The Map Is Not The Territory

Apparently, the map vs. territory distinction was made explicit by philosopher Alfred Korzybski. It seems obvious, but becomes not so obvious when dealing with abstractions.

A computer science analogy might be, the pointer is not the data itself.

A photo of a house is not the same as the house itself.

A token X that represents Y is not Y itself.

The word “red” is not the same thing as the very sensation (qualia) of seeing red.

Published in: on 10 January 2009 at 5:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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