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95 definitions by Mikhail Epstein

 
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ambipathy n (Latin, Greek ambi- (or amphi), both, on both sides + Greek pathos, feeling) - a mixture of sympathy and antipathy, of attraction and repulsion; a condition of being torn apart by conflicting feelings and aspirations.
"... At once I hate and love as well," - this line by Catullus, Roman poet of the first century BC, is one of the first literary expressions of ambipathy.

Dmitry Karamazov in Dostoevsky says that "a man is too broad" and is equally attracted by the two abysses--the upper and the lower ones, the ideal of Madonna and the ideal of Sodom. In this sense, Dmitry and perhaps Dostoevsky himself are the brightest manifestations of this common trait of ambipathy.
by Mikhail Epstein November 06, 2003
 
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inventure (invention+adventure) Ð an adventure of mind, creative and engaging intellectual action.

This book is about the invention of radio, but it reads like a thriller, with one inventure piled upon another.

By cutting reason down to size and establishing its ÒproperÓ limits, Kant encouraged subsequent inventures, a never-ending quest to reach beyond the limits of rational thought.


by Mikhail Epstein November 06, 2003
 
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conaster n from Latin cum, with + Greek astron, star - literally with star, the exact antonym to disaster; the fortunate outcome of an almost imminent disaster; the sensation of a catastrophe narrowly averted and later remembered from the vantage point of safety.


There were several conasters in my life that I cannot recall without thanking God for his undeserved mercy.

You were born under a lucky star. This conaster is an amazing mixture of chance and miracle.
by Mikhail Epstein November 02, 2003
 
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to advertise by dread, to engage in military propaganda.


There are skilled dreadvertisers in our government.
by Mikhail Epstein October 02, 2003
 
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the world after the death of Steve Jobs
We now live in the jobsless and steveless world
by Mikhail Epstein October 06, 2011
 
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corporeal computer, an electronic prosthetic device that through many interconnected microchips and artificial neurons has become a part of human body.
In the future, computers will be transformed into corputers and become integrated with human bodies.
by Mikhail Epstein November 14, 2010
 
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ontology of possible worlds and fanstastic beings. This discipline bridges philosophical thought and artistic imagination.
The task of fantology is to explicate all possibilities of being, including those of alternative worlds, and to ground the practical discipline of world-formation.
by Mikhail Epstein May 30, 2008