The beginning

You Can Teach Yourself Anything.

Why your foundation starts with the history of the word and cognitive synonyms?

The birth place of words are in peoples minds. They become the blocks we use to build what we see, hear, taste, touch and smell (our senses). When we read we are condensing our senses into a chain of links from a set of symbols we call words.

For example, how could I tell you the meaning of etymology? If all I said was: “etymology is the history of a word.”

  • Would you accept this as true?
  • Would you be able to recall the meaning when you heard it again someplace?

What if I told you the story of etymology is rooted in the combination of two Greek words (etymo-logia).

  • The first part of etymology comes from the Greek word “etymos” and the Greek translation of etymos is “true sense.”
  • The second part of etymology, also comes from a Greek word “logia” which means the “study of” or “a speaking of.”

Now combine the story of etymology, which means in Greek “the study of the true sense”, with the current meaning of the word, “the history of a word”. Does the words current meaning become easier to relate too?

How words work:

  • Words are the anchors we create to describe our concepts.
  • These anchors become our vocabulary.
  • We then use our vocabulary to describe to others our thoughts and beliefs.

The purpose of having a list of the history of a word at the beginning is to build the relationship to the word. In fact the history of the word “history” literally means “to see.” To be able to see the origins of a word creates the links to the chain of “when” a words story sprouted in someones mind.

The cognitive synonyms (synset for short) are the present relatives of the word. They provide fresh mental anchors to the words story.

Read the groups of words to see their birth.

Connect with the anchors to the story of the words to see how they’ve grown.

Etymology and Cognitive Synonyms (synsets)

Anchors for your 5 Senses:

What is foundation?

fundatio; origin: Latin
“a founding”
fundare; origin: latin
“to lay the bottom”
foundation; synset:
the basis on which something is grounded.

What is skill?

skaljo; origin: Proto-Germanic
“divide, separate”
skill; synset:
an ability acquired by training.

What is acquisition?

acquitere; origin: Latin
“get in addition, accumulate”
from- ad- “extra” + quaerere- “to seek to obtain”
acquisition; synset:
something acquired.

Putting Everything Together: Foundation for skill acquisition

The ability for individuals to gather skills for life has been centralized in institutions. Modern society has conditioned “us” to believe we must seek the guidance from these educational cathedrals.

When you understand history you can understand the complete story. All current institutions have a root. Follow the path and you soon discover knowledge is gained through books and a systematic method of thinking.

All knowledge is composed of language. The mouth sounds we call language comes from our tongue. In fact the word language is from the Latin word linga, which means tongue.

Language is a form of technology we use to describe our world. The world we understand is experienced through our five senses. The facts we gather in life are acquired through site, sound, taste, touch, and smell.

The elders left us a technological tool we can systematically apply to gather facts and create knowledge. This particular method is a written representation of how our brains work to understand our world. The 3 step algorithm: Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric.

  1. Grammar: (gramma- “letter”; origin: Greek)
    • gather the facts and define the terms.
    • think of this as data input.
  2. Logic: (logo- “word, speech, discourse”, ” to reason” ; from leg- ” to collect” origin: Greek):
    • evaluate the facts.
    • look for fallacies in the logic scheme.
    • think of this as processing the data gathered.
    • are they true or false? “Why?”
  3. Rhetoric: (rhema-“word, phrase, verb” literal meaning- “that which is spoken”; origin: Greek):
    • form your own opinion using your own words.
    • This final step is done when:
      1. the terms have been defined from the facts gathered.
      2. test if facts are valid or invalid. Why?
    • the final step is the output medium from the information gathered.
    • Examples of output media forms:
      • lectures
      • journal
      • essay
      • book
      • video
      • illustrations
    • anything which represents understanding of the knowledge gathered.

Letters form Words; Words form Thoughts; Thoughts form Speech

The method of thinking has a formal label: The trivium method. The trivium method is a series of loops (input, process, output), which forms a base (foundation) of language. The base is used to demonstrate the knowledge attained. The goal of using the trivium method is to understand the original source, which allows you to understand the original definitions.

The secret of using the Trivium is you can learn anything. The goal of learning is to acquire skills to live freely. The elders who we celebrate in the institutions we “pay” to attend knew this method. Currently we begin our schooling at a young age in preparation to acquire a skill to earn a living by working for someone.

The goal of this portal is to do what humans have always done: Learn and Grow. The world is connected like never before because of the technology we have developed. Don’t believe the only way to grow is with the current model we are conditioned to follow. “Create new systems and make the old systems obsolete.”

Learn By Doing

Socrates once claimed: the unexamined life is not worth living. Examine your life and ask yourself some hard questions about how and why we learn.

Look for inspiration from around the world. Look at the people, artisans, business, corporations, industries, and institutions you admire. Look at what services they provide. Discover how you can recreate their methods. Then recreate what they offer on a local scale. Use them as templates to achieve what you desire.

Thought Experiment

  • Why do I need to go to these institutions to understand these languages?
  • Who benefits the most in the current system of learning?
  • Can I learn these languages from a book technology?
  • Can I create my own curriculum (root word is currere; to run, move quickly) to learn these languages?
  • What does the certificate of completion from these institutions mean?
  • Do I want to be my own boss (boss from- baas “a master”; origin: Dutch)?
  • How do I create the relationships to build my own network?

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