Identification, Definition, Explanation

Addendum to this Index ........

o identify is to separate a thing or action from the set of all other things and actions.

The chief mechanisms used in identification are:

  • To point at it ... primary, physical ID
  • To label it with a "word" ... secondary, representational method
  • Draw a picture of it (another representational method - graphical)
  • We may also separate out from Set A (all things) a Subset B (a category of things).
By itself, identification is a rather useless action. It needs to be allied with a "definition".

A definition is a set of statements or conditions or attributes applied to the object, thing or category "identified".

Understand here that the act of identifying something presupposes that we have observed attributes but have yet to deal with them at the conscious level.
Identification is equivalent to opening a new file folder ... naming it ... but we haven't put files in it yet. The observed attributes are the files (or sub-folders) placed in the new folder.

If we put an attribute in the folder as a sub-folder, we have taken it from elsewhere as a universal which is used in multiple places for the purpose of definition, vis. we put a different combination of universals for each new thing identified.

Identified = Airplane
Sub-folder = "Birdlike"
Files (in subfolder) = wings, feet, head, tail, feathers, sub-subfolder (delete=feathers)

If we put an attribute in the new folder as a file, we have gone back to square one so to speak. We are then using "irreducible primaries" which have no further sub-attributes to warrant the creation of a sub-folder. Most such "irreducibles" are identified in infancy. They are like dll files used in multiple places and go in universal folders in combinations. Example:
object ... 3-dimensional ... red ... spinning ... alive ...

The difference between Identification and Definition is most certainly blurred but becomes clear at the extremes as is the case with most human activities.

An explanation consists of a "transmitted definition" (transmitted to others). If we are able to define an object or action down to its irreducible primaries, this serves as the "why" of it, i.e. no further questions go begging for answers. Therefore, it would be prudent to state that nothing at all is fully explained because nothing at all is fully defined as yet. We still have many questions.

A thing or action is understood when we take our new folder (along with its contents) and place it (properly) in our "big" hierarchy of concepts.

Thus, we all have this one big hierarchy of files & folders ... all connected together ... which is our personal "philosophy" ... as well as multiple smaller hierarchical structures which we are presently working on but haven't as yet found a place for in the master hierarchy ... as well as many (very many) unidentified, junk or duplicate files lying around in our minds waiting for a determination of status.

I hope that this computer analogy helps some to "understand" what I've been talking about.

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