Physics: What is an Object?
What Is an Object?
People often use the word “object” without having a clue what it means. Physics is the study of objects; real objects which are said to exist. Physics does not study something which cannot possibly exist. But Mathematicians haven’t a clue what an object is because they can’t even define the term. So how can they possibly be doing Physics? Mathematics has nothing to do with Physics. The so-called “Mathematical Physicists” are not doing Physics; they are doing Math because Math is the study of concepts, not the study of objects.
Object: that which has shape.
It’s that simple. All objects have shape, whether they are abstract objects whose shape is dependent on an observer’s conception, or real objects whose shape is a standalone property and observer-independent.
Reality is comprised of objects. All objects can be illustrated whether they are invisible or not. The invisible objects which mediate the phenomena we call light, gravity and magnetism can certainly be hypothesized. The Hypothesis stage of the Scientific Method is used to illustrate all the objects which will be used as “actors” to explain how they mediate natural phenomena. This explanation is the Theory stage of the Scientific Method.
Light, gravity, magnetism and electricity are all mediated by objects. You simply cannot conceptualize motion without an object being present. Matterless motion is impossible. Anyone talking about dynamic phenomena, like electricity or magnetism, had better have some hypothesized object moving and mediating these phenomena. Now, the entities mediating these phenomena may be invisible to us humans because our sensory system does not have the bandwidth or sensitivity to be stimulated by the whole light spectrum. But this doesn’t mean that there isn’t something (i.e. object) out there performing these actions. Otherwise, you are talking about the motion of nothing, which implies that “nothing” is performing actions which mediate phenomena. This is clearly impossible.
The Universe can only be described as the relation of something (matter) to nothing (space). There is no other option besides something vs nothing. The nouns of reality are necessarily objects which are said to exist. This means that the subject of your discussion had better be a noun of reality if you want to give it the capability to move and interact with other objects. The nouns of grammar like “love” and “bravery” are not objects. They have no shape/form. They cannot possibly have a surface or physical presence. Thus, they cannot possibly be real and exist in reality. Such nouns of grammar are concepts. All concepts are relations which are necessarily predicated on existing objects. Without objects, you cannot even conceive of any concept.
Humans identify reality’s binary system with the labels of “object” and “concept”. These are the only two options which any sentient being can conceptualize to correspond to reality. There is no other option besides something (object) vs nothing (concept).