In the course of collecting the various new expressions that appear in my
writings, I came to realize that neologisms are indeed new or novel
constructions, but they are the norm, rather than the exception. Every speaker
and writer, even every thinker, produces neologisms as a normal by product of
speaking, writing, and thinking.
I offer this electronic book with two purposes in mind. First, as an
autobiographical case history of
neologistic productions in the science area of psychology, tracing the appearance of
scientific neologisms over a period of half a century of my publications. The three main periods and topic areas are specified in
The Master Neochart
(this document). Second, I hope this will encourage others to keep track and
collect the continuous production of their neologisms. I think that the practice
of collecting neologisms may become an important and useful area of study of the
human mind (see the Chart entry on Community Cataloguing Practices). The future
databases of neologisms may contain not merely a listing of them, but their
definition and explication, the biographical conditions of their creation, such
as date, topical context within which each appears, tracings of its diffusion
through their adoptions by others, collateral and independent constructions of
homonymous neologisms, and so on.
I believe that everyone can benefit from the practice of
collecting their own neologistic productions over time. It is a form of
record keeping. It is also a form of cultural history, a charting of
community cataloguing practices by which human beings keep track of their
perceptions, insights, experiences, thus life itself.
Neologistic records, graphs, and charts of a group or
community, make visible the topic focus of its people. It is their very
consciousness -- their preoccupations, their interests, their values, their
desires. Neolgistic records create a spiritual geography of our vertical
community depicting thought and meaning, idea and truth. No doubt a “Human
Atlas of Neologisms” may eventually be derived from world-wide neologistic
databases, that can show the mental unity of the human race, and possibly, the
directionality of its spiritual destiny.
I encourage you to begin keeping track today!
early 1950's I was an undergraduate majoring in psychology at McGill University in
Montreal, Canada. It was my second year of living in an English speaking
community and my freshman year was a real challenge. English was my 11th
language -- for the record, in order: Yiddish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Rumanian,
Flemish, French, Latin, Greek, German, Spanish, English. Since my specialty in
psychology was in the area of psycholinguistics, people sometimes asked me if I
became a psycholinguist because of so many languages I know. I was always afraid
that people might find out that I really only knew one language, English, which
I started learning in high school as a foreign language before I enrolled in
college in an English university. I stopped using all the other languages, which
I only knew as a child. Besides a little French that's left over, an adult I
have been pretty much unilingual.
1958 as a junior in college, I was hired as a research assistant by Dr. Wallace E.
Lambert. This started my official career as a scientist, researcher, and
author of articles and books in psychology. In my undergraduate honors thesis I
proposed a new explanation for how practice in one modality can have effects on
another modality. I demonstrated that hearing a new word spoken on a tape
several times will lower the visual recognition threshold for that word. Using
the new (1949) neurophysiological theory of Donald Hebb
(whose seminar we were required to take as graduate students), I argued that
repeated auditory input of a word would create neural pathways high up in the
central system hierarchy, so that there would be overlapping priming effects
across modality of input. I made a diagram to show the relation and called it
cross-modality transfer effects. That was my first neologism, which the
dictionary defines as the creation of a new word or expression.
I google the expression “cross-modality transfer” I find out that there are 55
sites or documents that use this expression, and one of them is a page showing
the abstract of a journal article titled “Cross-modality transfer between
pictures and their names” (1980). There appear to be no connection between my
neologism and the use of this expression by others after that. Since I have
constructed many neologisms in my half-century career as scientist and author, I
am delighted to check up on them from time to time, to see what happened to
them, and how they have diffused into the minds and writings of others.
most successful neologism is the expression “semantic satiation” which I
my Ph.D. Dissertation in 1960. While I was working on my doctoral
dissertation I co-authored
several research articles with Dr. W. E.
Lambert, whose grant funded my undergraduate and graduate assistantships. In my
dissertation I defined semantic satiation as the
reduction in intensity of meaning of a word when it is repeated, heard, or
inspected. I related it to the reduced neural firing caused by massed
repetitions of an invariant stimulus input. I developed the generality and
theoretical significance of the concept in my Master’s Thesis (1960), and then
in my Doctoral Dissertation (1962 at McGill University). Subsequently I
co-authored several more articles with W. E. Lambert, and several on my own.
There is a sense of delight I am experiencing, and awe, when I google “semantic
satiation” today (in 2008) and find over 2,000 results listed.
Interestingly, a related neologism I coined in the same dissertation was
"cross-satiation", which was short for "cross-linguistic satiation effect." I
demonstrated that when a bilingual person repeats a word in one language, the
intensity of the meaning of the translated word in the second language, shows
the satiation effect as well. This cross linguistic transfer effect of neural
fatigue has apparently not been investigated by anyone since (however this
conclusion is based on a Google search only).
have not made a systematic study of this, but my limited sampling results tell
me that only about 15 percent of the entries trace the concept back to me. At
first I was a bit shocked and indignant, but then had to laugh at myself for
such an unworthy sentiment. All ideas that come to us enter our conscious
awareness, poof, they are there, and
they were not there just an instant ago. Where did they come from, these new
ideas, new meanings, new understandings and insights? Certainly I cannot claim
that they are from me, but only through me. Our cognitive organ is not only a
thinking instrument but also a reception instrument, receiving ideas from the
world of ideas, which many have called the spiritual world, and more recently,
I have called the “mental world of eternity.” This neologism is so new that
google gives only my writings for this expression.
point is that I feel ridiculous, and quite a bit pompous, to want to take
credit for all my neologisms so that others to perpetuity will have to
acknowledge that it was coined by one Leon James (Jakobovits). Reflection shows
that I and all others use neologisms that we do not attribute to the
originator, and some that we have included in our vocabulary so that it is ours
– why should we have to trace it back? At any rate, it would make an
interesting piece of research, I think, to study the laws of neologisms to see
how the backwards attribution process in academic referencing works. Now, since
google, everything has speeded up. Information across the world travels faster
than the few seconds it takes us to view the screen contents in front of us.
hope that this neochart might be of service to those who are going to research
this issue in the future. At the same time it provides me with the opportunity
to present a partial index of what I consider my most useful ideas in
psychology, or rather, the scientific ideas that I was privileged to receive.
What made me so privileged? Today I know the answer: it was my love for these
particular ideas that made my mind to serve as a suitable receptor for them. I
believe that others can examine these ideas with interest, and if they love
them, they can make them part of their own thinking, and thus make them their
own. Giving neologisms to each other is the mutual enrichment of community
I was a college student one of the early concepts I learned from Introductory
Psychology (taught by the illustrious Donald Hebb)
was the German word Zeitgeist
(literally: the spirit of the times), which is the idea that people of a
generation independently come up with the same ideas, inventions, and
innovations since it is “the spirit” of the age, and it is this spirit for
which the cognitive organs of various people act as receptors, given the individual’s
special love for them. And, pop, in comes the new idea, insight, perception, or
coined the expression "applied psycholinguistics" in 1978. Today Goggle gives
over 8,000 sites that use this term. I would hypothesize that very few of these
are traceable back to me, most of the 8,000 occurrences representing several
independent strands. I would consider this a normal process of the independent
constructions of neologisms by a number of scientists whose thinking was
influenced by the focus of the times. The 1970s saw the rapid expansion of the
new hybrid field of psycholinguistics and thousands of researchers and writers
were active in this area.
The Master Neochart
contains hundreds of entries with a zero occurrence, which means that these neologisms and new
phrases do not appear in any of the hundreds of billions of pages that Google indexes.
An example is "Clicking as a spiritual act"
(which I coined in 1997) and does not occur among the
billions of documents and trillions of sentences people have posted on the Web. This surprises
me given the intense focus in our society on filtering Web sites to protect
people from materials they consider offensive, or to protect them from phishing
and malicious viruses. To protect children from falling on explicit adult sites
parents and teachers use filtering software that prevent them from clicking on
whatever they want. So I would have thought that people
would connect "clicking" to a decision that has social and moral implications.
To click or not to click is a dilemma that faces hundreds of millions of
people every day, not just for spiritual and moral reasons, but certainly I
would think, including these.
Another example is the expression "community cataloguing practices" which I
coined in 1978. It does not occur anywhere in today's infopshere of the World
Wide Web. This does not surprise me since it is so specialized, viewing
community practices in terms of how people catalogue or keep track of what
counts as what in their social environment. The expression "feminizing the
marriage" (which I coined in 2000) does not occur in the entire universe of the
World Wide Web. This is very surprising since "feminizing" or "feminization" is
listed with over 150,000 occurrences and marriage with 1.5 million occurrences.
The non-occurrence of "feminizing the marriage" or "feminizing marriages" shows
the force and power of "neologistic constructions" to combine words that resist
being together due to intellectual climate. In contrast, "feminizing husbands"
does occur but it is associated with female domination, sex change, or
pornography. This is why I rescinded my neologism of "feminizing the husband"
and am no longer using it in my writings. The expression "surrendered husband"
(which I coined in 2002) occurs hundreds of times, but in various different
Not knowing much about what others have researched on neologisms
(see what I
have gathered here
from the Web). It appears from my empirical
self-witnessing that neologisms are new word combinations that pop into our
awareness when we are grasping for an expression that will describe a perception
we have of a sensation, idea, or feeling. This definition of neologisms overlaps
with the way linguists describe the cognitive operation of everyday
verbalizations in talk or discourse. In other words, neologisms are the result
of normal ordinary
language competence and performance. Every speaker of a
language constructs neologisms as a routine practice in daily social life and in
My wife Dr. Diane Nahl and I coined a number of neologisms in our 2000 book
Road Rage and
Aggressive Driving. One of them is "anti-road rage awareness" which has an
occurrence of zero, other than my own use of it. Again this surprises me, given
the fact that
my 1997 congressional
testimony with the title “Symptoms of Road Rage." Today it
has become a daily topic in newspaper articles and thousands
of Web sites. The expression "road rage
awareness" occurs 280 times today, which shows
its growing topical interest.
Interestingly, I coined the expression “anti-road rage
in 2000 but it still has a zero occurrence, except for my articles and letters
on the Web.
The difference between our neologism of "anti-road
rage awareness" and the widespread use of "road rage awareness" is that in our
book we focus on "road rage remedies" or "remedial road rage," using such other
neologisms as "children against road rage," "road rage nursery," "road rage
scenario analysis," "road rage prevention," "road rage legislation," etc. Within
this context there is the idea of "anti-road rage" activities, hence "anti-road
rage awareness exercises." The expression "anti-road rage" occurs 8,600 times in
various contexts, e.g., anti-road rage TV ad, anti-road rage bumper stickers,
anti-road rage laws, but not "anti-road rage awareness." This shows that as a
new topic area develops (road rage was introduced around 1985), various features
or facets are progressively uncovered by perception of the issues involved.
Hence the number of neologisms in a specific subject area gradually grows as a
reflection of its semantic and structural maturity.
A new information practice at amazon.com (and other sites) is to provide phrases
from the book that have a low statistical probability of occurring together in
other books or text. For the Road Rage book amazon.com provides these
Key Phrases - Statistically Improbable Phrases (SIPs):
aggressive driving laws, supportive driving, traffic emotions,
against road rage, driver enforcement, supportive drivers, driving psychology,
aggressive driving behavior, surf rage, rage tendency, lane hopping,
dashboard dining, driving partner, aggressive drivers, speed enforcement,
driving philosophy, driving personality, road ragers, highway community,
driving attitudes, emotional territory, road rage incident, older drivers,
furious driving, rage incidents
Except for three or four expressions in the list above, the remaining may all be
considered neologisms. This shows that neologisms consist of low probability
combinations of words. "Supportive driving" is a true neologism as it appears to
be not present prior to our 2000 book.
Today it is listed 1010 times by Google (May 30, 2008).
By inspecting the results I determined that most of these are what's known as
"false drops" to professional searchers and librarians. Two false
drops that occur
repeatedly is "driving, supportive" (which is not a phrase), and "supportive
driving position," which is a reference to car seats. But there are about 50
occurrences of the "supportive driving" phrase that we coined in our
2000 book, and most of these
can be traced back to our book, our
DrDriving.org Web site, or a newspaper interview and story.
The expression "
philosophy" is listed by google 16,500 times but most of
them are not talking about drivers' philosophy but about a philosophy that
"drives" a project, program or movement. There does appear to be about a dozen
independent coinage for "driving philosophy" in the sense of motorists. Our
neologism of "driving personality" and "driving personality makeover" does not
occur anywhere independently of us.
In scientific discourse it is a universal practice to address the neologisms
that scientists and reviewers construct in each other's literature. One of the
most influential neologisms of the past one hundred years in linguistics and
psychology was introduced in Noam Chomsky's doctoral dissertation at MIT in
1957. He called the new approach he was proposing for linguistics "generative
grammar." Chomsky elegant and technically powerful theoretical proposal and
demonstration instantly ignited the field of linguistics, precipitating a
classic version of "scientific revolutions" that spilled over into psychology
and cognate fields, spawning psycholinguistics, cognitive science, information
science, and the new "scientific" approach of the language teaching profession.
All that from one neologisms "generative transformation" (and a family of
related or derivative expressions).
Freud's neologisms of "psychopathology of every day life" and the "super-ego"
are among many he constructed. Within one century Freud's "depth psychology"
neologisms, tied together by the doctrine of unconscious motivation, has
penetrated and infused the intellectual life of hundreds of millions around the
world, finding their way into science, literature, novels, popular magazines,
movies, TV, commercials, songs, courts, hospitals, psychotherapists, clergy,
everyday topics. I used of one of Freud's neologisms "psychodynamic" to create
the neologisms of "ethnodynamics" (1977) and "astrodynamics" (1981). The word
"astrodynamics" occurs 164,000 on the Web, so it is clear that it may have
already been in use by thousands of people when I coined it anew by myself. This
is in line with my definition of neologisms as an ordinary everyday
cognitive construction practice. Oh, that sounds like another neologisms,
"cognitive construction practice" Let me google it, just a
moment............................OK, I'm back. The results that there are 8,400
Web sites using the expression "cognitive construction" but no occurrences for
the neologism I just made up "cognitive construction practice."
What about "cognitive construction" in the context of "neologisms"? I found only
one document that qualifies. So it looks like the idea I had of "neologisms as
ordinary cognitive constructions," might qualify as a "neologistic expression"
(there goes another one --- ......................... OK, it occurs 13 times in
google). I have been talking about neologisms several times a day with my wife
as I was writing working on this document (heavy duty linking job!!). At
one point she said to me: You are a neologist. Quick let me google that.
............ Yep, it's been around on 18,000 documents.
What is the opposite of neologisms? Perhaps trite expressions that no longer
carry meaning, yet have an important ritualizing function in exchanges -- Yes,
yes. No, no. I see. What the heck is this! What's wrong? How are you. Thanks a
million. I hate when people...In the 1960s generative semanticist Fillmore
neologued the expression "formulaic expression" to refer to speech acts that
have a ritualizing function primarily, and no longer convey meaning apart from
that ritualizing. And we know that much of human exchange involves speech act
ritualizing in order to create a receptive conversational environment-- So,
how've'you been? What's up, bro. No kidding. Well, gotta go now. Entire
conversational exchanges can sometimes be composed of mostly of formulaic
expressions and ritualizing. When people talk to pets or babies they regularly
say semantically nonsensical things that are pure emotional ritualizings --
Oh, you're supercute. Yep. Supercute. Look at you. Just look at you. So cute. So
cute. Oh, yeah. This is something. Yeah, yeah. So cute. We can call these
expressions "phatic neologisms."
neologist (nee-OL-uh-gist) noun. One who coins, uses, or
introduces new ... So Esther has invited Levey's
neologists to think up a more appropriate word." ...
A "word smith." But so is every ordinary speaker. Noam
Chomsky in the late 1950s impressed my generation of psycholinguistic students
when he gave a theoretical explanation and a convincing argument why it is that
almost every sentence people speak on any day are unique constructions.
Empirical evidence showing the accuracy of this principle was provided by many
other researchers later. People don't say the same sentences except for short
often repeated expressions. The longer a sentence the more likely it is that it
will be unique. Try this easy experiment. Type a paragraph or short letter about
anything you like. Now select and copy various segments of your sentences,
starting with just two words, then three, and so on, and paste it into a
Goggle.com query window. What are the results? How many words of your sentences
do you need before goggle shows that it does not occur among the billions of
documents and hundreds of billions of word sequences others have written. This
experiment will prove to you that most of the sentences you speak to your
parents or friends are unique (except of the repeated phrases that are more like
ritualizing than communicating content).
Note: For more autobiographical details see my article on
intellectual content or perspective of my articles and books fall into three
distinct periods or phases:
Experimental semantics, language learning: 1958-1971 (McGill University and University of
Ethnomethodological psycholinguistics, language teaching, community-classroom: 1971-1980 (University
Driving psychology, information behavior, Swedenborg, theistic psychology: 1980- 2008 (University of
to 1996 the
date I give for each neologism refers to the date of its publication in print, which may be
up to two years after the actual writing in an article. The year 1996 marks
the beginning of the Web as we know it today. Since that date I have published all my writings
on the Web the
same month or year that I wrote them (usually the same week or day).
significance of the dates I give is that in 1981, I became a reader of the
Writings of Swedenborg. Everything I wrote after that date is focused on
Swedenborg's Writings. It's interesting to note that The basic idea of the
"ennead matrix" appears in my pre-1981 articles dealing with trigrams and
hexagrams in semantic units and discourse sequences (see for example entries in
the Chart on
ethnosemantics, color-coded hexagram, or ethnomethodological psycholinguistics,
threefold self, and many others).
Other pre-1981 ideas are not related to my post-1981 Swedenborg focus, and I
have not continued to develop them. A list of several hundred expressions and
terms I used in my Swedenborg related articles, with links to the full text articles, is
Clicking on each
entry will link you to a full text article that uses and discusses that term.
Once you see the article you can give the Find Command for the expression you
are looking for. You will want to do this more than once since the expression
may be used in several places. Entries in the Neochart marked as --(see Neo
Book) -- refer to the text of
the book that
discusses neologisms and the Neochart. I produced thousands of of neologisms in the writing of
that book. It
is probably the most neo filled of all my books and articles. This may be
largely due to the fact that I spent more time collecting neos from
this book, as
compared to my other books and articles, which I only briefly sampled.
Google or Yahoo search for each neologism (in quotes) was done throughout 2008. When the entry is zero it means that
the search engine delivered articles solely by me. In other words, a zero means that I found no
one using the identical expression in the same sense that I used it, other than my own papers
or, the reports of
my students who were studying my papers, or when I was being quoted in an
article, news story, or interview.
The number in parenthesis after some of the
zero entries indicates the number of others who have adopted the expression by
referring to it or using it in the same sense. (Note: this has not yet been
When the entry is not 0 it means that
others have used the identical expression, either in the same sense as I have
or in various unrelated senses in different fields (which may be called
independent homonymous neologisms).
others use the expression in the same sense as I have, two possibilities occur.
One possibility is that they got the expression from my work or from others who
got it from my work, and these may or may not cite me directly. The other
possibility is that the same neologism in the same sense was coined
independently by others besides myself.
When the search results for an entry are relatively high
(say between 50 and 500), or very high (in the thousands), there are two
possibilities. One is that the same neologismic expression was independently
coined by those hundreds or thousands of people. The other possibility is that
the neologism gets around and becomes a popular topic. This means that the novel
concept or meaning in the neologism becomes part of the thinking repertoire of
A neologism is a word, phrase, or expression that describes a
perception, insight, or concept for the first time.
The desire to describe the new perception creates the
neologism through content available in one's memory and understanding. Without
this desire to describe, there would be no description, and no neologism. Love
invents what is pleasing to it. Every neologism is the product of a particular
love. Love is an objective and organic operation of the affective organ in our
mind. This affective operation is activated by the substance of spiritual heat
flowing in from the
Sun in the mental world of eternity, where all human feelings and thoughts
exist or are located. We subjectively experience this mental physiology as a
feeling we call love.
There is an endless variety of loves and sub-loves, which
are called affections. The expression “being affectionate” refers to an
affection of love for someone, expressed through sensorimotor determinations
that the individual manages according to group practice and culture. A
love for his wife (affective organ) invents a new idea in his mind (cognitive
organ) about how to express this love in his sensorimotor determinations, that
become visible in the physical body’s actions, such as inventing a surprise for
her, or inventing a new term of affection for her, or a new tone or way of
saying it, or a new way of touching or squeezing, and so on. These behavioral
neologisms are love’s products by which it is satisfied, and lives.
Love produces sensorimotor neologisms by means of cognitive
neologisms. The sequence of production and inventiveness follows this anatomical
à spiritual light
à cognitive neologism
à sensorimotor neologism
à behavioral neologism
Love is called here an affective neologism because every
love or affection is unique. No two loves or affections can ever be the same.
Swedenborg reminds us that one can see this uniqueness in people’s faces and
facial expressions. The physical face is an expression of a person’s love, and
especially what he calls “ruling love.” All loves are arranged in an organic
hierarchy like the chart of executives and managers in a business organization,
or in the armed forces, and so on. One’s ruling love is king. All the sub-loves
or affections are ruled by the ruling love. Affections that are contrary or
incongruent with the ruling love are not around, or are on their way to
expulsion. Cognitions are affections in outward garb. A semantic neologism
(cognitive) is merely an affective neologism in external disguise. And a
sensorimotor neologism is a joint product of the marriage between affective and
From this we can see that affection, idea, sensorimotor
determination, and physical execution are all involved in any human behavior or
interaction. Since every affection or love is unique, it strives to conjoin with
a unique idea that corresponds to that unique love. And from this you can see
that every utterance and expression of a
human being is a neologism
Hence the study of neologisms is the same as the study of
speech acts and discourse. It doesn’t seem that way upon appearances, or else,
why do we need the word neologism in addition to the words like speech act,
utterance, word, or expression. How is neologism different from any expression,
given that all expressions are unique?
According to appearances, the word or phrase spoken or
written may be the same as that of another person, or that of the same person
saying something earlier. So it seems that words and expressions are
recirculated and used constantly as the speech or paragraph proceeds. But this
is only an appearance when we capture as in a freeze frame the word or
expression and consider its meaning. But the actuality of that meaning cannot be
separated from the actuality of that event when it was expressed or used by the
speaker or writer. This context of use is the actuality of what was said in that
situation. But all situations are unique. Hence the actual content meaning, or
referent of the expression used in that instant, was actually unique, and hence
I discussed this issue in 1999, referring to its original
discussion in my 1974 book The Context of
Foreign Language Teaching:
This finding was important. I generalized it to my work in
psycholinguistics where it turned up as "the Principle of Indeterminacy of
Meaning" in which I argued that the definition of a word allows us to put
words together in a sentence, and this sentence does not have a definition
as the words themselves have. One version of this principle will be
in this chapter.
Since we use sentences to communicate, I concluded that the
communicative value of the sentence, that is, its meaning, is
indeterminate, and is serviceable only because it homes in as title, to the
general area. My final conclusion was original and revolutionary,
sentences are encapsulated titles for paragraphs, pages, and chapters
which we would have to write or say to describe our experiencing in a more
specific or referential manner.
This led to the idea that a new paradigm of linguistics or
psycho-linguistics needs to be developed in which we deal with the syntax of
titles as encapsulated references to particular operations of human
experience. If you want, you can look at
a paper I wrote on titles.
Since there are three levels of thinking and describing,
there are three types of neologisms.
Neologistic expressions are treated differently in science than in poetry, literature,
or commercial products and trademarks. For the inspired poet or song writer every line can contain a novel way of using
a word or a novel way of combining ordinary words. Scientists tend to avoid new
constructions and expressions, unless it is required by the presentation of a
new explanation, theory or method. New words are introduced into English every
year, according to philologists:
New technology, new fashions, new problems, new attitudes: the world is changing
all the time and so is the English language. Every year new words are invented.
Some become a permanent part of the language; others fall out of the language
again when they are no longer needed. The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary
contains many words that have recently come into the language. (...)
COMPOUNDS are the commonest type of new word, when two existing words are
combined to give a new meaning. It is not hard to guess what an asylum seeker
is, or home-schooling, if you know what the elements mean. One new combination
inspires another. You probably know hardware and software, but do you know
liveware and wetware, formed on the same principles? New words can be easier to
remember if they rhyme, for example chick flick or shock jock, or alliterate (=
repeat the same first letter), for example pester power and drag-and-drop. (...)
New products which are introduced are another source of new words, especially if
the type of product becomes particularly associated with one brand. This has
happened, for example, with Bluetooth™ and Palmcorder™. Sometimes these brand
names become so well-known that they can even be used as verbs: If you don’t
know what it means, you can google it. (...)
NEW MEANINGS for old words: sometimes the need for a new word can be filled by
extending the meaning of a word that already exists. For example, in a business
context a beauty contest is an occasion on which several competing companies or
people try to persuade somebody to use their services; and wallpaper in
computing is the background that you have on your computer screen. (...)
The above is from:
The expression "The
Scientific Meaning of Christmas"
which I constructed in 2004 does not occur anywhere. Here we have an example of
a neologism that uses commonly known terms like "scientific meaning" (44,000)
occurrences and Christmas (450 million), but is expressing an idea for which
there is much resistance in our intellectual climate that strives to separate
science and religion. The same holds for "Spiritual meaning of songs about cars"
(which I coined in 2007). I coined "Spiritual psychobiology" in 1982 and it has
not surfaced anywhere else.
The most recent scientific neologisms I constructed occur in
this book which
I started in March 2008. For instance, I just searched the expression
"homonymous neologisms" (coined above in an earlier paragraph), and got only one
link: it was a link to this document which I published on the Web in mid-March
and kept updating as I worked on it.
By the time
this book was 112 pages long on May 30, 2008, it had added 846 neos to the
Master Neochart, which then contained 2013 entries (published version 24d).
Everyone writes or speaks unique sentences. Try it out. Type a note to your
friend. Select a sentence that is longer than six words, copy it and paste it
into a Web search engine query window, making sure you enclose it into quotes.
You will find that many of your sentences are actually unique in the Web
environment containing many trillion sentences. Let's take the last sentence
("You will find...") and paste the entire sentence into google. The results show
that no such sentence exists in the huge infosphere of sentences in English. A
few days from now the search engines will show one document, namely this one.
This sentence would not be considered a scientific neologism.
Now let's take a portion of the sentence: "containing many trillions of
sentences" -- there are no occurrences. This phrase would not be considered a
scientific neologism. The phrase "trillions of sentences" shows up only seven
times, which surprises me. Repeatedly I seem to be surprised at how few
occurrences there are for what appears to me like a likely combination. This
shows that people may not able to predict neologisms (this would make an
interesting experiment in psycholinguistics, or else a nice new game). For
instance given another portion of the sentence above, "sentences are actually
unique in the Web environment," my expectation would be that this would
definitely occur many times. Yet when I google it, there are no occurrences.
Research needs to determine what makes certain word combinations and meanings
unlikely to occur. Of course, I am only considering the corpus of sentences on
the Web that are publicly available for search bots to index and deliver as
results. But this is such a huge population of sentences that it should be
representative of all sentences that have been created in English by the past
few generations. I am discussing written sentences mostly.
The beginning portion of the sentence "You will find that many of your sentences
are actually unique" does not occur anywhere. Even curtailing it to "You will
find that many of your sentences" does not occur. Despite this, it is obviously
not a neologism. If we check for ""You will find that many" -- we get 130,000
occurrences. "many of your sentences" gets 14,000, and "many of your sentences"
gets 14 million occurrences. The portion "many of your sentences are actually
unique" has zero occurrence, as does "many sentences are actually unique." This
really surprises me. "Sentences are unique" would surely occur many times --
actually, it occurs a mere 26 times. And "your sentences are unique" does not
occur anywhere (what a surprise!). The fact that sentences tend to be unique for
the most part has been known since Chomsky's focus on it starting in 1960. The
sentence "Most sentences are unique." occurs only once and is attributed to
author Richard Dawkins' book on evolution. Where is Noam Chomsky? (a sentence
that occurs 12 times!). "Where is Leon James" does not occur anywhere. "Where is
Diane Keaton?" occurs only once, but "Where is George Bush" occurs 1,500 times,
and "Where is God" occurs 230,000 times.
The expression "framed presentations or exhibits" occurs
only once (by me), while "frame presentations" occurs 9,000 times, "framed
exhibits" occurs 360 times, and "presentations or exhibits" occurs 350 times.
The expression "standardized routines for processing information" occurs
once (by me), even though "standardized routines" occurs 3,000 times, and
"processing information" occurs more than one million times. Taking a frequently
used expression ("information processing") and combining it with a less frequent
expression ("standardized routines") results in a unique expression. Is
"standardized routines for processing information" a scientific neologism? I
would think that it is. However, in
the neochart below I have listed mostly one,
two, and three word expressions used to refer to a theoretical or descriptive
We need to become aware of the numerous
anti-neologisms in our daily mental life. Anti-neologisms are
Ahrimanic forces of fossilization that invade perfectly healthy neologisms and
turn them into what linguists have called “formulaic expressions” (Fillmore
comes to mind). It is discussed in the literature under various topics such as
trite phrases, stale expressions, popular sayings, and conversational rituals
(Goffman comes to mind). Here is a dialog made-up exclusively of
A: Hi, how you doing.
B: Good. How about
A. Yeah, good. What’s
B. Dunno. What’s up
A. Well, I gotta go.
B. Yeah. See yeah.
These are actually useful anti-neologisms in and of
themselves, because as we know from ethnomethodological psycholinguistics,
performing the sequence of these interactions by A and B constitutes for them as
having had a conversation and a social encounter. If later someone asks A: “Did
you talk to B today?” then B can truthfully answer “Yes.” So ritualistic
anti-neologisms have an important social function and utility. But there may be
others that are more insidious, more destructive and hellish of human endeavor.
Consider this little experiment
My sentence and its parts
“Community implies a socio-cultural manifold that
excludes uncharted zones, positions, or spots.”
community implies a socio-cultural manifold that
excludes uncharted zones
community implies a socio-cultural manifold
The first three rows occur only by me in
this article from 1978. "Socio-cultural manifold" can be considered one of
my neologisms, and it is coined independently by two other writers.
"Socio-cultural" would not be considered my neologism, and neither would
"manifold" or "community." Neologisms are always embedded in a sentence. A
sentence length varies from one word to unknown limits. The longer a sentence
the more difficult it is to understand, and individuals differ in ability and
willingness to decipher the meaning of long sentences. As a practical approach I
would say that the longer a sentence fragment is, the less it qualifies as a
neologism. Most neologisms would be no longer than three words. It would be nice
if we could find on the Web a frequency distribution of words in combinations,
starting with single words, two-word expressions, three-word expressions, etc.
Such data would allow us to investigate the cognitive and affective mechanisms
that create neologisms.
In 1977 I coined the neologism "role type enactment" to refer to the consistent
performance of a style of acting and speaking in a particular social setting or
relationship. Today thirty years later Goggle shows no occurrence of this
expression in the mega-trillions of three-word expressions in English on the
Web. I want to understand what spiritual force, or if you prefer, what mental
force keeps these three words from occurring through all this enormous activity
of writing on the Web. What expressions people type out, or think and say, is
not a random event that just happens without a specific cause making it happen.
Nothing in science is random in the sense that nothing is making it happen.
Every event we can observe must have a cause. It is the cause that scientists
are always searching for in whatever they observe as a fact. What causes me to
think of "role type enactment" thirty years ago, and what causes hundreds of
millions of other English speakers writing trillions of three-word combinations
on billions of Web documents,
to avoid "role type enactment"?
Does the answer have to do with semantic focus of perception?
To investigate this possibility let's look at the semantic environment where the
neologism "role type enactment" came into occurrence. Here are two prior
We [Diane and I] are raising an important methodological issue which
requires full and adequate treatment. This cannot be done here, but we want
to illustrate some of the issues involved with a concrete example: the
problem of defining the notion of "conversational environment" objectively.
Intuitively, it is clear that saying something in the course of a
conversation is an adequate device for introducing a change in the
sociocultural environment of the participants, i.e., saying something
can arouse reactions on the part of hearers in the same way that altering
the physical or physiological environment can produce reactions. In fact,
saying thing in the course of verbal exchanges constitutes the most
prominent method use in human communities for affecting the sociocultural
environment, especially when we include saying things to one's Self.
Despite this prominence of verbal exchanges in the community the objective
definition of what constitutes a functional conversational spot is
difficult to obtain in the most ordinary of situations. As Goffman has
argued, few verbal exchanges can be explained, even in crude terms, using
such devices as Question/Answer, Request/Legitimization, Attack/Defense,
Mover/Reply Move, and the like, for it is quickly discovered that most of
talk in natural situations is totally spontaneous and reactive. This
means that talk, like other behavior, is responsive to contingencies in the
environment rather than to deliberate or conscious strategies of moving and
responding to moves, and therefore, the functional units are to be
discovered independently of conscious strategies. We intend to show that
the functional units of talk in conversation are occasioned by parameters
that are independent of conscious awareness, hence inaccessible by methods
that average subjective reports as in survey research or experimental data
dependent on instructions.
In other words, my attention was focused on trying to find a measure for what
was known in ethnomethodology in the 1970s as "conversational environment." Here
I was focusing specifically on the nature of conversational interaction as being
spontaneous rather than consciously intended. This means that the style of
interaction cannot be discovered by having speakers answer various questions
about why they interact in a particular way at a particular time. They are just
reacting and acting and interacting. And then we say this:
The objective definition of conversational environment can be approached
through the delimitation of segments of conversation which are independently
defined from such subjective features as topic or content of talk. We
shall illustrate this possibility using the transcript already discussed
above and attributed to individual A. Note that the episode involves four
persons identified in terms of their appearance as follows: (... skipping)
Tabulating the talking turns in the above manner (Figure 2a) more nearly
brings out the consequences of the first transformation, i.e., of
treating a conversation as a sequence of interactive links. For example, it
shows that the transformation is topological, viz., the
four-dimensional phenomenon known as conversational episode (place-time
specifications) receives a topographic projection whose mathematical or
geometric properties can be exploited for describing less visible features
of verbal interactional activities. For example, counting the number of
interventions or measuring the length of the line five a characterization
of each participant's behavior: this too is a major theoretical step that
needs careful treatment. In other words, merely counting the number
of interventions does not constitute a characterization; instead, it
constitutes a measure of participation for this particular observed event.
We are proposing, however, to upgrade the significance of the count into a
measure of role type, or some such term denoting characteristic
behavior. (See Chapter 9, Section [9.3.II.2.1 - 2D].)
In other words, the environment or character or style of a conversational
interaction can be objectively defined or measured by taking sub-segments of the
interaction (=lines of a conversational transcript) and seeing how the
sub-topics mentioned in the exchange are linked together. Typically, person A
might mention topic X while person B reacts to it by mentioning another topic.
The second topic gets discussed for three or four talking turns, then A comes
back to the first topic. And so on with other topics. So topics weave in and out
of each other during a normal spontaneous conversation. The last sentence in the
paragraph above introduces the idea of "role type" which is a prior neologism I
have been discussing for three years prior to the writing of this paragraph. And
so we continue:
In particular, the issue of characterizing role behavior is much
easier since we are then dealing with the problem of how to catalogue
community practices in conversations, -- a much simpler task for the
In terms of the notion of role type, then, we can say that number of
interventions, and their distribution, are indices of a person's habitual
conduct in social situations, while at the same time we are to stress that
"social situations" must not for our purposes be defined in terms of an
arbitrary set of variables chosen by an investigator, whatever the variables may
be. To sum it up: conversations are information "environments" shaped or
constructed by talkers through the content of their responses to other talkers.
It is a mutual and reciprocal interaction or communicative exchange in which
talkers perform for each other, making impressions upon the others, affecting
them, arousing emotions in them as a reaction to what content they chose to
perform, and how the performance was delivered. This goes on at a very rapid
pace since not only do talkers overlap in speech, but they also perform for each
other continuously -- remaining silent, looking intent, yawning, shaking the
head, looking away, saying a sequence of Mhm..mhm's, opening eyes wide,
grimacing, or taking a talking turn by saying something, which involves a series
of speech acts -- agreeing, disagreeing, expressing humor, drawing an
implication, saying something unrelated, and so on. This performance or
enactment in the exchange is the talker's "role type enactment." That semantic
focus required a neologism to mark it, identify it as a phenomenon about
In 1977 I wrote this sentence in
"My work has led me to the
formulation of an understanding of cultural behavior that recognizes the
modulations of individual seeking and suffering as actualized reifications of
culturally standardized ritual possibilities"
Of course the entire sentence is unique. But if you take two and three
sentence combinations within the sentence, you obtain several scientific
understanding of cultural behavior (only 17
formulation of an understanding (40 occurrences)
modulations of individual seeking (zero
actualized reifications (zero occurrences)
standardized ritual possibilities (zero
suffering as actualized reifications (zero
I would have thought that "understanding of cultural behavior" would occur many
thousands of times, instead of just 17. I was so amazed that I had to redo the
search on google three times, and then I checked yahoo. I have no explanation
for the non-usage of the expression "understanding of cultural behavior." The
expression "cultural behavior" occurs nearly 200,000 times, and the word
"understanding" occurs more than 800 million times. So why so few occurrences of
"understanding of cultural behavior"?
According to Marbe's Law, which I learned as an undergraduate major in
psychology in the 1950s, frequency of occurrence of a word or expression in a
community reflects the degree of interest shown for that topic. Topics and words
that are popular reflect general interest in it by the population or group. As
an example, here are some topics and their frequency of occurrence on Yahoo.com:
I had difficulty finding words or topics that occur less than 100,000, except
for my neologisms. It's a different situation with two-word combinations:
emotional territoriality 3
hexagrammatic morphology 0
It's much easier to find two word combinations that are either frequent or
With three-word combinations it's easier to find less frequent combinations than
the other way.
games people play
tax preparation services 1.3 million
role-playing experiences 20,000
several alternative types 1,300
context-embedded learning 350
Mobius strip book
The more words that make up a combination, the harder it is to find frequent
occurrences, and they quickly tend to become unique.
Consider these Yahoo generated occurrences:
"bright yellow"9.5 million
"bright yellow patterns"
"incredibly bright yellow"
"incredibly bright yellow patterns" 0
In other words, if you take four frequently used words (hundreds of millions of
times on the Web), and you combine them two at a time, three at a time, and all
four at a time, the combinations quickly get much smaller, and finally unique.
Face work neos
(Goffman comes to mind) refer to speech act neos that people routinely construct
in interaction with others. For example: “I am so, so super sorry!”—which has a
google occurrence of just one. Or: “I am so excited that I can hardly wait you
know." – which has a zero occurrence.
calendars that provide ‘a neo a day’
feature, or ‘a neo of the month’
feature. Some day soon someone will provide a neo widget with an RSS feed to
provide for digital delivery systems for neos and desktop neos. Similarly,
neocards are cards people send each other with a neo message. Chicken soup neos
are intended to soothe one’s mental environment and feed it with hope neos and
self-confidence building neos.
I think that ordinarily scientists think about neologisms
as new “terms” or “terminology” made up of one word. Lists and dictionaries that
keep track of neologisms provide them as single words. But
neos come in any length. As you can see from
here, and from the neocharts of
others, neologisms vary in number of words from 1, to two-word expressions, the
three-word phrases or combinations, and in fact to any length. There is no limit
to the number of words in neologisms.
The probability of an expression being a
neologism approaches certainty in proportion to the number of words it
contains. According to linguistic research in the Chomskyan era most people’s
sentences in discourse are unique.
Here is one syntactic
typology of neologisms that might be useful for
research on neologisms:
neos (“new terminology”), including titles of books and articles, trade
names, and endearing neos or put down neos.
level neos (mostly between 2 and 5 words)
neos (the entire expression is used with interactional significance)
level neos or sentential neos (the
entire expression makes a whole sentence)
Sentential neos express a full assertion or make a comment
about some subject. Philosophy sentential
neologisms are also known as “sayings” about life and truth, also known
historically as “proverbs,” and in Zen tradition as a “koan.”
Sentence neos are neos constructed as a full sentence. The sentential neo
makes a complete stand alone assertion. It expresses an argument, a conclusion,
a doctrine, a philosophy of life.
neocharts contain selections of sentential neos arranged by time or topic
that express the author’s understanding, knowledge, and wisdom.
Sentential neos pack a complete assertion. They are
philosophical and spiritual statements. By selecting all the sentential neos in
a neochart and sorting them alphabetically, we produce the poetry of neologisms.
The spiritual poetry of neologisms is hidden within each one of them. This
follows the universal principle expounded in the Swedenborg Reports that
successive degrees are together in simultaneous degrees.
The familiar cause-effect sequence is an instance of this,
though it is generally unknown to the scientists today. Everyone knows that
cause is first, then effect follows. But few people know that the cause is
within the effect. People think of the cause as the precipitating causal event
in the past. This is because they have a purely physical or materialistic
explanation (layer 8C) of cause and effect. It is like intellectual
dimension of reality is eliminated, leaving something flat or flattened. It is
conceptual reductionism. The Swedenborg Reports restore conceptual duality,
consequently true reality. Duality is declared and revealed in all Sacred
Scripture. It is God’s Word, therefore Divine Truth, which is reality itself.
Here are some examples of sentential neos about life and
truth sampled from The
A man is normally scared of the idea of unity with the same woman
A neochart is an index of one’s intellectual autobiography.
A spiritual husband loves his wife spiritually as well
A wife loves numerous masculine traits and ideas that
her husband has.
According to the
Swedenborg Reports, such as is
our love, such is our understanding, and consequently, such is our neo
operations remain deep seated.
After resuscitation we exist in the celestial marriage in some society of
the Grand Human.
All constructions by
people are existential neologisms.
All human beings have an inborn love for neo
production and neo reception.
All neos come down from God into the mind of its inventor.
purposes in the running of the universe are subordinated to this one
Anyone has this enlightened thinking when willing to use the information
for one’s regeneration.
At this point probably no one knows the answer.
Automobiles are powerful and obedient.
Being good to others is possible only from God.
Born into eternity means born into the mental world of humanity.
Born into eternity means immortality.
Both heavenly and infernal loves are empowered by the
types of loves exist in the human
mind from birth.
But it is totally inadequate in the mental world after resuscitation.
But there is another possibility, as described in theistic psychology
based on the Swedenborg Reports.
Clicking is a spiritual act.
Causes are mental
affections in outward garb.
Cognitive organ is right next to the sensorimotor.
Collective self is
embodied in the sensorimotor environment.
presupposes an audience.
makes you feel frustrated and panicky.
Consciousness and awareness oscillate, while experience is continuous.
Context alters the
meaning of the neologism.
Context of use is the actuality.
Conversational neos constitute a rich and
rewarding motivational resource.
Correspondences are relationships between natural
and spiritual neos.
Correspondence is the relationship between cause
Creating facilities for the hells in the natural mind allows God to
us with temptations.
the universe exist for the purpose of fostering
this love between a husband
and a wife.
Cross-cultural sharing of neo production builds a unified globalism anchored
in mutual love.
Death is also called hell.
Disagreements are in-authentic.
Divine Love is received in the affective organ of an individual.
provides a methodology or spiritual discipline to allow
us to win this battle for eternity.
Do I put it on my neochart then?
During the life of the first generations of
people on this earth there was no evil.
Effects of the heart inflow into the lungs.
Enlightenment is the mental state of reasoning from realities.
Every evil love has sway over every human being – until regeneration.
Every human being is born into the mental world of eternity in a permanent
Every individual’s mind is exposed to the same
Spiritual Sun in eternity.
Every love has a built in power to consume itself.
Every love is
unique, possessing some unique feature of good, some unique virtue or
Every neo is an immortal neo.
Every object, quality, or operation is a
Everyone is created capable of seeing the Spiritual
Evil is nothing but the distortion of good.
Evil loves, or lusts, are consummated in abominable ways.
Experience is an act of living through an event.
Fear to tread
on the toes of another’s foot.
example, consider spiritual heat.
birth to eternity, mental development continues in its evolution towards the
perfection of what is purely human in us.
From self to conjoint self – this is the journey that the Lord has created
Glad you enjoyed
looking at my neos.
God honors both by supplying the events for either. (our cooperation or
God is at the center of every neo.
God is the basis of reality and sanity.
God makes sure that we are not tempted beyond our ability or readiness to
God manages the
mind of atheists.
Love is within every affective neo.
Wisdom is within every cognitive neo.
Proceeding is within every sensorimotor neo.
Good and truth stream out of the Divine.
Google that to get
Heaven is the Grand Human.
loves possessed by human beings are dead without the Divine Love within
Heavenly loves are living mental substances.
He knows it, he feels it.
He was stupefied by this celestial appearance and reality.
He witnessed their conjoint self, shining from their faces, their beauty,
and their wisdom.
is the Grand Monster.
Hellish loves conjoin themselves with hellish thoughts.
Heaven cannot battle hell apart from our loves.
Heavenly life is the happiness of neologisms.
Heavenly loves in the
natural mind represent and correspond the uncorrupted
layers of our
Hence it is that the conjunction is possible
between them, being in reciprocal loves.
Hey, let's have
a neo party online.
Human beings are born with a spiritual body in the mental world of
Human neos are the
direct result of Divine Neos.
Humans are born into a dualist creation.
I call this new coupled person, new coupled self, by the title “conjoint
I enjoy your
fertile neo production procedures.
I fought hard to remain a behaviorist.
I googled it.
I had to defend the idea that mental processes are behavioral processes.
realize that the possibility exists that I may forget that I am already
I remind myself daily about heaven and hell.
I was amazed, dazzled, and overjoyed when I first discovered this in the
Swedenborg Reports (back in 1981).
I watch myself
like a hawk a field mouse. (warning to myself)
wouldn’t be surprised if you were very surprised, since I was very surprised
when I discovered this amazing definition in the Swedenborg Reports.
friend asked you how you would define “spiritual,” what would you say?
If it is a thought that can exist in heaven, then it is
a good thought, and I can love it.
If we do not regenerate we are safeguarding the loves that we now have
as unregenerate persons.
If we neglect to operationalize the spiritual mind prior to our death
and resuscitation, it will not function.
we stop producing neos we cease to have life.
If you observe motorists at traffic lights, you notice that a
hypermiling driving style is being practiced by more and more drivers.
Immediately after resuscitation we are fully ready and eager to join one
of the numerous mental societies of the Grand Monster.
ideas in hell are anti-neotic, contrary to inventiveness.
In a pointed sense neos are zones of community ignorance.
7-consciousness (rational mind), our neo-construction is affective and
spiritual in focus and meaning.
8-consciousness (materialistic mind), our neo-construction is cognitive and
abstract in focus and meaning.
9-consciousness (corporeal mind), our neo-construction is sensorimotor and
concrete in focus and significance.
In order to get out of the equity model, the husband needs to be enlightened
by celestial love.
In order to operationalize our spiritual mind we must regenerate the
In order to understand this rationally let’s bring it down to anatomy and
see how this actually works.
In the Divine Love infinite unique loves exist as one Divine Love.
In the Swedenborg Reports God reveals a new scientific theory.
In the Swedenborg Reports this is called “shunning evils as sins.”
psychology “spiritual” is defined as “mental,” which includes our
sensations, thoughts, and feelings.
theistic psychology, “eternity” is the world outside of time and place.
Inside every neo you produce lives the Divine Neo in which your neo is
It has the power to create a heaven.
It is a heaven of neos!
is a mental substance flowing out of the Spiritual Sun, which is from the
Mind of God.
It is not possible for the natural mind to be housed in the physical body.
It is the antidote to warfare and ethnocentric antipathy.
It is the chart of your spiritual journey.
It is their very consciousness.
I’ve been trying to keep track of all my neo productions – written,
conversational, and reflective.
Love (A) perceives through the senses (S) what is usable for its
cognitive operations (C) to formulate a plan or method of attaining its
Love invents what is pleasing to it.
Love is consummated when it conjoins itself to a thought
Love produces sensorimotor neologisms by means of cognitive neologisms.
Love rules and
creates all of a person's eternal life.
Loves to dominate her more than to be intimate with her.
Loves to retain for himself some areas of independence.
mistake, tailgates, or changes lanes unnecessarily.
Many people are
driving around in a constant seething rage.
Masculine neologistic productions clash with
Maxed out baby–
no dinner for you tonight. (re: while weighing myself)
Mental children are stillborn in hell.
Mental development is forever with immortal beings such as we are.
Mental ether is created as an expanse around the Spiritual Sun which forms
its center and its highest point.
Mental world has the human anatomical form.
Meta-neos are necessary communicative devices.
Moses, Paul, and Swedenborg: Three Steps in Rational Spirituality.
My re-awakenings assume a new pattern.
My wife recognized the significance of this new spiritual truth.
marriages on earth are designed by God to foster the psychological growth of
our inborn conjugial character.
Natural mind is tied by correspondence to the physical body.
Neologisms are born in the minds of human beings.
new meanings, hence new truths from new loves.
Neolgistic records create a
spiritual geography of our vertical community.
Neomalies are anomalous neologisms.
Neo construction in conversation has an
anatomical dimension and relevance.
Neo production of a group or society is an index of its inventiveness,
Neopsychology is theistic psychology.
refers to a mental operation or state of one individual that is being
induced upon another individual.
are constructed out of rational ether that forms the expanse of the mental
world of humanity.
Neos are immortal mental packets made of
Neos are new words, either singly, or in new
Neos are speech acts we produce that are
expressions or images of our
Neos increase cognitive load.
New knowledge outpaces old theory and old method.
No one knows a neo prior to its construction by just one person.
No love exists that is not heavenly from the
Human or hellish from the
Non-theistic psychology has nothing to say about mental anatomy.
Now it is permitted for a husband and wife to create a heavenly union here
Once the husband operates from the unity model, he is establishing an
organic entity called the conjoint self
Only if we know both can we choose from our own love.
love in the heavenly
layers of our mind is capable of bringing neo-babies
Our afterlife isn’t real unless it has a solid foundation somewhere.
Our cognitive life of thinking is in the service of our affective life of
Our motivation for searching for this
understanding is the love we have for making sense.
ruling love makes everything happen in our sensorimotor dream
Our spiritual race on this earth is born Fallen.
Our success in regeneration can come only from the interior layer of our
Passionate love never has to cease.
People obtain their ideas and ideals from the neos of others.
People’s thinking may remain neoless.
People who benefit each other from their neo-construction procedures feel
integrated in a community of humanity.
Rationality is what theory is made of.
the warfare refers to ourselves.
Science does not base its theories and explanations on mere data.
revolutions are normal.
Self-witnessing is observational, objective, empirical, and behavioral.
Sentential neos pack a complete assertion.
She burns with longing for affective intimacy.
She can only obtain this if he wants to have that with her.
She feels things by perception.
She can only obtain this
if he wants to have that with her.
She just knows it, because she perceives it.
She receives the conjugial from the Lord directly, while he does not.
Shortly after resuscitation everyone is led to discover their ruling love in
the natural mind.
Similarities have bonding effects.
Singing is a cultural resource.
So it is clear that “final neo” is a neo.
Spiritual development is cyclical and recursive.
meaning is to appropriate spiritual truths.
Such is the zone of the mental world that we live in every day.
Surely this is
one of the greatest scientific discoveries in the history of modern science
(re: spiritual world=mental world of eternity)
didn't quite fit like the others did.
Swedenborg interviewed conjugial couples in
layer 4 of the mental world of eternity.
identify many loves that are described in Sacred
Swedenborg saw how a conjugial couple appears as one Angel from a distance.
Swedenborg saw the actual book in a temple that housed it. (his book Arcana
unique in that he worked within the
Talking is the most common and enjoyed human
activity, both here, and in the afterlife.
the temptation ceases.
The above experiment in the
Swedenborg Reports is a case of forced spiritual self-witnessing
The community is endangered when God is denied.
The consciousness of self is life.
battle of evil vs. good, and its sub-battle of falsity vs. truth, is a
battle that we keep going.
The definition of “heavenly” is any love that is sourced in the Grand Human.
The details are revealed in the
correspondential sense of the Old Testament
The diffusion of neos to others is the basis of community existence.
The Divine Neo that is within your own neo is the relationship of love.
The Divine Love cannot be divided into pieces of itself.
The Divine Psychologist connects and reconnects your mind to societies
in the Grand Human and Grand Monster.
The Divine Psychologist has connected you with some spiritual society in the
The Divine Psychologist manages the process of regeneration in every
Trinity is the ultimate reality and rationality.
The dying and resuscitation process disengages our spiritual body from the
The first is an infernal love, the second is a heavenly love.
The fulfillment of each unique heavenly love is to see its own good in
another human being.
The future lay in science, not something lesser.
The Grand Human and the Grand Monster are in every
The heaven that I found here, now that I am entering old age, is the
conjugial unity I live with my wife Diane.
inherited loves of the natural mind are contrary to this unity.
The individual becomes a mere evil caricature of the former self.
The individual’s ruling love is given the opportunity by the
to make that choice.
The journey of life begins in full at death.
The layers of our mind are the layers of the spiritual world.
The Lord comes and exists in our mind through that Testament.
The love of our conjugial partner gradually disengages us from the
un-reality of selfhood as an individual.
loves and thoughts of God externalize into the created universe through the
The meanings we perceive and become conscious of
are those that are selected by our love.
mental layer where hell operates in every human mind is devoid of neo
The mental world is made of spiritual substances streaming out of the
Spiritual Sun in every person’s mind.
The mental world of heaven is very real, more real and solid, than a palace
on earth on a big island.
The more complete you try to make your
Neochart, the further behind you get.
The natural marriage turns into a
spiritual marriage as the husband spends
more of his time in
the unity mood.
The neo that one person loves to produce is
enjoyed by another person when it is received.
The new life of eternity is so engaging and vivid that the past has little
value or interest to the person.
The physical body is connected by correspondence to the spiritual body.
The physical is a derivative reality from the spiritual.
possibility arose that feeling states and states of enlightenment are
independent of each other.
The power of this union rests on the Letter of the
presence of these living immortal and Divine substances in our mental
constitution, is the cause of our being immortal.
The principal love in the
unity model is to maintain intimacy at all three
levels – sensorimotor, cognitive, affective.
of spiritual self-witnessing
The purpose of theistic psychology is to acquire systematic, rational, and
practical knowledge about regeneration.
The real thing is what comes from the Spiritual Sun in the form of spiritual
light substance and spiritual heat substance.
The regeneration process begins the phases of spiritual development.
The rest are in our
vertical community. (independent witness
The result of this activity of our mental organs is experienced by each
person as consciousness of a unique self.
The "roving" love of sex
with many partners is a four-stage process, as described in the Swedenborg
The ruling love of the highest mental layer in heaven is conjugial love.
same spiritual heat inflows into every individual’s affective organ.
The source is
within the cause which is within the effect, and so, the Divine Neo is
within the heavenly neos that are within the natural neos (“within” is the
spiritual body contains our mental organs.
The spiritual body is born with a spiritual mind and a natural mind, each
arranged in three discrete degrees.
The spiritual mind must therefore be carefully prepared so that it is fully
operative for us after resuscitation.
The spiritual mind serves as our consciousness after death and
The spiritual poetry of neologisms is hidden within each one of them.
spiritual substance of good, in the form of
spiritual heat enters the affective organ of the spiritual mind.
The spiritual world of the afterlife is nothing else than the mental world
of human kind.
The success of this organic lifelong process determines our immortal
life in eternity.
The Spiritual Sun is in every person.
The study of theistic psychology starts and ends with human
Swedenborg Reports have demonstrated by observation that a man after
resuscitation becomes more fully masculine, and a woman more fully feminine.
The Swedenborg Reports reveal that when we read Sacred Scripture, the people
in layers 6, 5, 4 are involved through correspondence.
The two people ordinarily alternate turns
in performing for each other.
unassimilated do not talk.
The vertical community operates by the laws of correspondences and
without the conscious awareness of the people involved.
The word “spiritual” overlaps in meaning to the word
Then our spiritual mind is opened and we have heaven within us.
There is only one mental world.
There are two kinds of loves and each kind has distinct properties.
There are no
others beside you who see what you see in my writings.
There is an endless variety of loves and sub-loves, which are called
There is no end to that life.
There is no way of
fully explaining anything.
There is only one
mental world and every person is born into it, and remains
in it forever.
There was a potential of evil in the mental world
These are examples of celestial sensorimotor
intimacy neos within which are cognitive intimacy neos, within which are
affective intimacy neos.
These are called hellish not out of moralistic judgment, but out of rational
and medical assessment.
These are mere representations and appearances, not the real thing.
These are the only two possibilities, given the mental anatomy revealed in
the Swedenborg Reports.
These behavioral neologisms are love’s products by which it is satisfied,
These heavenly trigger loves include the love of innocence in obedience and
surrender to the parental order that is a representation of God’s order.
inherited loves operate as impulses and triggers in the affective
inherited parental loves are both evil and good.
These physical events must be arranged so that they happen to you.
These sub-human traits give us many enjoyments to which we become very
These sub-loves are like assistants to the chief loves.
They absolutely adore and live for this sentiment, feeling, emotion.
They are joined in all their loves through a
reciprocal conjunction of their mental anatomy.
are our mental children, immortal, indestructible, existing forever in the
mental world of eternity. (neos)
They are philosophical and spiritual statements.
They are then united to eternity as soul mates.
They become our loves only after resuscitation.
They understood the meaning of my speech act.
Think of the afterlife as living in a purely mental world.
affective conjunction is reciprocal between
masculine love and feminine love.
This celestial marriage produces as offspring the endless neos in the
This dream like reality in eternity is very real.
This enlightenment is given in proportion to our love for cooperating with
the Divine Psychologist in our regeneration.
This makes them insane and reduces their life to sub-human levels called
This new conjugial couple is within a passion of mutual love that
intensifies and magnifies progressively to endless eternity.
This is our inherited anatomical connection to the hells.
This is real. This is the reality.
This is the power that is accessed through the
mental doorway of neocharts.
This is what it means that the Divine cannot be divided.
This is why we are called the fallen race.
exists in a mental world, not physical.
This life is the life of our neos.
This infernal marriage spawns the sensorimotor world of hell, which
Swedenborg has described.
This is called sharing meaning. (neo
This is what is called human life. (consciousness of a unique self)
This negative rebellious selfish love comes from their connection to the
Grand Monster societies
This spiritual is the mental.
Those who would
profane, are not enlightened.
To be consumed is the purpose of a love’s existence.
To be good, you must
love being good.
To love another’s neos is to love God in whom the neos are sourced.
Unelightenment is to reason from appearances.
Unless we teach ourselves in daily life how to love doing
and thinking what is heavenly, we cannot be in heaven in eternity.
Uses gestures and his body
to intimidate her or to punish her.
We are at war against our self and within our self.
We are conscious in the natural mind while we are still connected to our
physical body on earth.
We are immortal, living forever.
We are incorporated into the anatomical framework of the
are our own loves, hence whatever good and truth “we” love, becomes part of
We are not conscious in these layers prior to resuscitation.
We are not conscious of our spiritual mind until after resuscitation.
are then in a
mental zone called death.
We become collective personalities.
We call it a
We can see in babies and toddlers the hatred of this love of obedience.
We can see this principal heavenly love in infants.
We cannot rely on our own thinking regarding what Sacred Scripture says
that God wants from us.
We come into existence with two bodies.
We continue our
immortal life in our spiritual mind.
We don’t actually live on earth.
We have it forever – self
We have our immortality since birth.
We inherit aggressive and dangerous driving patterns as
We know from the Letter as well that the Lord is in
We live in eternity in our spiritual body.
We may possess numerous heavenly loves, and in each of them the Divine Love
is present in full.
We produce neos by means of our ability to
rationally understand what we perceive and observe around us.
heavenly neologisms from Sacred Scripture and commandment
neologisms from our conscience.
We speak according to our motives and intentions,
which come from love.
We then continue immortal life in the mental world of eternity.
We therefore have a choice whether we are going to love the hell in us or
the heaven in us.
God calls good is what can take us to
What is a neo?
What kind of a
world is this in which there is no time, no place, and no matter??
What we choose from our own love, remains forever as ours.
When do men like
When we are free, we will to think and to do that
which we love.
While we think of the literal sense as we read, they think of the inner
sense hidden within the literal.
Why does the Divine Psychologist connect you to them while you are brushing
your teeth or preparing breakfast?
Wisdom produces beauty from love.
With respect to consciousness, individual development recapitulates
spiritual temptations we would never be able to perceive that we are
Women perceive it, and from that know it.
affective neo when you have a new love, intention, or motive.
producing a cognitive neo when you have a new thought, plan, or principle.
sensorimotor neo when you have a new sensation, movement
pattern, or verbal expression.
You are then the independent witness, and only one is strictly needed.
You can’t be good
until you want to.
Your email is
full of neos
Your own neos are entry points to your relationship to God.
Your ruling love now at the top of your love hierarchy, makes the final
For more examples of philosophy sentential neologisms
relating to Swedenborg and spirituality, consult this:
Now let us go back to the introductory paragraph of this
Sentential neos pack a complete assertion. They are
philosophical and spiritual statements. By selecting all the sentential neos in
a neochart and sorting them alphabetically, we produce the poetry of neologisms.
The spiritual poetry of neologisms is hidden within each one of them. This
follows the universal principle expounded in the Swedenborg Reports that
successive degrees are together in simultaneous order.
The spiritual poetry of neologisms is “hidden” within each
In other words, what was successive in its construction is
now contained in its final form, which is the linguistic expression itself, born
in the reflection procedures of the cognitive organ, and which we call an idea.
If there is a motive or intention or desire in the affective organ that wants to
conjoint itself to this new born idea, then the conjunction gives fruit,
delivers a mental baby to the pair of mental organs. This mental baby is born in
the sensorimotor organ and is visible there. The three mental organ systems are
in discrete degrees and react to each other by correspondence. A feeling from
the affective organ is a different thing than a thought in the cognitive organ.
The two cannot be continuously or contiguously together except by
correspondence. They are made of different substances that cannot mix because
they are reciprocal to each other. Every part of one is the reciprocal of the
corresponding part of the other. They fit together to make a whole. Their
relationship or marriage is that of conjunction – one fitting into the other,
the two making a whole.
Your neochart is an index of your autobiographical record
as a human being. It is a representation of your intimate relationship to God.
Inside every neo you produce lives the Divine Neo in which
your neo is sourced. Your own neos are entry points to your relationship to God.
Your neo, sourced as it is in a Divine Neo, is the visible offspring you
produced and stands as proof of your intimate relationship to God. This intimacy
is obvious since the Divine Neo that is within your own neo is the relationship of
love. You had to make yourself love Divine Neos before you could construct any
neos of your own. This shows that there are fake neos that don’t have a Divine
Neo within them, but only the neo of a fake god, and this usually is the Self
elevated to a capital. Spiritually insane neos carry meaning that is constructed
from a hellish marriage between an evil hurtful love in the affective organ and
a distorted justification in the cognitive organ that makes it acceptable to
construct fake neos, God-less neos.
An instance today of this attitude is the negative bias in
science that excludes the Swedenborg Reports from its literature, research, and
teaching. The justification given (1) that knowledge of God is not science, and
(2) that other scientists cannot see what Swedenborg saw, is not
methodologically well founded, not true to the freedom of scientific inquiry. I
have examined the Swedenborg Reports from my training of half a century of
science, and have found them to be scientific. If others make this examination,
I am confident that they too will corroborate this conclusion. Hence to refuse
to examine the evidence (“negative bias” science), is a position not rationally
well founded. The love that keeps this bias going strong, generation after
generation of scientists, is not based in the Grand Human. It may have to do
with humanistic pride to want to keep God out of the formula of our lives. But
the community is endangered when God is denied, since God is the basis of
reality and sanity.
People who feel like rejecting this conclusion may want to
reconsider when they remember that the natural rational mind (layer 7Ce) where
we form these ideas and principles, is immersed in the negative bias of
materialism. People can elevate their consciousness to the interior-rational
layer (7Ci) that is informed by Sacred Scripture. There we learn that God
manages science, manages thoughts, manages correspondences, manages events,
manages reality. Knowing this, understanding it, trying to figure it out, makes
us really intelligent and spiritually sane, knowing our excellent future,
knowing how to get there.
There are three types of neos: Affective neos, Cognitive
neos, and Sensorimotor neos.
We are most aware of cognitive neos which are words put
together to express a new idea seen for the first time by the thinker or
speaker. This is a sense-making procedure involving a new configuration of
meaning elements. When we construct a cognitive neo we are responding to our
desire to capture in a semantic freeze frame this new meaning, this new rational
relationship that has entered our understanding and presented itself there to
our cognitive eye. We see something new in our mind, and we desire to codify it,
fossilize it, capture it into a cognitive unit, which is the neo. People talking
to each other produce a stream of cognitive neos for each other’s reception and
When someone throws a cognitive neo at you, you receive it
into your cognitive organ where you apply sense-making procedures to it. The
sense-making procedure (also called “appraisal” or “interpretation”), is
supervised by the affective procedure of value-attachment, which will allow you
to consummate the incoming neos. Value-attaching a neo that you have just
appraised gives you the opportunity to consummate its meaning. You might for
instance say out loud, “Oh, that’s a wonderful expression” (or “strange
expression”), etc. Or you might say nothing, but still evaluate it to yourself
(“I like that expression.” Or “That’s such a truism. I should remember that.”).
Once the communicated neo is consummated, it is ready for
optimizing. This is where commercial, military, and educational uses might be
available. All patentable products or copyrightable text are neos born in the
cognitive organ of some inventor or writer.
Affective neo production includes new loves, new values,
new motives, new satisfactions, new ways of having fun and being happy, new ways
of loving others. Affective un-neos are the opposites of these.
Cognitive neo production includes new ideas, new concepts,
new patterns, new understandings, new descriptions, new doctrines from Sacred
Sensorimotor neo production includes new appearances, new
styles, new products, new ways of performing, new ways of interacting and
One of the great cognitive neos that started modern science
was the heliocentric construction by
Copernicus of the
first correct arrangement of our solar system. Until then the un-neo of an
earth-centric universe reigned in the mind of philosophers and theologians.
It’s interesting to point out that the earth-centric
universe is not true physically, as proven by Galileo, but is true spiritually,
as proven in the Swedenborg Reports.
For more on the spiritual aspects of mental constructions see my Theistic
Psychology Series at:
Many of the neologisms listed after 1975 were created with the collaboration of
my wife Dr. Diane Nahl, who is also a professor at the University of Hawaii, and
author of many neologisms in her field of information science. An instance of
her prowess as a neologist, is demonstrated by what she said to me, recently: "I
neologued your nanoanalysis," which is what I might call a double neologism. I
like "nanoanalysis" which she used to refer to my analysis of something she said
earlier which she thought was super-picky about little things. Current chart
entries that have no comments or links and are marked 2008, are conversational
neologisms constructed while Diane
and I were talking together. Of course I only have a small sample of these neo
they are produced so frequently in our conjugial exchanges.
To access the Master Neochart by alphabetical