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Alfred Korzybski
(1879-1950) born on
Jul 03
Polish-US scientist. He is best known for "A map is not the territory..." in his work "Science and Sanity," 1933.
We see what we see because we miss all the finer details.

There are two ways to slide easily through life: Namely, to believe everything, or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.
Two important characteristics of maps should be noticed. A map is not the territory it represents, but, if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness.
If the map shows a different structure from the territory represented -- for instance, shows the cities in a wrong order. . . . then the map is worse than useless, as it misinforms and leads astray.
The affairs of man are conducted by our own, man-made rules and according to man-made theories. Man's achievements rest upon the use of symbols.... we must consider ourselves as a symbolic, semantic class of life, and those who rule the symbols, rule us.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Science and Sanity," p. 376.
R: "Manhood of Humanity," 1921, 2nd Edition, p. 4:
A: "Science and Sanity," p. 58.
N: "Science and Sanity," p. 498.
K: "Science and Sanity," p. 76.

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