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Concept

A concept points to the repetitive features among specific classes of objects. For example: between all the motorcars in the world there are some similarities and some differences. But it is because of the similarities between them – not their differences – that the concept “motocar” exists and the word “motorcar” exist to identify this specific class of objects. We might well ask: What happened to the differences? Well, the reply is: it is difficult enough to use words to point at similarities, let alone at differences! With language structured as it is, this simply cannot be done. All identification of things takes place by us connecting (in our thinking and speaking) to similarities and ignoring the differences. The fact that differences are ignored does not mean that they do not exist. They do and mindupdate.org’s aims to draw your attention to key points such as this.

The advantage of ignoring differences and paying attention to similarites is that it enables rapid identification and equality. The big disadvantage is that it results into many confusions still prevailing in our thinking, speaking and writing. Existing similarities or equalities within a specific class are being confused with equalities across classes, which do not in reality exist.

The confusion this generates is one of the main reasons for the persistence of wrong connectoring (misconnectoring) at every level: personal, domestic, social, business, economic, political, cultural, philosophical, scientific etc.




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