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Originally posted by azurecara
Why do we, as humans, develop abstract concepts?
Non-material or fluid concepts, such as spirituality, love, success, freedom, morality.
I realise the catagory of abstract concepts is wide and varied - however, my question is more circulating around:
Is social conditioning responsible for all these mental developments? Or is there a genetic predisposition for it? Is it a sign of sentience?
Using spirituality as an example - how do you know for sure that there is something out there? Is it your personal experiences that have led to your opinion on that subject? Is it the way you were raised, and what you have been told? Are there examples of cultures who have developed in isolation without any spiritual belief system for the afterlife, or the big questions on How and Why?
Is it the question that drives our formulation of abstract concepts to explain or theorise? The question of Why and How?
Different examples of abstract concepts are Mathematics and language. These are not physical things at all. You cannot touch these ideas, or feel them. But are used every day.