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Are classifications/categories social constructs?

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Are classifications/categories social constructs?
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>>69921
On the grander scale, yes

Tribalism is, however in human nature and we often times classify ourselves into specific tribes based on appearance.

Race is the least specific (white encompasses norwegians, Italians, Serbians etc, all diverse populations but still a part of the same group) and can be further broken down into more specific categories (Balkan, Slavic, Scandinavian etc) and further into individual ethnic groups.
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Literally everything is a social construct. Humanit does not exist outside of society.
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>>69921
Beautiful painting țbh
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>>72076
The sea is my favorite
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>>72264
>>69921
The water in these paintings is just amazing, kind of gives me an eerie feel.
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>>72453
What category of art do these paintings fall under?
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"marine art"
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>>72626
Here's this one in different colors
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>>69921

Most are innate, we implicitly and instinctively categorize the world we see: friend, foe, food, fucking partner.

It's an evolutionary adaptation. We need to make snap-judgments as we don't always have time to consult the "cultural elite" every time a large hairy beast comes our way.
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>>72729
I meant more along the lines of; "races", " colors", "cutlery", "books" etc.
Would you consider these social constructs?
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>>72453
I think the way the light seems to penetrate a bit makes it clear it's not just bumpy blue land, it's thousands of feet of water you could be swallowed up in and completely disappear o_o Bit scary
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>>72872
>o_o
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>>69921
Categories are mathematical construction. A category C is a set of objects X, Y, Z in C and a set of functors between the objects Hom(X,Y) such that the composition map is associative and satisfies Hom(X,Y) -> Hom(Y,Z) is isomorphic to Hom(X,Z) on the nose
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>>72849

No, there's evidence that the way we perceive race is instinctive and often negative (due to another wonderful human defect: in-group bias).

http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.185.1512&rep=rep1&type=pdf

Same with colour. Colours are categorized pretty much the exactly the same across all cultures - not that surprising considering we all share the same visual system.

https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=sGDxruwl9OkC&oi=fnd&pg=PR5&dq=Berlin+and+Kay+colour&ots=yOuSMLBb_c&sig=3vqdN-m5Px-iqosZoOHRVUpohxU#v=onepage&q=Berlin%20and%20Kay%20colour&f=false

I'm unsure what you mean by cutlery and books.
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>>69921
Yes, how are they not?
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>>73078
I'm talking about whether categories can be viewed as subjective or objective

>>73155
Colors are a category, right? Would you say colors are a social construct?
The way I see it categories are descriptions of the world, same as any other concept.
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>>73274

Wasn't I clear enough? Race and colour are objective categories (in human psychology, at least).
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>>72706
Sexy
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