Abstract & Concrete Perception

The psychic recognition of the data obtained by the perceptive organs requires the cooperation of more than one operation. The perception of the world is done both in the literal and in the implied sense. Literal perception is that which intakes reality in a realistic and tactile form as it appears before our senses. Implied perception intakes reality via proxy, extracting from the environment instead what it alludes to, rather than what is.

Both of these forms of data intake are necessary for the comprehension of reality. Were we without abstract perception, we would be incapable of seeing beyond the immediately observable – unable to foretell coming events or imagine alternatives to situations. Were we without concrete perception, our minds would never form a tactile and correct concept of reality and would be utterly lost in an abstract delusion where imagination is taken as literal reality.



Implied data is data not directly attained from the environment, but generated by the mind’s activity of paralleling. When two adjacent points of data are so positioned in space, time, shape or concept, that parallels exist between them, they lend to a necessary and intermediate “connecting point”.

The implied data was never directly observed, felt, seen, or heard. But its existence is quite strongly felt in the mind, often to the same degree of certainty as the literal data was. To give a few elementary examples of this activity, we might hear a person speak in a mumbled way and be able to make out their speech through context. They may have literally said “psn.. m.. saut” but we interpret it as “pass me the salt”. These new implied datapoints are handled by the judgment processes in the same way the literal datapoints are, when it comes to discriminating between information.

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