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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.
         
   
F
We see what we see because we miss all the finer details.

R
There are two ways to slide easily through life: Namely, to believe everything, or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.
A
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.
N
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.
K
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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