You're almost delusional. Fictional entities don't exist as real concrete ontological entities, don't have concrete manifestations. They are mere abstractions. You're confusing them with the representations of such abstractions (stories, graphic descriptions, etc.), which will have an effect on society, but the fictional characters themselves do nothing. As far as I know, neither Zeus, nor Superman themselves have ever produced a single effect on the world.Belindi wrote:Fictional entities do often have concrete manifestations. When fictional entities result in large enough concrete manifestations they are called myths.
And yes, as an idea, it didn't exist in reality. It was just a plan of something to make real. And when it became real, there was evidence of it. Most likely any such creations imply social recognition and traceability of their existence, and that's why governments require their legal registration.Belindi wrote:Please remember that when Aneurin Bevan planned the National Health Service it had yet no concrete manifestations and was purely an idea.
Unlike concepts as "New Atheism", which points at nothing concrete, no organization you can trace back and attribute specific actions and effects, it's a pure abstraction.
Yes, because they learned about universities from concrete references about real concrete universities. I've never been to Harvard, but I know without the slightest doubt that it has buildings, but even more, that it must have buildings.Belindi wrote:Similarly with a university, many people have not seen a university building and others have never worked as university teachers or students yet these unattached people have an idea of what a university is for.
But there's no myth, the institution exists and is real. Even the most "virtual" human project require its physical assets and resources, may them be a guy in his home with a computer or the servers where the data and software are stored.Belindi wrote:The concrete manifestations of an institution may change and do change (consider the Open University, and the centralisation of hospital buildings), but the myth may persist longer than the concrete institutions.