Have you ever stopped to wonder how the mind immediately envisions a thing upon hearing its name? As soon as we hear the words: forest, mountains, night sky, stars, moon light reflected on a calm still pond… then there it is. Somehow we are able to instantly conceive of this natural landscape. How amazingly brilliant this power, that our minds can conceptualize these images into one beautiful whole.
What makes this phenomenon even more wondrous is that pretty much all humans who have ever lived have the same capacity to form such a concept, and not just any random abstract idea, but a concept that is similar and consistent with others. So for instance when we add 2 plus 2 to get 4, the answer remains the same, it doesn’t morph into something else over time. If someone should say look out for the flying bird, you are not going to look down on the ground for a snail, but for something above that glides through the air with wings.
Concepts are essential for helping us to understand things in relation to other things. They help us to group things together and detect when something doesn’t add up or belong. Every field of study, all the ways down to simple interactions or the use of mechanical devices, are composed of concepts of various sorts. Understanding how these components work together will add to our breadth of knowledge, making its application possible.
For instance, if a person wishes to specialize as a brain surgeon but is unable to tell the difference between the concept of a scalpel and a screwdriver, then it’s unlikely that they’ll have much success in reaching their career goal. Even if a medical doctor should learn everything there is to know about brain surgery, and become the most competent in their skill, if they fail to grasp the concept of what it means to have a good bedside manner, then it may become difficult to keep their position.
No matter the discipline or the object of investigation it is necessary to understand all relevant concepts. In order to attain clarity of such terms it will be helpful to carefully define them, as well as compare and contrast them with similar concepts. By analysing a concept thoroughly we not only get a better idea of what it is & is not, but we can also take a closer look at how it interacts with other parts of a system, as well as explore its implications, thus enhance our overall comprehension and ability to deal with whatever life throws our way.