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Andy McIntosh, Emeritus Chair in Thermodynamics and Combustion Theory, University of Leeds, answers the question "What is abstract thinking?" related to his talk "Science, Mathematics, and Beauty" given at the 2016 European Leadership Forum. - See more at www.FOCLonline.org FOCLID 7664_1
How do you go from a concrete object like a basketball to an abstract idea like a circle? Why do you see the one and think about the other? What makes this kind of thing useful? Abstract thinking allows us to identify patterns and see common features. Once we abstract away the differences, we can group the similarities to come up with a new idea all its own. In just a few spare minutes, let's take a tour of the skills involved in this thought process and consider some practical applications. Text + video version: http://www.nativlang.com/logic/thinking-abstract.php Music by nativlang
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Are numbers, sets, colours and Hamlet really objects? Are they abstract? What does that mean? Metaphysics playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvoAL-KSZ32cX32PRBl1D4b4wr8DwhRQ4 Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=thephilosophytube Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/PhilosophyTube Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhilosophyTube Twitter: @PhilosophyTube Email: email@example.com Google+: google.com/+thephilosophytube Suggested Reading: David Lewis, On The Plurality of Worlds That awesome comment from Critical Lit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzUrVeIdIBM&google_comment_id=z12awpzzbw3oitxby04cgtyifrnytpj5wfk If you or your organisation would like to financially support Philosophy Tube in distributing philosophical knowledge to th...
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by Edgar Allen Poe
Lo! 'tis agala night
Within the lonesome latter years!
An angel throng, bewinged, bedight
In veils, and drowned in tears,
Sit in a theatre, to see
A play of hopes and fears,
While the orchestra breathes fitfully
The music of the spheres.
Mimes, in form of God on high,
Mutter and mumbled low,
And hither and thither fly
Mere puppets they,who come and go
At biding of vast formless things
That shift the scenary to and fro,
Flapping from out of their Condor wings
The motley drama-oh, be sure
It shall not be forgot!
With its Phantom chased for evermore,
By a crowd that seize it not,
Through a circle that ever returneth in
To the self-same spot,
And much of Madness, and more of Sin,
And Horror the soul of the plot.
But see, among the mimic rout
A crawling shape intrude!
A blood red thing that writhes from out
The scenic solitude!
It writhes! It writhes! With mortal pangs
The mimes become its food,
And the angels sob at vermin fangs
In human gore
Out-out are the lights-out all!
And, over each quivering form,
The curtain, the funeral pall,
Comes down with the rush of a storm,
And the angels, all pallid and wan,
Uprising, unveiling, affirm
That the play is the tragedy "Man"
and its hero the