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>I meant that gravity is a concept invented and used in our society to exlain >some physical phenomena. >Steve Tripp >firstname.lastname@example.org ********************* >The concept, sure. But the phenomenon described by that concept, no. >the phenomenon exists apart from social negotiation. >herb lin >HLIN@NAS The social construction of knowledge is neither a philosophical issue nor an issue of what is really "out there" in the "real" world. We ALL construct our knowledge of the concept of gravity in a social context. I fall down, ask why and Mommy says gravity. I spill milk, ask why, Mommy say gravity. No one can argue that the experiences I used to develop my notion of gravity are the same as anyone else's, nor were they constructed in isolation, just between me and abstract gravity! Gravity as an idea is part of our culture and is socially re-invented in each new child's mind. MICHAEL YOUNG, PH.D. INTERNET:MYOUNG@UCONNVM.UCONN.EDU U-4, 249 GLENBROOK RD BITNET: MYOUNG@UCONNVM STORRS, CT 06269-2004 APPLELINK: YOUNG.MIKE (203) 486-0182 AM. ONLINE: MIKE YOUNG FAX: (203) 486-0210 It's easy to be a humorist when you have the whole government working for you -- Wil Rogers