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In the CT models, an alias is a non-literal term used to describe a cognitive function or group of functions working together. An alias operates as a nickname or laymen shorthand to refer to an otherwise technical concept, with the purpose of allowing for more personable communication. However, these alias should not be confused with the use of these terms in other domains of academia, where they may have different meanings.

Function Explanations

The following are examples of aliases in the models, and how their CT meanings differ from meanings which may exist in other disciplines.

Platonism / Animism

The term platonism is used as an alias for G- or Ti. The term is itself an abbreviation for J- (Ji) essentialism + abiotic (T), which gives us "abiotic essentialism." Thus, what is meant by platonism is identical to abiotic essentialism. Abiotic essentialism is a mode of thought which seeks to isolate essential definitions through a remote, non-anthropomorphic ontology. Here, being-ness is impersonal. Even if the topic at hand is a person, they will be described in a platonic fashion - as though from a textbook or dictionary.

The term animism is the counterpart to platonism, as an abbreviation for "biotic essentialism," which is R- or Fi. Biotic essentialism is likewise seeking essential definitions, but not by depersonalizing or describing matters remotely. Instead, the definitions given include a biotic ontology of the topic, registering it as animate.

Other Uses:

However, since these are alias, we do not mean that Fi/Te users cannot generate platonic concepts, when we use the academic definition of platonic. Philosophers and mathematicians of both Fe/Ti and Te/Fi axes make use of platonic principles in their work often. In CT, the term platonism is simply a convenient shorthand for G-/Ti's operation, and is not literally equivalent to platonic thought as described in other literature. The combined activity of both functions in an axes can produce both forms of information in both types.

Mechanics / Teleology

The term mechanics is used as an alias for R+ or Te. The term is itself an abbreviation for J+ (Je) causality + abiotic (T). What is meant by mechanics here is abiotic causality, which seeks to recognize causalities (Je) remotely (T), with an impersonal ontology. As such, R+/Te registers cause and effect in a clinical fashion, as inanimate operations.

The term teleology is used as an alias for G+ or Fe. The term is itself an abbreviation for J+ (Je) causality + biotic (F). What is meant by teleology here is biotic causality, which is to say cause and effect infused with intent, purpose and will. The causality registered by R+/Fe itself is 'aiming' for a a given outcome, as though willfully moving in a vector towards a 'someplace.'

Other Uses:

Naturally, R+/Fe can also register the "mechanics" of things, if we take the general sense of the word. This does not mean that R+/Fe is non-mechanical in its thoughts, if we take that to mean it fails to produce accurate causal sequences. Indeed, many R+/Fe types excel as engineers, but the processes are never without willful purpose. CT's connection of Te with the alias mechanics and Fe with teleology, is meant only to highlight the different flavors that both processes have, in how they treat causality as abiotic or biotic respectively.

Actuality / Potentiality


Locality / Trans-Locality


Quadrant Explanations