You are no doubt familiar with this book because I made a video on it and, in a previous video, I showed you how an author used the Power of Three to structure this book.
And this is a no small book, we’re talking about three volumes, approximately 1,500 pages.
And my point was that using the Power of Three, if this author could write 1,500 pages, then writing 1,500 words or ten pages, or something like that, is going to be super easy if you use my methods.
Now in this video, I will show you how this exact author used the Power of Dualities to keep coming up with ideas.
So let’s take a look again at the frontispiece of this book. In the previous video (I’ll post the link below) I showed you that essentially he used three partitions to structure this book.
So that’s the Power of Three right there. But there’s another way he used the Power of Three – he cut it up philosophically, medicinally, and historically.
Very interesting, right?
But we’re talking about the Power of Dualities in this video. So let’s look at how this author uses those.
Now this is the synopsis of the first partition – essentially its outline.
And let’s just go through all the dualities – not all of them because there are so many.
Well, let me show you some of these.
Look: He says “Of the body or the head.”
You see – the body versus the head. Body and head are not necessarily opposites, but it’s a duality.
You’re no doubt familiar with the expression “body – mind medicine.”
Why? Because it is the kind of medicine that uses the body and the mind or the synergy between the body and the mind. So it is a duality. These are not necessarily opposites; these are more complementaries.
The religious could say, “You don’t own the body; forget the body, just take care of the soul,” or something like that. These concepts – “body” and “soul” then become opposites.
But really they are complementaries, body, and soul. But the author uses them here as a duality.
Contained or containing. That’s a duality as well.
Supernatural or natural. An obvious duality, and these are pretty much the opposites. Supernatural is kind of opposite to natural because the supernatural is something that is non-physical, and something that is natural is physical.
Next – inward or outward. This is a duality, and you can see these are opposites as well because one is inside and another is outside.
Next, look how this duality of inward and outward is repeated. Again, inward and outward, and again, inward and outward.
This is a very, very good lesson. If you have found a good way to subdivide any of your sections, you can use it and reuse it to divide any of the other sections just the way the author is doing here.
You see? You don’t have to necessarily stick to one kind of duality because of the fear of being repetitious in another section, no. You won’t be repetitious because you’re talking about something else but you’re simply dividing it into two parts just like you did in the previous section.
It’s going to be a completely different section, different content but structured this way, structured in terms of duality.
Next, quality versus quantity. Now this is a duality. Not necessarily opposites, more like complementaries, but definitely a duality.
Quality vs quantity. We usually think of quality and quantity as competing against each other. It’s either quantity or quality. It doesn’t necessarily have to be that way but, again, it is definitely a duality.
Again, body or mind. Body or mind are repeated three times. Again the author does exactly the same thing. The content is going to be different but it’s going to be structured this way in terms of dualities. He uses the power of dualities to help him structure his argument.
Next, this is the synopsis of the second partition, and we’ll go straight to the duality “general or particular.”
Particular, meaning specific. So again, it’s general versus specific. It’s definitely a duality but pretty much also a duality of opposites because the general is pretty much opposite to particular or specific.
Next, unlawful versus lawful. Again, another duality, of course, a duality of opposites.
Next, from himself or from his friends. Now, there is me in this world, and there are other people. So it’s you and others. It’s a duality again.
It is just an intellectual duality, not necessarily spiritual or philosophical in any way.
It is just a way to intellectually structure an argument.
Liquid or solid. An obvious duality of pretty much opposites. Ice is solid, water is liquid. Very different qualities of the same matter, a duality of opposites.
Hot or cold, obvious opposites.
Next. Simples versus compounds. Simples are what? If something is simple, it involves or it contains only one or two or very few parts. If it’s a compound, it contains many parts. So it’s few versus many parts. Simple versus complex, a definite duality.
Next, inwardly taken or outwardly used. We’re obviously in a section about cures so you can take something inwardly or you can take something outwardly.
Simples or compounds again. You see, it shows up again. This does not mean (I’m emphasizing this) that the author is going to repeat himself, no. It’s simply a way for him to structure his content.
The content I assure you it’s going to be completely different from the way we saw simples and compounds before because he’s simply taking different content and applying this structure to divide it.
Synopsis of the third partition.
Again, simple versus mixed.
Next, body or mind. It shows up again, again, and again. It shows you how this author thinks. This is a brilliant book.
Once this author has recognized, “Aha! This is a wonderful duality that really has worked for me in the previous sections, so why not use it again in this section,” he’ll be reusing it.
Bad or Good. An obvious duality of opposites.
Next. Improper or proper. A duality of opposites.
In the parties themselves or others. It shows up again, if you remember myself versus my friends or other people. Means there is me and other people. Parties themselves and there are others – a definite duality.
Another one – general or particular. Again, general or specific. You see, once he has discovered a wonderful duality, he’s going to use it again and again because we have seen it before already one or two times.
So here are your takeaways from this video:
- Great power lies in dividing your content into logical parts because it helps you not only to organize your ideas but also to come up with new ideas.
- Use dualities. These are simple pairs of opposing or complementary concepts, just like you saw in this video. Opposing concepts would be something like bad versus good, and complementary concepts would be something like body and mind.
- Dualities are not just about organizing content that already exists in your head. Dualities actually help you produce ideas. Divide one idea into dualities and see how many things, how many detailed ideas will be produced as a result.