Percept and
Concept Defined

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he term percept or concept used herein denotes "An accumulation of related facts and/or processes to which a symbol (representational or abstract) is assigned".

When a percept is activated by sensory data it evokes a symbol of that data. Thus, a dog has a percept 'man' (a mental picture with two arms, two legs, a head and a certain smell but with indistinct details).
The perceptual symbol is the 'form' of the percept as required by the law of embodiment.

Concepts involve the recognition of the process of percept symbolism and subsequent advancement to abstract symbolism. (Note: The act of forming percepts is contextual data.)

A concept is, in part, a percept with an abstract rather than a representational form.
Thus, an animal which ponders non-physical principles requires the abstract tools with which to think abstractly, i.e. language, mathematical symbols, etc. as well as a 'standard of abstract symbolism' (to be further discussed).

A man without a symbolic language is qualitively no better than a dog or any other animal except that he possesses the capacity to develop it.



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