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Characterizing Worldviews With the Playing Card Approach--An Overview

LEVEL #1: PLAYING CARD SUITS

LEVEL #2: WORLDVIEW META-THEMES

LEVEL #3: WORLDVIEW THEMES

LEVEL #4: WORLDVIEW SUB-THEMES

LEVEL #1: Playing Card Suit ==> There are four of them

The characterization of an individual's worldview is divided into four parts* identified with these playing card suits as follows:

diamonds hearts clubs spades

Understandings About Knowledge Relationships:                        Interpersonal & Intrapersonal  Relationship to Groups,
Community & Society
Relationship to Nature

*these are the four wings of The Reality Marketplace--click here for a map of The Reality Marketplace in terms of individual worldview themes)

 LEVEL #2: Meta Worldview Themes ==> There are sixteen of them

Each playing card suit is associated with four meta worldview themes ==> sixteen meta themes:   (go to Basic Choices for the details)

open-minded calm, restrained, responsible hierarchical rigidity human-centered
values cognitive consistency chaotic, problematic egalitarian progressive nature centered
values faith intolerant pain individualism freedom from limits
values reason generosity, love collectivism values limits and ethics

LEVEL #3: Worldview Themes==> There are eighty of them 

Worldview themes refer to the beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and behavior that come together in a way that is articulated in similar fashion by lots of people.  Project Worldview has given eighty or eighty-one ** of them formal names and descriptions. Many such themes can be used to characterize a person's worldview.                      Within each part or playing card suit there are twenty* worldview themes 

Understandings About Knowledge Relationships:                        Interpersonal & Intrapersonal  Relationship to Groups,
Community & Society
Relationship to Nature
For a list of the particular themes in each category, click on the links below:
the diamond worldview themes <==> thinking and the quest for knowledge the heart worldview themes <==> feeling and human interaction the club worldview themes <==> joining and the individual as part of society the spade worldview themes <==> doing and nature / the environment

** to accommodate the other scheme for classifying worldview themes--the TFJD codes approach--one of the twenty themes in the clubs category (#19 Capitalism) can be split into two themes (#19A and #19B). So there are either 80 (playing cards scheme) or 81 (TFJD codes approach) altogether. 

LEVEL #4: Worldview Sub-themes ==> There are 324 of them

Each worldview theme is associated with four worldview sub-themes (each linked to a Wikipedia article) ==> 324 worldview sub-themes
At this sub-theme level, the characterization of worldviews leaves the Project Worldview website and jumps to the Wikipedia website. Of course, at the previous theme level, clicking the more to explore links on each individual worldview theme page typically takes you to other websites. Enjoy exploring!