SH 12-10-18 (1)(open scan link for clearer image)
I just transcribed a page from Somatics by Thomas Hannah. I was pleased with how quickly I could write it and how compact it is. I came up with a right-on id for “prow” immediately.
As always, anyone actually interested in this can write to me for detailed explanation of this post.
I took notes on this video in ids, my preferred way of writing. A few spontaneous new id creations arose, as is usually the case. I love how ideas that have proven intractable, difficult problems to represent satisfactorily in ids are solved spontaneously, I think because my subconscious has been working on them. The subconscious does the work anyway! I often think of Mark Johnson’s contention that “image schemas” underly conceptualization and categorization. What is an “image schema” other than a natural (proto-) ideogram? I believe that by consciously working with ideograms one is working with one’s subconscious, improving it. And if, as the cognitive scientists like Johnson and Lakoff say, 95% of thought is un(sub-)conscious, then improving the subconscious with conscious ideograms opens a royal road to improved mental integration and mental self-mastery.
Writing things out with regular script is to me tedious, boring, slow, dead, while writing with ids is fast, exciting, vibrant, creative, rich, alive.
As I say in my note, as with my id for “contemplate,” I love it when I cut the umbilical cord of attachment to Latin roots, often a semantic ball and chain tying a word/idea to outmoded and not-very-sensical Latin. “Contemplate”: com-, here probably an intensive prefix (see com-), + templum “area for the taking of auguries”. The id, on the other hand, fixes the idea with accuracy, graphic vividness, and semantic elan (at least I think so). Ideograms are freeing–a means of moving forward with English.
In grappling with a complex idea like this it seems worthwhile to have an image, at least as a starting point, not that it captures the whole thing.
I am still creating every day, just not sharing much. I create ids constantly; they are a big permanent part of my mental makeup, a richly rewarding means of relating to words and ideas. Here are some creations I made while lying in bed thinking a bit before rising and while going through the motions of making my coffee.
in the second sentence “up” is a person standing beside a bed–more expressive than ordinarily written English!
the graphic opposite of rut given transcends ordinary English. We don’t have a word for that. Ids are NOT merely a way of stupidly transcribing English; they create new takes on ideas and go beyond, adding linguistic freedom.
I am still here in the German speaking world and came across this this morning. To me put into ids it is brighter and more poetic.
These, assuming you personalize them , and maybe without, can give you greater access to your own ideas, greater access to your own mind, including your subconscious.
I am in Berlin and will give a presentation on neoideograms at Kali Psychedelic Bookstore on the evening of May 18th. See their facebook page for details.