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dichotomy

1. Logic the division of a class into two mutually exclusive subclasses
2. Botany a simple method of branching by repeated division into two equal parts
3. the phase of the moon, Venus, or Mercury when half of the disc is visible

dichotomy

(dÿ-kot -ŏ-mee) The moment of exact half-phase of the Moon, Mercury, or Venus.

dichotomy

[dī′käd·ə·mē]
(astronomy)
The phase of the moon or an inferior planet at which exactly half of its disk is illuminated and the terminator is a straight line.
(biology)
Divided in two parts.
Repeated branching or forking.
(computer science)
A division into two subordinate classes; for example, all white and all nonwhite, or all zero and all nonzero.
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By rejecting the tyranny of the false dichotomies that have been forced upon us, perhaps we can move toward better governance - and the realization that there are far more issues that unite us than our politicians would like us to think.
On comparing the distribution of responses, the findings indicated some correlation between specific dichotomies of MBTI, ILS, and LP.
Findings show that there is a predominant ILS type for each of the MBTI types based on the frequency distribution of the ILS dichotomies.
In fact, all the assumptions of mid-20th-century career trajectories: linear, upwards progress, full-time, relatively unbroken, and so on, can all be reconceived as the over-commitment to one side of these several dichotomies that do not work for most people in this 'successful' way.
Just when we thought that the question of whether sociologists continue to see `the individual' and `society' as separate entities was settled long ago, and the transcendence of this and other dichotomies is simply part of sociology's inheritance, Margaret Archer tells us it is ontologically founded and that:
This is a powerful postmodernist idea in which dichotomies such as the true and the false, the important and the trivial, and the enduring and the ephemeral lose their previous importance.
As a result, the dichotomies picked up some theoretical baggage which is not relevant to council-manager government.
Essentially a sort of mechanical drawing in space with an exploded view that shows all the individual parts, it is based on the dichotomies inside/outside and organic/inorganic.
secular criticism debates and internal inconsistency based upon false dichotomies.
The Rorschach-esque quality of Vyakul's works bespeaks the importance of what the viewer brings to them, and they are enlivened with dichotomies inherent to mysticism: asceticism and sensuality, hermeticism and the explicit, contemplation and action.
I thought the way to respond was to find a critical space to animate discussion around neglected areas, to begin to build a network through which values, agreements - even disagreements - about certain issues beyond those dichotomies could be reconstituted within a fluid space of practice.
Of course, this particular tango readily translates into juicier metaphysical dichotomies for those who'd rather look for the spiritual in art.