The concept “thing” has existed in human culture since antiquity and probably every language on earth has an equivalent word for thing. Everyone knows more or less what it means. But the precise meaning of “thing” was always a problem for philosophers. Scientists too are mostly uncomfortable with it, probably because they feel it is too vague and imprecise.

Thing is however a most important general concept and within the Main Framework it should be understood as:

“a concept and word pointing to such parts of the total reality as might provisionally be grouped together as a whole and which for the duration of this integration is then capable of moving in a same direction and at a same speed, whichever these may be, and whose parts thus maintain a more or less similar distance from one another. So long as such a state of events exists, whether in reality or in our mind (imagination), then such groupings can be described as things.”

Things have a beginning and an ending. They do not last forever. They exist for a time. Their duration is provisional. As they disintegrate, other things are formed from them, or from their parts (from bits of them). Or they themselves become parts of other things (absorbed by other things and integrated into them).

See key article on semithing theory

See Philosophy Map N.28

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