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Is everything a concept?

  1. Feb 20, 2012 #1
    Centripetal acceleration is a concept. Can we say calculators,t.v. remotes are also concepts.

    OR only the intangible things are concepts (such as torque, centripetal acceleration)
     
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  3. Feb 20, 2012 #2
    I would say, with caution, yes. We are not privy to 'reality', only observations. We create concepts to rationalize our observations. In this sense, observations are the only 'thing' thats not a concept.
     
  4. Feb 20, 2012 #3

    HallsofIvy

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    The idea of a "t.v. remote" (what Plato would have called an "ideal") is a concept. A specific t.v. remote in your hand or sitting beside you is not.
     
  5. Feb 20, 2012 #4
    I just dropped a cup. That instance of centripetal acceleration was not conceptual. Correct?
     
  6. Feb 20, 2012 #5

    Bobbywhy

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    cs23, I suggest you start with looking up the meaning of the word "concept" in the dictionary. Do not be satisfied with just one dictionary...check severarl different ones to get a good idea of the meaning of "concept". Then you can decide for yourself if something fits the definition or not.
     
  7. Feb 20, 2012 #6

    Pythagorean

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    No. We use the word to refer to the event itself, even though it references a concept that is not necessarily the event; we just take for granted that it is. So one can study centripetal acceleration as a concept, but you can also actually experience it as a real event.
     
  8. Feb 20, 2012 #7
    How do i know if something is a concept?
     
  9. Feb 20, 2012 #8

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