mental object


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Noun1.mental object - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learnedmental object - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
cognition, knowledge, noesis - the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
tradition - an inherited pattern of thought or action
object - the focus of cognitions or feelings; "objects of thought"; "the object of my affection"
food for thought, intellectual nourishment, food - anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking
noumenon, thing-in-itself - the intellectual conception of a thing as it is in itself, not as it is known through perception
universe of discourse, universe - everything stated or assumed in a given discussion
matter, topic, issue, subject - some situation or event that is thought about; "he kept drifting off the topic"; "he had been thinking about the subject for several years"; "it is a matter for the police"
issue - an important question that is in dispute and must be settled; "the issue could be settled by requiring public education for everyone"; "politicians never discuss the real issues"
idea, thought - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
essence, heart and soul, inwardness, nitty-gritty, pith, substance, gist, kernel, nub, meat, core, sum, marrow, heart, center, centre - the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
wisdom - accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment
internal representation, mental representation, representation - a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
belief - any cognitive content held as true
unbelief, disbelief - a rejection of belief
heresy, unorthodoxy - a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
goal, end - the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it; "the ends justify the means"
education - knowledge acquired by learning and instruction; "it was clear that he had a very broad education"
experience - the content of direct observation or participation in an event; "he had a religious experience"; "he recalled the experience vividly"
acculturation, culture - all the knowledge and values shared by a society
lore, traditional knowledge - knowledge gained through tradition or anecdote; "early peoples passed on plant and animal lore through legend"
ignorance - the lack of knowledge or education
knowledge base, knowledge domain, domain - the content of a particular field of knowledge
metaknowledge - knowledge about knowledge
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In the first chapter of his 'Strategy, the indirect approach', Liddell Hart says: "More and more clearly has the fact emerged that a direct approach to one's mental object, or physical objective, along the 'line of natural expectation' for the opponent, has ever tended to, and usually produced negative results.
Information is thus wedded to writing insofar as writing gives stability to the mental objects abstracted from the flow of experience, such that one can access them readily and repeatedly" (30).