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 A - Abstraction


Abstraction: Considering something in some respects while disregarding others.

This is a very important human cognitive ability, and perhaps also a restriction, in that for humans there may be much they can only understand in an abstract way, if only because these things are or may be too complicated to be dealt with by human cognitive abilities in their full complexities.

There are many ways to abstract things, both perceptually, e.g. by using attention, and linguistically, by describing and naming things in some ways, but not in others.


See also: Abstract, Abstraction - in logic, Such that


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 Original: Sep 5, 2004                                                Last edited:12 December 2011.   Top