PSYCHO-ANALYTIC SYSTEMS

EPOCTICS

This is a formal domain lying between logic and applied theory.

It is the study of formal properties emerging from the relation of
base to height to shape to impression.

It may be seen as part of the psychology of aesthetics.

The shape of a thing is considered flexible, while the base and the
height are considered to be the functors of theory.

The feeling or impression of the thing depends on the shape.

So, for example,















In this figure,

Very small shapes of a certain type may be 'too subtle' e.g. too
subtle to perceive or comprehend, or make an impression.

At a particular size, the shapes begin to add up to make
impressions. The overall impression, however, is often one of
multiple shapes combined into one shape. Thus, the big shape (C)
is unattainable: it is really a composite of smaller shapes.

One way to view Epoctics is that it is the science of the hierarchy
of shapes. But it is really more specialized than that. Epoctics
sees shapes in terms of dots, and may relate through Gestalt
theory to concepts of completeness and compositionality.
Through the importance of Gestalt theory, it becomes a domain of
psychology, and also through its insistence on measurable
aesthetic properties.


    
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