Thursday, September 06, 2012

The Power of Words - What is A Concept?


After a decade and a half of formal education in both public and private institutions, I could not tell you what a concept really was and how it related to words and objects.  As I have dived into the study of thoughts and emotions, I have found a large number of fellow explorers interested in discussing the deep and complex nature of how we think.

One such person read my post, "The Power of Words - How Concepts Define Our Thoughts" and was very supportive of my work in this area.  He recommended that I review the following article on HubPages which describes in detail everything you ever needed to know about concepts.  Excerpted below I have included the primary topics covered to pique your interest.  The full article expands on each of these topics greatly.


The Ontology of Language: What is a CONCEPT?
http://fatfist.hubpages.com/hub/The-Ontology-of-Language-What-is-a-CONCEPT#


INTRODUCTION
WHAT IS THOUGHT?
WHAT IS THE UNDERLYING FOUNDATION OF A CONCEPT?
HOW DO WE DEFINE "CONCEPT"?
ALL CONCEPTS ARE DEFINED
WHAT IS THE UNDERLYING ONTOLOGY OF A CONCEPT?
IS IT POSSIBLE FOR CONCEPTS TO EXIST?
SYNTACTICAL GRAMMAR vs CONTEXTUAL GRAMMAR
WORD ONTOLOGY: ALL WORDS RESOLVE TO EITHER AN OBJECT OR A CONCEPT
FALLACY OF REIFICATION: CONVERTING CONCEPTS INTO OBJECTS
(This one is a must read even if you skip the rest.  Concepts can not act or do since they are only associations of objects.)
WHAT IS AN ABSTRACT CONCEPT?
HOW DO INTELLIGENT BEINGS USE CONCEPTS TO DEVELOP LANGUAGE?
CONCEPTS ARE THE UNDERLYING BASIS OF OUR INTELLIGENCE
CONCLUSION





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