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What is Reification?
John Spacey, updated on April 24, 2016
Reification is a fallacy that results from treating an abstraction as a concrete thing. It is associated with taking ideas too far until they become rigid and oppressive. A concrete thing is undeniable and measurable, treating your abstract thoughts in the same way tends to be illogical. A commonly cited example of reification is the treatment of intelligence testing scores as if they were the concrete and universal definition of intelligence. Intelligence is an abstraction that is difficult to define and measure.
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