Monday, September 17, 2012

Quantum Psychology, Chapter 13

[Most of the exercizes for this chapter seem to require sitting in a room with other people, but here is the first one, which I think will work for us.

Also, for this week's duality, please divide this objects into "American" and "un-American." The U.S.  Congress used to devise the very same duality for American citizens. The list of objects is here. -- The Mgt.]

1. Have the group experiment with rewriting the following Standard English sentences into English Prime. Observe carefully what disagreements or irritability may arise.

A. "The fetus is a person."
B. "The zygote is a person."
C. "Every sperm is a person/Every sperm is great/If a sperm is wasted/God gets irate." (Monty Python).
D. "Pornography is murder." (Andrea Dworkin.)
E. "John is homosexual."
F. "The table is four feet long."
G. "The human brain is a computer."
H. "When I took LSD, the whole universe was transformed."
I.  "Beethoven was paranoid, Mozart was manic-depressive and Wagner was megalomaniac."
J. "Today is Tuesday."
K. "Lady Chatterley's Lover is a sexist novel."
L. "Mice, voles and rabbits are all rodents."
M. "The patient is resisting therapy."
N. "Sin and redemption are theological fictions. The sense of sin and the sense of redemption are actual human experiences." (Paraphrased from Ludwig Wittgenstein.)


6 comments:

Eric Wagner said...

A. "One may model the fetus as a person."
B. "One may model the zygote as a person."
C. "Every sperm seems a person/Every sperm seems great/If a sperm gets wasted/God gets quite irate." (Monty Python).
D. "Pornography seems like murder." (Andrea Dworkin.)
E. "John engaged in a homosexual act."
F. "The table measures four feet long."
G. "The human brain acts like a computer."
H. "When I took LSD, the whole universe seemed transformed."
I. "Beethoven seemed paranoid, Mozart seemed manic-depressive and Wagner acted in a megalomaniac fashion."
J. "Today we call Tuesday."
K. "Lady Chatterley's Lover seemes like a sexist novel."
L. "Mice, voles and rabbits seem like rodents."
M. "The patient resists therapy."
N. "Sin and redemption seem like theological fictions. The sense of sin and the sense of redemption seem like actual human experiences." (Paraphrased from Ludwig Wittgenstein.)

Thom Foolery said...

A. "I believe that the fetus is a person."

B. "To me, the zygote seems to be a person."

C. "According to Monty Python, apparently in jest, every sperm is a person, every sperm is great,and if a sperm is wasted, God gets quite irate."

D. "Andrew Dworkin asserted that pornography is murder."

E. "John seems to be homosexual, because I think I saw him french-kiss another man."

F. "In this inertial frame of reference, using a particular measuring device, the table measures four feet long."

G. "The human brain can be understood as a computer."

H. "When I took LSD, my experience of the whole universe was transformed."

I. "According to some sources, various composers engaged at times in behaviors that suggested forms of mental illness--Beethoven seemed paranoid, Mozart appeared manic-depressive and Wagner struck some observers as a megalomaniac."

J. "At the time of this keyboarding, in this particular time zone, and using an English calendrical system, today is Tuesday."

K. "Sombunall readers see Lady Chatterley's Lover as a sexist novel."

L. "According to some systems of biological taxonomy, mice, voles and rabbits are all considered rodents."

M. "In my estimation, the patient seems to be resisting therapy."

N. "To the phenomenologically minded, sin and redemption are considered theological fictions, while the sense of sin and the sense of redemption are regarded as actual human experiences."

Eric Wagner said...

Thom, I think you have improved the sentences, but you've used some forms of the verb "to be" such as "is" and "be". E-Prime doesn't include these words.

Thom Foolery said...

Doh! You are (or seem) correct, Eric! Obviously I need to learn to read the assignments more carefully. (Neither a disagreement nor irritability arose that time, although my knee-jerk tendency is to resent being "corrected.") This exercise gives "to be or not to be" a whole new slant...

Eric Wagner said...

I loved the book "To Be or Not" on E-Prime.

I used to have an E-Prime Club at my high school. We would watch a silly movie like "Airplane" or "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and then we would discuss it afterwards in E-Prime.

I find it interesting working through Quantum Psychology again how deeply Bob valued E-Prime when he wrote this book.

phodecidus said...

A. "The fetus seems like a person to me."
B. "The zygote seems like a person to me."
C. "Every sperm seems like a person to me, every sperm seems great too, if a sperm gets wasted, God might get angry with you."
D. "Pornography seems like murder to me."
E. "Based on my own cultural biases, I think John looks or talks like a homosexual. Or, "I've heard that John has engaged in homosexual acts."
F. "My measuring device rcords the table as four feet in length."
G. "The human brain operates like a computer in some ways."
H. "When I took LSD, my perceptions changed."
I. "Beethoven seems paranoid to me, I've heard that Mozart seemed manic-depressive to other and read somewhere that Wagner had megalomaniac tendencies."
J. "It looks like Tuesday to me."
K. "Lady Chatterly's lover seems like a sexist novel to me."
L. "In biological taxonomy, mice, voles and rabbits all fall under the rodent category."
M. "The patient resists therapy."
N. "To Ludqig Wittgenstein, sin and redemption seemed like theological functions. He said sombunall of us 'really' experience the sense of sin and the sense of redemption in an ultimately human way."