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A conceptual modelization

A concept is a mental construct that can be part of categories (which are concepts as well). Concept do not truly exist in the universal absolute. Concept only exist as long as there is a symbolic language. Without words, concept can still exist as archetypes. For instance, a chair can be the archetype category of chairs in general. Even if there is no word to describe it, someone could recognize members of a common category. Human language is just the attribution of a sound to a category of perception. In reality, each perceived element of the state of affair is unique so it would require its own category.

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Reduction to qualias

Institutions are concepts and only exist in the mind. There is no such thing as a government, corporation, university, bank, currency or country. Only the constituents truly exist. One could argue that when reducing a concept to its constituent, one could also reduce the constituent recursively and conclude that nothing exist. This is not true because consciousness exists and Qualias are irreducible elements of perception. Recursive reduction would inevitably reduce any concept or physical object to consciousness itself since it is the fundamental substance of reality.

Concepts as tools

Concepts and categories are in fact tools for human language and can be used wisely or not. It is dangerous to use them in a static way, instead, we must keep them dynamic, that is to say: able to be reorganized, pruned and improved. One common pitfall is the excessive avoidance of contradiction. Another pitfall would be the ego's excessive will of preservation of existing mental structures even when they become inefficient to predict and describe the reality. In fact, we often delude ourselves into believing our mental models to be effective by not putting sufficient focus on the defective results of their predictions while putting to much emphasis on successful ones.

Natural selection in the mental realm

Some ideas don't seem to want to be abolished (religious practices, cults, superstitions, political systems). Concepts are subjected to natural selection. Ideas that can be successfully replicated and adapted to new environments will survive while those unadapted will die out. As ideas are transmitted, they mutate according to the will of people and random errors. Some mutations are beneficial, some are not. Some times of beneficially mutated ideas will survive for a longer time in the brain of people.

The concepts' will of self preservation

Another reason why some ideas don't seem to want to be abolished is the will of self preservation. Concepts do have that kind of will, but only inside our mind. A religion has no instinct of self preservation without the adherents to that religion. That will of self preservation is the human egoic mind's seek for homeostasis. Without it, new ideas would constantly replace discarded ones, and there would be no mental structure nor identification to the ego. We must not judge the ego's will of self preservation because it is a (even if not fundamental) manifestation of love as life force energy.

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