Q: Are concepts the fundamental building blocks of our thoughts and beliefs? ¶
Q: Are concepts created? ¶
Q: Are concepts useful and mutually compatible? ¶
A: Yes, and they are accepted on their own.
Q: Are concepts often considered to be the computation underlying sleep and dreaming? ¶
Q: Are concepts something like scientific theorizing? ¶
Q: Are concepts abstract objects? ¶
A: Yes, and concepts are mental representations.
Q: Are concepts transformations of concrete concepts derived from embodied experience? ¶
Q: Are concepts studied as components of human cognition in the cognitive science disciplines of linguistics? ¶
A: Yes, and psychology and philosophy, where an ongoing debate asks whether all cognition must occur through concepts.
Q: Is a concept instantiated by all of its actual or potential instances? ¶
A: Yes, and whether these are things in the real world or other ideas.
Q: Are concepts perceptions of an independently existing world of ideas? ¶
A: Yes, and in that it denies the existence of any such realm.
Q: Is a concept merely a symbol? ¶
A: Yes, and a representation of the abstraction.
Q: Are concepts mental representations that allow us to draw appropriate inferences about the type of entities we encounter in our everyday lives? ¶
Q: Were concepts born out of the rejection of some or all of the classical theory? ¶
A: Yes, and it seems appropriate to give an account of what might be wrong with this theory.
Q: Are concepts now considered to be totally autonomous? ¶
A: Yes, and even though they originated from the process of abstracting or taking away qualities from perceptions until only the common, essential attributes remained.
Q: Are concepts created to describe? ¶
A: Yes, and explain and capture reality as it is known and understood.
Q: Are concepts used as formal tools or models in mathematics? ¶
A: Yes, and computer science, databases and artificial intelligence where they are sometimes called classes, schema or categories.
Q: Are concepts necessary to cognitive processes such as categorization? ¶
A: Yes, and memory, decision making, learning, and inference.
Q: Is a concept a mental representation? ¶
A: Yes, and which the brain uses to denote a class of things in the world.
Q: Are concepts not learned in isolation? ¶
A: Yes, but rather are learned as a part of our experiences with the world around us.
Q: Are concepts abstract generalizations of individual experiences? ¶
A: Yes, because the contingent and bodily experience is preserved in a concept, and not abstracted away.
Q: Is a concept a fundamental category of existence? ¶
Q: Are concepts responding to some of the issues of prototype theory and classic theory? ¶
Q: Are concepts thought to be stored in long term cortical memory? ¶
A: Yes, and in contrast to episodic memory of the particular objects and events which they abstract, which are stored in hippocampus.
Q: Is a concept a common feature or characteristic? ¶
Q: Is a concept a name or label that regards or treats an abstraction as if it had concrete or material existence? ¶
A: Yes, such as a person, a place, or a thing.
Q: Are concepts the question of what concepts are? ¶