Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

supersymmetry
(physics) a theory that tries to link the four fundamental forces
 
cynosure
something that strongly attracts attention and admiration
 
eye-catcher
a striking person or thing that attracts attention
 
expertness
skillfulness by virtue of possessing special knowledge
 
anthroposophy
a system of beliefs and practices based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner; it claims to integrate the practical and psychological in child-centered education
 
frame of reference
a system of assumptions and standards that sanction behavior and give it meaning
 
meteorology
the earth science dealing with phenomena of the atmosphere (especially weather)
 
quadratics
a branch of algebra dealing with quadratic equations
 
pruritus
an intense itching sensation that can have various causes (as by allergies or infection or lymphoma or jaundice etc.)
 
cultus
a system of religious beliefs and rituals
 
promise
grounds for feeling hopeful about the future
 
similarity
a Gestalt principle of organization holding that (other things being equal) parts of a stimulus field that are similar to each other tend to be perceived as belonging together as a unit
 
mythology
the study of myths
 
ignis fatuus
an illusion that misleads
 
old wives' tale
a bit of lore passed on by word of mouth
 
supply-side economics
the school of economic theory that stresses the costs of production as a means of stimulating the economy; advocates policies that raise capital and labor output by increasing the incentive to produce
 
guesstimate
an estimate that combines reasoning with guessing
 
Shiism
the branch of Islam that regards Ali as the legitimate successor to Mohammed and rejects the first three caliphs
 
Planck's law
(physics) the basis of quantum theory; the energy of electromagnetic waves is contained in indivisible quanta that have to be radiated or absorbed as a whole; the magnitude is proportional to frequency where the constant of proportionality is given by Planck's constant
 
infinitesimal
(mathematics) a variable that has zero as its limit
 
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