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Definition of "Meaning"
Usually the term meaning refers to the use of the word in the context of language where "words" have "meanings" which can be thought of as the objects that these words refer to as in a symbol or sign which refers to something. However, thinking about other uses of "meaning" points to a deeper level which relates to a mental experience where someone knows the "meaning" of something which is the real essence, the depth and the feeling (sense) of something. For example: asking questions like "What is the meaning of an idea?" or saying sentences like "This means the world to me" show that meaning involves both "depth and essence" and "experience and subjectivity" that is meaning is both "known" and "felt".
Some questions that I'd like to raise:
- How does meaning relate to the following: "Definitions", "Analogies", "Conceptual Models"?
- How is conceptual depth felt? What determines that some idea is "deep"?
- Is thinking and understanding just some mechanical process or is it accompanied with a feeling and experience?
- How can a better understanding of thinking and meaning affect the quality of education?