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  • n. The principle whereby the superabundance of one force inevitably produces its opposite, as with physical equilibrium.


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  • This concept is brilliantly depicted in the Taoist symbol of "yin-yang". The "eyes" of the contrasting yin and yang complements represent the seed of its opposite whereby it "sees". Imagine that each eye expands until its color fills the containing yin or yang figure while a new eye, of contrasting color, emanates in the center of a new eye, and the whole process repeats indefinitely.

    June 20, 2016

  • adoption of beliefs opposite to those previously held

    March 21, 2011

  • fata-morgana

    July 29, 2009

  • greek is the
    description of the highest point of the arc
    of a pendulim's swing, and the
    slight pause there. before it swings back to the opposite direction... great metaphor for the human condition.

    July 29, 2009

  • A Jungian concept, apparently. (I had a nice citation, but it turned out to misspell the word in question.)

    October 23, 2008

  • The urge to take the road less travelled?

    September 1, 2008

  • Oho! So do I.

    September 1, 2008

  • The changing of something into its opposite. I love this concept very much.

    May 12, 2008