The fallacy to treat or regard an abstraction or a model as a concrete system.
This "fallacy of misplaced concreteness", in WHITEHEAD'S words is one of the most serious risks that a systemist can incur in. It has two different aspects:
1) The danger to construct a pure and unqualified abstraction and to use it or work on it as if it were part of the real world. Examples could be: "Homo economicus"; "the State", "Development", etc., and even possibly "Intelligence quotient".
2) The danger to use a constructed model of some concrete system as if the system were a faithful (i.e. isomorphic) copy of the model.
Such attitudes are ruinous for the credibility of systemics.
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