objects; more abstractly: the sum total
of the conditions imposed by the external world on the activity of
the individual, to which motor adaptation, on the part of the individual,
is demanded.] All
of your experiences that determine how things appear to you - The
state of the world as it really is rather than as you might want it
- Supra-physical: it
can be somewhat equated to ‘spiritual’ and to transcendence where
‘transcendence’ implies perception beyond the limits of material experience.
Also, extrasensory perception.