Conception and language
We began with a model of "knowing" based on the process of compare and contrast,
and we have been comparing and contrasting ideas under consideration ever
since. It is important to recognize that as we compare and contrast concepts;
we are not comparing and contrasting the concepts themselves. Instead, we are
comparing and contrasting our abstract mental representations of concepts.
Language is the way we juggle abstract mental representations of reality as we
try to make sense of the universe.
The difference between a mental representation of a concept and
the concept itself is an important distinction because it is here that we have
shifted from the concrete world of chemistry and physics to the subjective
universe of conception and thought, and with this change, we have introduced
many avenues of potential confusion and error....