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Q – What is the Quadranym Model of Sensibility (Q)?

A – Generally, it is a way to help think about thinking.

Q – How does it do that?

A – It uses Polynyms and Quadranyms.

Q – What are they?

A. They are essentially ways to keep things in mind. It is best to think of them as dimensions for thinking tools. For instance, SWOT is a thinking tool commonly used for analyzing business strategies and has four dimensions.

SWOT Dimensions: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats.

SWOT-AnalysisEvery polynym represents a number of dimensions. SWOT is a good example of a Polynym, it presents four dimensions so we call it a quadranym. Freud’s Id, ego and superego is another good example, it has 3 dimensions so we call it a trionym and so on.

Many intellectual theories have involved the creative division of a subject into subordinates. As a psychoanalytical tool, Freud’s denominators are striking. Also in the psychological realm, Carl Jung proposed four ego-functions (Thinking, Feeling, Intuition, Sensation), Paul Ekman theorized six essential moods (Happy, Sad, Angry, Fearful, Surprised, Disgusted), and Gardner defined seven intelligences (Linguistic, Logical, Kinesthetic, Spatial, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal).

Q – Why does the number of dimensions matter?

A – The polynym number pertains to analyzing, organizing and interfacing in this particular system of content. It does not always matter to humans, however it is common to break thinking down into a small number of more manageable parts. Humans intuitively judge quantities, simple geometric shapes can induce emotional responses and musical composers use different bar counts to affect emotions or a sense of development in a score. Humans think in small numbers all the time. Sometimes there’s a relevant dynamic in a number and sometimes there’s not. The Q is a topical interface where the number of dimensions is a potential dynamic and therefor can become a relevant factor between communicating systems.

Q – Is that the polynym function?

A – No, the polynym function is to form strategies for understanding concepts.

Q – How does that work?

A – Generally, polynyms provide Situational Contexts (as opposed to Dynamical Contexts provided by quadranym Q-units as we will touch on later). Every polynym is a strategy that is derived from a topic, or is applied to a topic. In the case of SWOT, Business Strategy is often the topic. However, the dimensions can apply to other topics.

Each polynym dimension is a predicate with a subject variable.

  1. Strengths(x)
  2. Opportunities(x)
  3. Weaknesses(x)
  4. Threats(x)

The topic Business Strategy can also be a predicate with a subject variable.

Business Strategy(x)

The dimensions of SWOT can become the subject of Business Strategy.

Q – How are the dimensional relationships represented?

A – Relationships in and between polynym dimensions can be generally illustrated with semantic networks.

Q – Why is it called The Quadranym Sensibility Model and not The Polynym Sensibility Model?

A. In The Q Sensibility Model, individual predicates can be combined to form any number of polynym dimensions. On the other hand, subjects of predicates are  configured to represent four fundamental dimensions of the system. This is called the Quadranym Sensibility Unit (Q-unit). Q-units are Dynamical Contexts used as frames of scripts which form into layers, each layer a polynym dimension.

For instance, Strength(x) can be represented in four dimensions based on the Q categorical axiom.

The Q Categorical Axiom:

  • States: actual ⊇ potential
  • Modes: potential ⊇ actual

(∀x) Strength(x) → [Actual{…}(potential{…}) ⊇ Potential{…}(actual{…})](x)

Q – Is every subject a Q-unit?

A – No, Q-units do not always apply and subjects can return as predicates. However, Q units represent the normative content of a system.

Dynamical contexts are analyzed in, units, scripts and layers. Specifically, the Q aims to help deal with the normativity of meaning and content.

Q – Why normative subjects in four dimensions, why not other numbers?

A – For normal communications subjects are broken down into any number of dimensions. Our system works on two levels, on the inter-personal level where all dimensions are configured as predicates, and on the intra-personal or responsive level where only quadrant dimensions are used. We find quadrants to be a concise and consistent method to optimize the general and normative dimensions of topics. It is simply our approach.

Q – How should one generally think about this approach to content?

A – Let’s first consider the semantic triangle (trionym: reference, referent and symbol), it is a classic model that aims to deal with sentential thinking and how truth conditions apply to the relationships between symbols and people. We can think of the right side of the triangle as representing those things perceived in the world, and the left side of as representing the symbols for those things. Notice how both sides form the apex of thought or reference. The Q-unit refers to this apex as a responsiveness.


(C. K. Ogden and I. A. Richards (1923) The Meaning of Meaning)

Q – Is the Q essentially implicating some kind of mental representation?

A – No, theoretically it is about responses, not mentally represented but enacted.  It might be best thought of as enacted perceptions or experiential traces. Theoretically, any object of an enacted perception can be replaced by another object.  We will call this a dynamical context (Q topic). As a context, it is not about the semantic truth of the object in the world but what fits with the dynamic sense of it. This is what a Q-unit represents.

Q – How is meaning to be interpreted in this method of representation.

A – Of course, symbols don’t mean anything people do, so to interpret the meaning of content we aim to emphasize the dynamic of the perception and not the semantic truth of those things perceived. The sensibility model deals with how content is dynamically oriented in a system. Theoretically, this will effect the positive and negative valence in a system’s approach to any topic. Orientations generally represent a standpoint or attitude.

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