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I have been recently fascinated with trying to understand what "Nominalism" is and how it affects the way that we think (and perhaps many of the assumptions of popular culture). Wikipedia seems to provide a concice summary of the basics, including a satirical illustration of it from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass - "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty,