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52 Examples of Physical Things

 , October 30, 2022
Physical things are objects and systems that are composed of matter. This can be contrasted with intangible things that have no physical manifestation such as an idea or culture. The following are illustrative examples of physical things.
Antimatter
Atoms
Bank Branches
Books
Buildings / Houses
Cafes
Clocks / Watches
Clouds
Coins / Bills
Computers
DNA
Data Centers
Data Storage Devices (i.e. data always physically resides somewhere)
Diamonds
Electrons
Fiber Optic Cables
Food
Game Consoles
Gold
Ice
Jewelry
LP Records
Land
Light
Machines
Mobile Devices
Molecules
Newspapers
Oceans
Offices
Oil
Packaging / Boxes
Paintings
Paper
Particles
Photographs (paper)
Roads
Robots
Rocks
Satellites
Sculptures
Ships
Shops
Snow
Tools
Toys
Trees
Viruses
Walls
Warehouses
Waves
Wood

Dematerialization

Dematerialization is the tendency for the economy to be based on less and less physical things. For example, the ability to bank online instead of going to a physical branch or bank machine.

Materialism

Materialism is a philosophy that views all things as physical. For example, data that seems to have no physical form actually exists on a data storage device in a location such as a home or a data center. People commonly believe that intangible experiences exist but materialists would trace this to the physical state of brain. Pragmatists would point out that the brain isn't experienced as a regular physical thing such that things that are perceived as intangible are intangible from the human perspective.

Minimalism

Minimalism is a lifestyle, aesthetic or philosophy that seeks to simplify all things as much as possible. For example, a world filled with featureless white rooms. This is harsh, austere and impractical as humans thrive in rich environments. The use of tools is central to human thriving such that removing too many things could be detrimental to the human experience.

Matter

This is the complete list of articles we have written about matter.
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Food
Liquid Things
Machines
Matter
Metals
Physical Things
Plants
Robots
Things
Time
Tools
Water
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