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Worldview is a complex translation from the German idea that expresses a dialectically compound concept that helps to understand perception, beliefs derived from experiences, and persistent ideas.

A conjunctive word made up of two simpler components.

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Analyzing worldviews literally, or explicitly:
 two words:  world  view
 one meaning
 our experience  personal perspectives
 related meaning
 the actual universe  social prejudices

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detailed look at seven levels of world views

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implicit meaning

Figuratively, any worldview --is a combined personal feeling or sensitivity for and a social understanding of reality-- as such a view of the world is always based on a pattern language, or paradigm that provides a context and a meaning for a society's, or a person's worldview.

This figurative meaning is often implicit, hidden in the context in which a concept is presented.

For example the way people perceive space, in the industrial western world or Japan, is based on a pattern language of two and three dimensions.

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  1. Proceeding from perception to images is ONE DIMENSION -is- X
  2. Emotional underpinnings of beliefs expressed by images is A SECOND DIMENSION -is- Y
  3. From revealing & reinforcing symbolism to an abstract attachment is A THIRD DIMENSION -is- Z

This pattern language involves three lessons on how to interpret the world and our ideas about that reality we call the world, because we are biased, prejudiced and prone to errors.

Octavio Paz about how we interpret the world.

Lesson One | lesson Two | lesson Three

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Lesson One : from perception to images requires a way of seeing the world and a form of visual thinking!

  • A Triptych
    earth
    of three competing views of the world.
    Image
    god
    Shiva
    blackhole
    Captions
    "Fiat lux"
    Shiva's dance
    black hole !

    Meaning

    Christianity
    Hindu creation & destruction
    Contemporary astronomy

    Meaning "Fiat Lux" Shiva's dance Black hole!
    example
    let there be light
    rebirth & renewal
    infinite mass
    underpinning
    time as an arrow
    circularity of time
    one direction
    Sect
    Christianity
    Hinduism
    Quantum relativity
    residual faith
    eternal life
    reincarnation
    nihilist
  • lesson two | lesson three

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    Lesson Two: Worldviews are complex emotional underpinnings of rational beliefs about the world, its inhabitants and the way the world works.

    Security, emotional reassurance is what people find appealing about their particular worldviews.

    Different rational elements blend to reinforce bias or even prejudice in what people believe.

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    Artist Winslow Homer's "Blue Boat" representing two intrepid people exploring the world of the Adirondack Mountains.

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    Juno Diaz | Annie Dillard | John Dewey | Murray Gell Mann | Ian Tattersall | Terry Tempest Williams | Donald Worster

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    Lesson One | Lesson Three

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    Lesson Three: interpreting these pictures that behave as informative symbols.

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    Consider the murals of Diego Rivera as a new way of seeing the world.

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    Artists Diego Rivera and Freda Kahlo, in a May Day parade, 1929.

    A pattern language in two and three dimensions.

    1. Proceeding from perception to images is ONE DIMENSION
    2. Emotional underpinnings of beliefs expressed by images is A SECOND DIMENSION
    3. From revealing & reinforcing symbolism to an abstract attachment is A THIRD DIMENSION

    weltanschauung

    detailed look at seven levels of world views

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    Writers who address the perspectives from which we view and how we think about the world:

    Lynn Margulis | Ernst Mayr | T. E. Hulme | Octavio Paz | Michio Kaku | E. O. Wilson

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    Lessons One | Two | Three


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    Last Updated on 8-25-08, 7-2-2011, 9-04-2014 .


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