Category Archives: Symbols

Never the Less

Through the mask
Determining means

In the latent potential of immanence, the inner side of things offer a spiritual entree into a veiled material world of which we are a constituent. The fundamental tendency, that creative subjectivity is disclosed and manifested in all artwork, even without the artist willing or knowing it, passes through successive stages.

“The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.” – Alfred North Whitehead

Heuristic Way

Mental shortcut
Cognitive load
Decision making

Cryptic numbers and symbols mysteriously appear around manhole covers, consistent with human causation.

“If there is a problem you can’t solve, then there is an easier problem you can solve: find it.” – George Pólya

Other Levels

Further elaboration
Inspection specificity
Quickly distinct

No virtue of the intellect can live in isolation, but rather in an integrated system of beliefs and values.

“Using the design of the American flag took care of a great deal for me because I didn’t have to design it. So I went on to similar things like the targets – things the mind already knows. That gave me room to work on other levels.” – Jasper Johns

Must Signify

Way by which
Meaning implicates
More than it is

Poetic intuition is creative with respect to the engendering of the work, and cognitive with respect to what is grasped by the work. Creative intuition is cognitive in considering internal and external reality, directed toward concrete existence as connatural to the soul infused by a given emotion.

“We are aware of things, and what we are aware of–with the attendant sensible qualities–is held to have an existence independent of our own activity.” – John W. Hanke

Seek Peace

Open truth
From within
Mutual edification

Even though it is an act of disruptive disrespect, some graffiti is affirmative in its purposeful message. In this case, the elimination of unnecessary violence seems universally desirable. Of course, there could be legitimate dispute over what is judged nonessential, particularly as some naturally occurring forces are destructive.

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin

Being Around

Keep off the dunes
Aggregate assembly
Symbol attraction

Opportunistic engagement between the inclinations of concurrent individuals apparently results in the evolution of complex territorial social strategies. In an adaptive system, the complex and the simple are relative modalities subject to change over time.

“The past is the wind that sets the sails of the present into motion.” – Walter Benjamin


Enigmatically guiding
Spatial relation
Directional didactic

Indicated on the parking lot surface, ambiguity embraces cognitive dissonance. In a symbolic gesture of progression oversight, exposure stimulus formulates implicit memories capable of a programmed response to later unrelated inducement encounters.

“You must accept the alien idea that your actions and your emotions can be primed by events of which you are not even aware.” – Daniel Kahneman

Wine Sign

Presence of things
Intentional movement
Investigation program

Exploring a small town on a cross-country trip, once again the Lacanian mirror stage is suddenly encountered. At this point of development, the recognition of self is simultaneously the realization of self-instability. A transformation takes place in the subject when he assumes an image.

“The laws that govern being–individual or ideal–are not derived from the nature of thought; structures of thought must not be passed off as the structures of things.” – Emmanuel Levinas

Take a Gander

Direct the gaze
View to establish
Appearance impression

Road wisdom helps get you through the day. A public service message located at a designated pedestrian crossing offers good advice for all times and places.

“We pick up fragments to shore against our ruin.” – Robert Sokolowski


Designated area
Primary purpose
Occurrence indication

Independent words outside of syntagmatic arrangements have an unlimited potential for association. In this regard, a synchronic language investigation addresses language and/or allied components considered as fixed incidents existing at a singular moment of time. Alternatively, a diachronic language investigation opens-up a language’s development over evolutionary time.

“Language is a system of interdependent terms in which the value of each term results solely from the simultaneous presence of the others.” – Ferdinand De Saussure