Norms of Valence, Arousal, and Dominance

measuring them for their effectiveness to induce the reader in three ways, by the level of Valence experienced, the level of Arousal induced, and the level of Dominance experienced.

We hear it all the time, words have power. It’s said in the same tone of voice used to express warm fuzzes like ‘Follow your Dreams’ and ‘Don’t give up before the miracle happens.’ And there’s always a lot of overly white teeth involved.

The study resulted in the compiling of over 13k words, measuring them for their effectiveness to induce the reader in three ways, by the level of Valence experienced, the level of Arousal induced, and the level of Dominance felt. Continue reading “Norms of Valence, Arousal, and Dominance”

The Rule of Metaphor

Philosophical discourse is itself just one discourse among others, and its claim to truth excludes it from the sphere of power.

Philosophy was never in a position either to destroy rhetoric or to absorb it. Philosophy did not create the arenas – tribunal, political assembly, public contest – in which oratory holds sway, nor can philosophy undertake to suppress them. Philosophical discourse is itself just one discourse among others, and its claim to truth excludes it from the sphere of power. Thus, if it uses just the means that are properly its own, philosophy cannot break the ties between discourse and power.

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Eloquence

If you wish to improve your conversation skills, to wield greater wit, and eloquence, then put down the word of the day calendar, lose the books of trivia and custom and master the art of being silent at the perfect moment.

If you wish to improve your conversation skills, to wield greater wit, and eloquence, then put down the word of the day calendar, lose the books of trivia and custom and master the art of being silent at the perfect moment. Because what electrifies us is the energy cascading between minds when observations are built on, not overturned. Wit and eloquence do not engage in monologues, but rather precise insights illuminating others.

Verbing Grammark

a project on GitHub, which is where Open Source programmers like to hang out and work on projects, occasionally getting together and helping each other. The project is called Grammark, a online grammar checker.

I came across a project on GitHub, which is where Open Source programmers like to hang out and work on projects, occasionally getting together and helping each other. Continue reading “Verbing Grammark”