A collection of terms and concepts that I learned and found interesting.


the highest form of love, charity.


the idea is that humans possess innate knowledge and that learning consists of rediscovering that knowledge from within.


a personal name aptly or peculiarly suited to its owner.


state of transition.


the world of the story, as opposed to the world of the audience.

Frequency Illusion

is a cognitive bias in which, after noticing something for the first time, there is a tendency to notice it more often, leading someone to believe that it has an increased frequency of occurrence.

Hedonic Treadmill

tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events.

Jumps the Shark

a creative work or outlet appears to be making a stunt in a seemingly exhaustive attempt to generate elevated attention or publicity to something that was once perceived as popular, but is no longer.

Kettle Logic

rhetorical device wherein one uses multiple arguments to defend a point, but the arguments are inconsistent with each other.

Kingdom of Ends

a world in which all human beings are treated as ends (meaning treated as if they and their well-being are the goal), not as mere means to an end for other people.


useless objects. When no one is around, kipple reproduces.

Magical Thinking

the belief that unrelated events are causally connected despite the absence of any plausible causal link between them, particularly as a result of supernatural effects.


data that contains information about other data.


the roadlike reflection of moonlight on water.


used when dining at Japanese restaurants where the customer leaves it up to the chef to select and serve seasonal specialties.


the tendency for perception to impose a meaningful interpretation on a nebulous stimulus, so that one sees an object, pattern, or meaning where there is none.

Semantic Satiation

psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning for the listener.

Shiny Object Sindrome

a condition in which a person is easily distracted by new and exciting ideas, projects, or opportunities.


a representation or imitation of a person or thing.


the philosophical idea that only one’s mind is sure to exist.

Suspension of Disbelief

the avoidance of critical thinking or logic in examining something unreal or impossible in reality.


primordial universe, supreme, limitless; infinite.