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    Middle ground vs golden mean

    Hello,

    Do middle ground and golden mean mean the same thing?

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    Re: Middle ground vs golden mean

    I had to look up "golden mean." Apparently they do mean about the same thing, but I've never used that one.
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    Re: Middle ground vs golden mean

    Me neither.

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    Re: Middle ground vs golden mean

    The only definition of "golden mean" I was familiar with has nothing to do with middle ground: "the division of a line so that the whole is to the greater part as that part is to the smaller part (i.e., in a ratio of 1 to 1/2 (5^(0.5) + 1)), a proportion that is considered to be particularly pleasing to the eye."

    Looking up the term I see it can also mean something similar to middle ground.
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    Re: Middle ground vs golden mean

    I've never heard 'golden mean' used as anything other than a reference to a particular ratio deemed most aesthetically pleasing for purposes of composition.

    It's widely used in art jargon in that context. You'll hear it repeated ad nauseum in any art, art history, or even photography class.
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