That’s well-summarized. It took me a few years from that post to accept the pragmatism of ‘concept’ after learning about “Theory theory” and then finding a “perfect words” definition that works for me:
“A concept is a theory of a category.”
With that in hand, I can now approach all three (concept, theory, category) and not worry about the illusion aspect for with “theory theory” – “It’s just what humans do”.
So, now I’m left with wondering what science / philosophy / mode of inquiry studies timelines of objects for purposes of identity?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory-theory for example explains why I am thinking of jars of grape jelly as if they are human beings and wondering about qualities that are life-like such as personal timelines.
Maybe. I had a dream last night. Long and involved. Made new friends, all Filipino and I was hanging out in an apartment. At some point, I was sitting down on the carpet, trying to play some new console video game with a weird controller.
All this is funny because I don’t currently have any real life Filipino friends, don’t hang around apartments and I don’t play console or any video games except occasional Minecraft with my nephew.
OUCH. My upper right arm hurt.
I lift up the arm of my shirt. Nothing.
Go back to trying to figure out the controls (because I am always “just me” in my dreams).
OUCH – ok, something must have bit me and is biting.
Lift up arm of shirt further and I see two little green lines, like blades of grass. I brush them onto the carpet.
“That’s grass, it doesn’t bite” I thought in my dream to myself in the dream.
I look closer at it. It wiggled. I look back at my arm and it’s fine but hurts again.
I wake up and my arm is twisted under me.
Quality control, yes. I think this notion I’m trying to work on here falls into industrial quality control.
There’s certain parameters within which an acceptable product must fall.
Products that fall outside of those parameters are junked.
This means to me, each product *is* unique and recognized as unique and the process of deindividuaization first implicitly recognizes uniqueness.