A Lexicon of Neologisms.  Mikhail Epstein (Emory University)



                Mind. Knowledge



cerebrity  n (Lat cerebrum, brain;  cf. celebrity)    a famous, well-publicized  intellectual; a brainy, cerebral person who is emotionally dry or egocentric.


I try to avoid meetings with such cerebrities.  Everything they have to say is already in their books.


I used to imagine Hegel as a cerebrity who had little to do with human passions, and I was surprised to learn that he fathered an illegitimate son.


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gnawledge n (word-portmanteau: gnaw +  suffix -ledge; cf. knowledge)  - mechanical knowledge that is obtained by "gnawing" facts rather than by conceptually and creatively interpreting them.


Gnawledge and knowledge are homophones (differ only in spelling).


When Bacon said "knowledge is power," he meant knowledge, not gnawledge.


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ignorement  n (ignore + suffix ment; cf. treatment, excitement) -  a noun that signifies ignoring something or somebody, corresponding to the verb ignore, but different from ignorance (which is derived from ignore, but has a different meaning, "lack of knowledge").


I hoped to receive forgiveness but instead was met with suspicion and ignorement. 


Your son's continuous ignorement of his civil duties needs to be noticed and reprimanded.


The government shows the same ignorement towards human lives as towards human rights.


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inventure n (invention+adventure) – an adventure of mind, creative and engaging intellectual action.


inventurer n – an adventurer in the field of ideas and inventions.


This book is about the invention of radio, but it reads like a thriller, with one inventure piled upon another.  


By cutting reason down to size and establishing its “proper” limits, Kant encouraged  subsequent inventures, a never-ending quest to reach beyond the limits of rational thought.


Inventurers know how much there is that they don’t know; like Socrates and Kant, they start their journey with  a confessed “ignorance.”


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noocracy n (Gr noos, mind, and Gr -kratia, power or rule) –  a system of world government based of the integrated mind of civilization and its transpersonal decisions; syntellect as a ruling principle of the future society.


As thinking matter increases its mass in nature, and the geo- and biospheres evolve into noosphere, the future of humanity can be envisioned as noocracy--that is, the power of the collective brain,  rather than separate individuals, representing certain social groups or society as whole.


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Paleonoic era adj  (Gr palaios, ancient + Gr noos, mind; cf. Paleozoic era, from Gr zoe,  life) the current epoch of ancient mind, of the first intelligent machines; the era that in the history of consciousness  occupies a similar place to that of the Paleozoic era in the history of life.


Looking at ourselves from the perspective of a distant future, we appear to be people of the Paleonoic era, when the first non-biological forms of mind were just emerging, when the forces of thinking  were first released from the prison of the cranium with the creation of computers and other self-organising forms of  artificial intelligence.



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syntellect n (Gr  syn, with, together + intellect) – the unified mind of civilization that integrates all individual minds, both natural and artificial, through the cumulative effects of informational networks.


Intellectual network--inteLnet--will connect all thinking beings into one communicational network that gradually will develop into a new form of consciousness--syntellect.  The syntellect will absorb and condense the potentials of all thinking beings and will operate on both biological and quantum levels.



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