Thermoaesthetic Expressions

Thousands of popular, idiomatic expressions have been selected for aesthetically in languages due to the amusing, contradictory way in which they reference psychologically opposite (more and less arousing) perceptual phenomena.

Thermoaesthetics

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Wassily Kandinsky’s “Composition VII.” Photo from WikiArt. Public domain.

Contents

Aesthetic Dualities
Deriving Aesthetic Structures
Mixture Lists
Heat
Fluidity
Dynamism
Disorder
Brightness
Upwardness
Outwardness
Multiplicity (Many and Few) in Language
Roundness, Length and Spikiness in Language
Longer Aesthetic Sequences and Degrees of Excitement
Works Cited

Aesthetic Dualities

From the existence of the popular, memetic expressions listed in the sections below it’s evident that languages are aesthetic and made up of alternating references to various simple, more and less exciting dualistic opposites. Dualities considered here, with the more exciting quality written first, include: hot — cold, fluid — solid, dynamic — static, disorder — order, bright — dark, up — down, out — in, many — few, high-pitch — low-pitch, spiky — round and long — round.

The given exciting qualities are related in a category in the subconscious mind and the less exciting opposite qualities are related in an opposite mental category. Heat subconsciously reminds us of dynamism, disorder, brightness, upwardness, outwardness and other exciting things such as anger and sex. Meanwhile coldness is reminiscent of stasis, order, darkness, downwardness, inwardness and other lower-excitement qualities as well as feelings of depression and isolation.

As a result of these and other universal subconscious associations we recognize a set of dualities not observably present in the outside world. One can choose any member of the more exciting quality category, mix it perceptually with any quality from the…

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Thermoaesthetics

A concept of aesthetic complexity based on universal animal preferences for mixtures of simple, more and less exciting physical and psychological opposites.