Misplaced Concreteness

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Fallacy of Misplaced Concreteness, reification, hypostatization


This is a fallacy of ambiguity, when an abstraction (abstract belief or hypothetical construct) is treated as if it were a concrete, real event or physical entity. In other words, it is the error of treating something that is just an idea as if it were a real thing and then arriving at conclusions that are mistakenly based on this error.


Never tempt fate, it will always come back to hit you.

The expression "tempting fate" means to take risks, but fate is not actually a person that will harbor a grudge against you and wait around for an opportunity to take its revenge. Fate is an abstract notion, not a real person, and some risks are worth taking.

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