Robert Irwin outlines two different ways of determining what is real, starting Plato and Aristotle seeking a transcendental truth that is concrete. This approach set in motion a mind/body problem stemming from Plato’s general condemnation of doxa, everyday beliefs and appearances. A system of signs also arises from this way of seeing the world which consists of a hierarchy of power where the intentional will to follow logic leads to unquestioned beliefs that separate a figure from its ground. This deep space hierarchy also creates clear separations between ideas of truth and untruth, top and bottom, mind and body, and superior and inferior which together work well as a model for a body of knowledge in education, but do not work in predicting what students will think of and achieve in the future. Alternatively, Piet Mondrian’s work reduces the meaning in an object and leads to an erosion of deep space and a flattening of hierarchies.