What Is A Quadranym Anyway?

Rough Draft

A Quadranym outlines a topic or context using only four words

The Prime Q is an exemplary Quadranym:

EROS: Expansive, Reductive, Objective, Subjective.

Concepts can fall into the dimensions of the Prime Q.

S Class: General subjective term examples; opinions, perspectives, beliefs, desires, feelings, intrapersonal, personal ideas of right and wrong.

O Class: General objective term examples; identify, select, practice, operate, list, decide, interpersonal, social ideas of right and wrong.

E Class: General expansive term examples, group; over, all, new, activity, learning, playing or a kind of child like view of life where the world is constantly unfolding.

R Class: General reductive term examples; it, that, you , me, fact, in, down, measure, application, working or a kind of adult view of life where the world needs controlling.

The above dimension classes are a rough guide. How they relate may depend on how they nest together. Quadranyms will normally belong to a domain or realm, such as, emotional, social, physical, spatial or temporal.


The Q-unit is the central idea of the Q-system and can seem a little confusing at first. It’s actually easy to imagine. One can simply think of the Prime Q as a lump of clay, virtually formless until acted on with expression and skill. Clay can be pushed in concavely, pulled out convexly, flattened, or shaped into a ball. The activity begins by interacting with the clay that ultimately entails interacting with the experiences of one’s perception. The Prime Q, like clay, can be fashioned into any number of topical forms.


Some people have said that the prime Q reminds them of infinity, well, it does present an infinite potential to which when acted upon, like when acting on a lump of clay, can become something definitive.

Below are two topical forms nested together. Topics nest in any number.


The quadranym presents a general framework for a viewpoint.

The subjective point is always the zero-point of reference to any topic.

  •  hungry is the zero-point of the topic eat, as in, “let’s get something to eat”. This is because the objective in this Q-unit is, food.
  • motion is the zero-point of the topic, energy, as in, “I rather be hit by a feather than a bus”. This is because the objective in this Q-unit is, matter.

The two topics relate to each other, as in, “I’m feeling weak and need something to eat”.

The concept hungry becomes the concept food.

  • Translates: “hungry <requires> food”.

The concept motion becomes the concept matter.

  • Translates “motion <requires> matter“.

The active-passive and state-starve dimensions provide measure to the subjective and objective dimensions, e.g., assess energy, assess eat.

  • For instance: “energy = Active(motion) <requires> Passive(matter)”.

In the topic energy, motion is only objective when it involves matter. This reflects the system’s standpoint or attitude on the topic, energy. Within the context of this topical attitude, one is allowed to apply matter to motion where all matter is motion in some way. Thus, Motion is the zero-point or singularity of the topic and matter is the reference-point or multiplicity.  Yet, in this attitude, motion can not be objective unless it involves matter or some other objective. The same goes for hungry in the topic eat, it is only objective when it involves food or some other objective. As a rule, these topical attitudes only apply within the Q environs to which they belong. How deeply environs are nested becomes a factor for any attitude.

The key to the model are orientations and how they are mapped in a system. The Q-unit is very plastic and many different rules can apply to the operations of orientations. For instance, <requires> pertains to a concept of Q called the acquisition-copula, this connects a subjective to an objective. It is generally represented as, <find> and takes on different forms, such as, <acquires>, <requires>, <provides>, <becomes> and so on.

Final Thoughts: It is important to keep in mind that all terms are relative to each other and to the system in which they function. Remember that the idea is to create a model of sensibility to predict how a particular system responds to its content.

  • Topical interoperability is the ability to adopt or reject the topical orientations of other systems.

To perceive an objective concept requires a sensibility. The zero-point of reference is most important to sensibility but most irrelevant to the actual nature of things in the world. This is why science is necessary, it debugs the sensibilities that we acquire and hold up to the world as being true.

Further Reading: The Zero-Point