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  1. 1. —-5.; _— i7A1_% _ M We W (_ _, _ _—, ‘., . 5-, ;‘—, — x r l i
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  3. 3. United by- -a desire to _ create 5'1 change Design Innovative Social Solutions Community Building
  4. 4. Academic Study & Human interaction, Theology _ _ wellness modalities Psychology Nutritional Science & knowledge systems Cognitive Linguistics Traditional Healing collectively Culture Sr fit‘? Cognition
  5. 5. ow» >"‘¥~ Bu i Id i n g - food Sr tea - event organization - grassroots organizing - evangelism Sr promotion - independent music 8r art - social good projects Applied understanding through life experience . - traditional culture - startup work SOClEll EIWEICECIESS
  6. 6. Greatest academic achievement: Master's Thesis @ Sussex University Utilizing cognitive science to model Traditional Chinese Medical Theory
  7. 7. Cognitive Modeling of Chinese Medical Theory . :iil‘. ;iiiiI: i ~'l!4"l3l'“ ‘Tl’-l“ 3‘ IiI‘Iii: rri: mi-. iili Tiii: Conceptual r ’ Yin—Yang & Blending Theory / The Five Elements rl T ’/ H t ~ v “V” Conceptual Blending, Chinese Five Element Theory SI Cognitive Coherence
  8. 8. Goal: Conduct a case study of Chinese medical theories (Yin—Yang and Five Elements) as an illustrated complex knowledge system within the larger human cognitive framework. Method: Utilize key insights & models provided by conceptual blending theory to look at specific mechanisms involved in the creation of these elaborate knowledge systems.
  9. 9. Conceptual Blending, Chinese Five Element Theory, and Cognitive Coherence Nathan Davis M. A. Thesis University of Sussex—Cognitive Linguistics Dept. Under supervision of: Vyv Evans Abstract Chinese medicine is an ancient form of health care that has relied heavily upon analogical thinking in order to build a complex system of knowledge networks. Cognitive linguistics is a modern approach to understanding encyclopaedic knowledge networks within the human mind. In this study, conceptual blending theory-from cognitive science and linguistics—is utilized to illustrate possible cognitive constructs within the Chinese five—element theory of Chinese medical philosophy. Chinese five-element theory uses a system of analogy and metaphor to understand cosmological patterns of interaction, both within the human body and through interaction with environmental factors. Conceptual blending theory provides a model through which the cognitive reality of these analogical connections can be illustrated and understood by the Western scientific mind. In order to achieve this goal, extensive introductions have been provided to both conceptual blending theory and Chinese five-element theory. This is followed by a series of cognitive models created through the application of conceptual blending to five-element theory. This theoretical data analysis is intended to provide a basis for further study into the application of conceptual blending theory to Chinese scientific philosophy. Summary This case study represents the first step toward establishing mutually beneficial avenues of communication and research between cognitive science and Chinese medicine. The relevance of such an endeavour is established by aligning the similarities between both systems-such as "levels of truth” and metaphoric extension of embodied experience. Upon establishing connections between both systems a more detailed case study is carried out by applying conceptual blending theory from cognitive science to Yin—Yang and Five Element theories in Chinese medicine. Conceptual blending provides the means by which the cognitive networks behind these knowledge systems can be modeled and available to conscious awareness. This case study begins the process of modeling the conceptual integration networks involved in both theories and their metaphoric extension of embodied experience to abstract objective patterns of interaction in the world.
  10. 10. Conceptual Blend Framework FIRE -Maximum Yang -Summer -Noon -South -Mature Yang -Yang within Yang Fig. Y: Yin-Yang Cycle M ETA L -Growth of Yin -Autumn -Sunscl -West S _ -Immature Yin n within Yang - WOOD Growth ol'Yang -Spring -Sunrise -East -Immature Yang -Yang within Yin WATFR —Maximum Yin —WinI: r -Midnighl -North Yin/ Yang Cycle YIN Y/ N(i -Mature Yin -Yin within Yin $1" Generic , Space . ’ 1 ; t . 4 Applied to embodied categorical information from Chinese medical theory
  11. 11. Yin—Yang network blend built image-schematic content mapped & elaborated with lexical information through cross-space mapping from relevant domains Fig 1 Yin-Vang Cycle Network Blend Span-S: |= Cwlic l)u_ 2 Yin/ 'aIig ('_c| (- / Input .1: suwn; _ nn-n. in llmt‘ ' l‘Iremei: I Sunmicv IIIICI Spring Aulunm Inlrnnl smsun cniuh . mi~nIlIs x [Ix-Illenls ‘. Illl(I. lumyvcralurc. -Llnlly / ‘ rhllllt‘ sciusunml my Generic spm { Dlinhlln Trnnrc I lnlcnul I cllglli Kc) fly Fig. lb Yin-Vang Cy: -lo Blend: Scusonsl Phenom. Motion Inpul 2; 'in— an: (‘ma i)n. n.in. pul. L'r| II‘nL’ mm. ursmus r. .m~nn~ '. .ng Ym Inlenal rrlaliic l. cnIuh Vcl-IIHU | u>_ nu Ir. IvN| Iun. |vn| Ii: rvIi: d I I lllend I: Scaled in rii Yin-Yang cyue I I. mnr. .icd Hlcnd —I Ink 2.! ‘ 2h S| rIL'llr< Ali 'in— Yang | .')LlE u~ciLi~ Iclt-rem’: lnimr lnr ~. 'lIm[)V€Sl0n in all cycles Ph= m>m: rIiIlugiI. .Il Mnlu-n Aim Ll{. <II upon lur Imago Ns. '7|: 'Vli. VilI. ‘ rcprtscmalnm I| ;l.1bur. ilsd Blend h_ III| )IIl 5: Phcnumrnollrglul Vluliun ‘ llumilin . .-an mm. Cvshlné F. lIrrIm: : Lpnnni ti. -nnnnru. rxnnnsncwnniu. £' inn-mi Nlnlixr l. cnu| II n»i. nnl- Kt} Illeinerus nnnmn. IJiIi: clivn. I|II} I umn. .im . .r fiJ; I.‘-Ill'IL' ImIIpI'ss«‘Ll year Inleruls and lenglhs )) iiuiisiini . InLl nnilprcsscnl In til bl: -nd—YIn—Y.1IIg . -3.1: llm )u. I>1iIIi. l_iL'2|I Hlghllghlul elunrnls calhcr, Icm mum. .. .»in. n urn | uII. IlIl). II'nn$IIInrI_ | )aIlcmcrl mniipn v m
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  14. 14. i H is ‘[5 1 i :1 ii A; s l“ understand & model complex knowledge systems _ u « from within 1 Traditional Chinese Medicine Create a conversation between traditional & modern healing modalities link to full thesis on slideshare:
  15. 15. Most notable community-building projects Taiwanese cultural arts traditional tea culture Taiwan @ SXSW
  16. 16. I I21 can : maze: f i T , * a / . ‘ ‘I _ ~ ‘. ' ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ a ‘‘7‘ ‘l ‘ _ : Twig ‘. ( . .:. -I4 1‘ J- is ‘S , ‘ ~= -7" - . N z __. ). ‘ 1 V . ‘ . -T. ’ ‘~ V’ I, ‘ g "The Austin Tea Syndicate: If you dig through all theJ)'ea| ea'/ es, ‘ v. .. local Nathan Davis is inspired by and promotes Taiwan's”Independent art scene" ‘ r~”
  17. 17. searching for wisdom Sr knowledge I originally traveled East of I ended up Taiwanese immersing culture . myself in two distinctly different areas
  18. 18. Found myself driven to CREATE CHANGE / independent traditional arts scene 8‘ tea culture discover innovative ways to in awareness to these i e known cultures
  19. 19. A3; - Local underground band makes history After 10 years, several lineup changes and a major musical redirection, the members of KbN made history when they played Saturday night at the Elysium club in Austin, Texas >'~‘Taipei Times headline PROJECT: f Brought first band from I Taiwan ever to play SXSW 2008 J (St a reporter from the Taipei Times) ‘.5 GOAL: ’ Stimulate indie arts 8! music scene in Taiwan RESULT: Government and local support increased substantially 8: annuajjaiwanese showcase at SXSW in subsequent years
  20. 20. The Tea Syndicate A| S0Cf€3t9d 3 BTOUP _g_}. . , - regu| ar"tea sessions" to promote traditional A J; - lar vent production Chinese tea culture , i'§ E . ed ' namixtapes __ __ —. through: syndicatedtca. wordp1*ess. com
  21. 21. _——. -cw. .. . . V F :4 Monday Apn"I15, 12:45 Vnaiprr , ‘Classmomlt l . ._. ._l, .._. ’". ‘l§: IiIIvl! 'l‘= §|': limtfle. ‘z'}_9), ILi"§§ rm. v I 1 fl — The Saturday Tea Sessions * H ’ * in the Urban Tea Room @ Dailyjuice Cafe Y I . lhv: liid. x fll‘llIlNIlI In: M «~10 -~ 4 ' in-. M». ll~. - E ‘t l- w ' 5]_ l 5, Saturdays in April V Open Sessions 2-5pm ' J , t I ‘ ‘: « h ' i Brougm :0 yet; by ‘ L The Tea Syndicate ’ ‘ fa’ _. . . .- ‘ , -miitacejzta wordprcss CD1 ~ V ', r ' ‘ . _ V" , 1 _ » l q ‘ — , — A 3 " ‘. _ l3ri(l. i_v. <1n Max " E 4 l I _ " «I ‘I 3:: :0—5:31>pm ’ - i-*1" l. :7 l
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  24. 24. I have a great deal of insight and acquired knowledge from intellectual pursuits ‘nu-. nil | |llIl'-lfA‘"n"-lIl| l"l| lf- u' : IIliIIr'. '.Inl 1.1.111 IihIIl:4‘- ilIrI1|l:4I~gltmrunfr l| woll'mnI'-HI Tllll : unInlII| ll; ' Illllhllnz. My current life focus is scaling business St creating sustainable change for social good
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