The Problem With Categories Explained Using Symbols

Thursday, November 11th 2010

Let's say you see something.

In your mind, it resembles this:

You categorise it ...

The Problem ...

The subtleties of ...

... are lost.

So what you have, associated with that initial experience is this:

Then you experience some things after that. They're also circular ...

So they can all be chucked in the same category.

The sad thing is, with this classification your thinking does not take these into account:

So when people talk about "Australians", or "Europeans" or "Middle class people", or "heavy metal fans", or "folk musicians", "anthropologists", "Muslims", "Catholics" or in terms of any categories at all ...

... keep in mind they're talking about their own versions of ...

And what they say bears little resemblance to the reality, which includes ...

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