sensationalism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sensationalism (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience
    • n sensationalism (philosophy) the ethical doctrine that feeling is the only criterion for what is good
    • n sensationalism the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes "the tabloids relied on sensationalism to maintain their circulation"
    • n sensationalism subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is not possible to tickle yourself. The cerebellum, a part of the brain, warns the rest of the brain that you are about to tickle yourself. Since your brain knows this, it ignores the resulting sensation
    • Sensationalism (Metaph) The doctrine held by Condillac, and by some ascribed to Locke, that our ideas originate solely in sensation, and consist of sensations transformed; sensualism; -- opposed to intuitionalism, and rationalism.
    • Sensationalism The practice or methods of sensational writing or speaking; as, the sensationalism of a novel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Brain surgery is done with the patient still awake. The brain has no nerves therefore it has no sensation. The person is put to sleep to open the skull but after that the person wakes up to see the operation be completed.
    • n sensationalism In philosophy, the theory or doctrine that all our ideas are solely derived through our senses or sensations; sensualism.
    • n sensationalism Sensational writing or language; the presentation of matters or details of such a nature or in such a manner as to thrill the reader or to gratify vulgar curiosity: as, the sensationalism of the press.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sensationalism the doctrine that our ideas originate solely in sensation, and that there are no innate ideas: sensualism: sensational writing
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “And yet a little tumult, now and then, is an agreeable quickener of sensation; such as a revolution, a battle, or an adventure of any lively description.”
  • G. M. Trevelyan
    G. M. Trevelyan
    “Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose%20Bierce
    “Happiness is an agreeable sensation, arising from contemplating the misery of others.”
  • Samuel Osgood
    Samuel Osgood
    “I love a hand that meets my own with a grasp that causes some sensation.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.”

Usage

In literature:

Sensation seemed also to have left my legs, and it was as if I were standing on mere supports of wood or stone.
"The Empty House And Other Ghost Stories" by Algernon Blackwood
She was astonished at her illogical sensations, and she had been frequently so astonished in the previous four days.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
A glance showed her that the village was in possession of some sensational tidings.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
When he came at last to his own door the sensation of fatigue had blotted out the acuteness of his perceptions.
"The Wheel of Life" by Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
Altogether, it was a sensation unequalled in the history of the village.
"The Daughter of Anderson Crow" by George Barr McCutcheon
It is not easy to recall in calm and happy hours the sensations of an acute sorrow that is past.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
There was nothing clear in his mind, only a turmoil of eddying sensations which he could not name.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Sometimes a complex includes not only ideas, movements, and emotions, but physiological disturbances and sensations.
"Outwitting Our Nerves" by Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
We arrived on the ground, creating less sensation than I would have liked.
"Tell England" by Ernest Raymond
We don't want to make a sensation of it, you understand.
"The Colossus" by Opie Read
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In poetry:

At length arrived, your book I take
To read in for the author's sake;
Too gray for new sensations grown,
Can charm to Art or Nature known
This torpor from my senses shake?
"On Receiving A Copy Of Mr. Austin's 'Old World Idylls'" by James Russell Lowell
PRELUDING low, in notes that faint and tremble,
Swelling, awakening, dying, plaining deep,
While such sensations in the soul assemble,
As make it pleasure to the eyes to weep.
"The Gnome’s Song" by Maria Gowen Brooks
Ye hills, ye seem the great earth's aspirations,
The heavings of her full heart toward the skies!
And so, sublimer are the soul's sensations
That lifts to you her meditative eyes.
"The Maiden's Reply To The Mountain" by Samuel John Stone
The more I think, the more I feel my Pain,
And learn the more each heav'nly Charm to prize,
While Fools, too light for Passion, safe remain,
And dull Sensation keeps the Stupid wise.
"Elegy IX: He has lost Delia" by James Hammond
II. This once too sensate, tender, glowing heart,
I thought could never own THY chilling sway;
Where fester'd late the wound of Sorrow's dart,
Where lately beam'd, oh Joy! thy transient ray.
"Apathy" by Sydney Owenson
Can mere atoms question how they feel sensation?
Or dust make suggestion of its own creation?
Yet if man were better than his base conditions,
Could things baser fetter his sublime ambitions?
"A Pagan Reverie" by Frances Fuller Victor

In news:

The story is about a musical sensation who uploads perfect-pitch murders to YouTube.
After a stroke in 1993, Mrs Elam, of Scottsdale, Ariz. Lost most of the movement and sensation on her right side.
Old Man McGumbus on Shelter Island Turned into an Internet Sensation on Reddit.
There's a new sensation in town and her name is Carly Rose Sonenclar.
Does this OKC woman have time to be a worldwide Internet sensation.
I have trampled on a number of cherished childhood memories and sensational claims since I started by career as a science writer.
The British-born comedy writer helped develop the irreverent TV variety show that became an overnight sensation in the late 1960s.
Gangnam Style, Dissected : The Subversive Message Within South Korea's Music Video Sensation.
Stay Thirsty culminated both a notable career and a sensational week for owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher with a nail-biting victory over the filly Groupie Doll in Saturday's Grade 1 $343,000 Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct.
'Barack Dubs ' becomes sensation on YouTube.
The sensational result that neutrinos can travel faster than the speed of light may be undone by nothing more than a simple mechanical error.
Neve /Hawk, a children's clothing company based in Charleston, became a children's fashion sensation overnight — literally.
Nineteen -Year-Old Twitter Sensation Mac Miller Poised for Hip-Hop Stardom.
'Binders Of Women' Becomes Viral Sensation.
Litestructures has been building UK pop sensation and all-boy band Westlife's stage sets for seven years now, but their latest is the biggest yet.
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In science:

Mack’s sensationalism and pragmatism, Russell’s phenomenalism, and Bridgeman’s operationalism) brought the activities of scientists more centrally into our conception of the nature of the scientific endeavour, without, however, trying to face head-on the basic issue of how our thoughts can affect our actions.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
The sensation that the exact renormalization of both ASM and CSM was possible remained.
Exact Renormalization of Massless QED2
These events give rise to conscious qualities, such as concepts, sensations, feelings, through which we experience the world.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
Imagine a worker drilling a hole, in the real world, he is guided by the haptic sensation of the drill in the material (let's say wood).
Balanced Virtual Humans Interacting with their Environment
Epreuves reversible donnant la sensation du relief. J.
Augmenting Light Field to model Wave Optics effects
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