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abstract

1. denoting art characterized by geometric, formalized, or otherwise nonrepresentational qualities
2. Philosophy (of an idea) functioning for some empiricists as the meaning of a general term
3. an abstract painting, sculpture, etc.

Abstract

 

a brief oral or written summary of a book, a scientific or scholarly work, or the results of a scientific or scholarly study. An abstract generally aims to provide scientific or scholarly information. The dissertation abstract written by those seeking the degree of candidate or doctor of sciences is a summary of the dissertation’s chief scholarly and theoretical propositions.

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Gollwitzer (1999) discusses how the lack of goal accomplishment may result from an inability to initiate the goal because goals initially tend to be construed abstractly (e.
Allowing students to use tangible objects helps them to see the concept concretely instead of abstractly.
By Michael Phillips Stars: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Albert Finney and Joan AllenDirected by: Paul GreengrassThis 115-minute superbly kinetic action picture The Bourne Ultimatum treats its own narrative almost abstractly, as a series of hurdles to be knocked over quickly, casually, en route to the next futile attempt on Jason Bourne's life.
For years afterwards I received solicitations for similar conferences, calling for papers that conjoined politics with art, and the abstract call was, as far as I could tell, separated remotely and abstractly from anything in the known universe.
Their paintings can be described as abstractly representational and are usually images of places visited or events that have happened.
Among other things, the 11 chapters explain that young children think both concretely and abstractly, a notion largely ignored in current curricula, and that students' implicit pre-schooling knowledge of the natural world plays a critical role in their science learning.
This suggests that this sample "leans" toward being more accommodating (IN-), deferential (E-), serious (F-), trusting (L-), and thinking more abstractly (B+) than adults in Cattell's normative population.
The same autistic individuals who score near or below the IQ cutoff for "low functioning" or "mental retardation" achieve average or even superior scores on a test that taps a person's ability to infer rules and to think abstractly about geometric patterns, Mottron's team reports in the August Psychological Science.
In addition, the very activity of painting abstractly, thus caught by the camera, could be (mis)perceived and hence understood (only) as a choreography, a dance, that is, a "mindless" physical bodily performance, rather than as a series of decisions consciously (or unconsciously) enacted on a surface.
But more abstractly, I remembered that some skinny Asian people have the ability to imagine that they're so heavy, you can't lift them.
Catching their own reflections in the dull sheen, yet only abstractly, here viewers encounter, as Kelly suggests, the implicit Lacanian misrecognition (or "shield") behind the military facade through which we construct shared moments of (self/other) identification.
Animals do not think abstractly and they show very little interest in placing themselves imaginatively into another's perspective on events.