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September 24, 2005


Donald Tiffany

Vacuity can be related to concepts in that concepts can be seen as representing the result of a mental form; of reaching into the unknown; of seeing something where previously nothing new was seen; of crossing a gap or closing a loop around some things that were not joined; or conversely of dividing some things that were unified.


Hi Denham, wrt to "bringing forth our worlds", there's also another continuum of sorts, between concepts and mental models.



Jeff Beddow

Hi Denham. My take is a few years old and could be updated, but essentially it distinguishes between a percept as what you perceive, and a concept as what you conceptualize independent of sensory corroboration. A concept is like a blueprint without a building, in that regard. The term gets a lot of abuse. Was the idea of making the Sears tower like a few cigarette cylindars pushed up at different lengths in fact a concept? Or was it just a notion until enough engineering expertise could be brought to bear to make it viable?

From an ontological standpoint, you could say there is a continuum from inkling --> notion --> idea --> concept --> plan --> project --> finished work.

David Locke

A concept doesn't happen without a person, one person. It's up to that one person to take the concept and place it in a conceptualization.

The concept is new. The conceptualization is the old. This provides the mechanism that the person doing the conceptualizing will use to sell the conceptualization to others.

Concepts don't just happen. It takes a person and then people.


Thanks for making this very important point - a concept only comes to life when it shared. DCG

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