Reification

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The consequences of mistaking an abstraction for a thing. A very common phenomena in human beings with not always the best consequences. For example diabetes mellitus is an abstraction but HNF1α maturity-onset diabetes of the young is a thing. Another example is female sexual dysfunction and drug company marketing. Causes all sorts of medico-legal headaches for doctors and recently has discouraged paediatricians from becoming expert witnesses. See Wikipedia:Religion.

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