Abstractions Are Real

The real world and it’s behaviors are extraordinarily complex. To theorize and create good explanations necessarily requires some encapsulation of ideas through abstractions. It is possible to understand a phenomena by understanding abstractions and similarly, it is possible to create new explanations by building on top of them.

Knowledge can grow because abstractions are real. It’s not as if every child going to school must learn all underlying knowledge in order to add to it. It’s also not as if explanations are implicitly wrong if all the lower-level behavior is not explained first.

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