The Map is Not The Territory

One of the most powerful sentences that I came across to date.

Thoughtful anaylsis written with simple clarity.


Author: writtencasey

I am fascinated by the scientific endeavor and I read about or engage with those processes as much as possible. I am a compulsive reader and writer. With a background in anthropology and as an arm-chair/backyard scientist, I hope to improve my writing skills and learn about any areas of weakness or misunderstanding in my analytic skills. I am excited to share. Thank you for spending time here. Please reach out if you are so inclined. I'd be excited to hear from you.

2 thoughts on “The Map is Not The Territory”

  1. Are you familiar with the work of Alfred Korzybski? If I’m not mistaken the sentence originates with him. Korzybski popularized some ideas in semantics, etc, came up with a few of his own, and was then kinky enough to package his thoughts as a new field of study. A field that he called “General Semantics”.

    The ancient Greeks used to do that routinely, didn’t they. “Hmm… I think I will call my thoughts, ‘Philosophy’.”

    “That’s nice, Thales. Come to supper now. Your food is getting cold.”

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    1. Giggle. I do not doubt you may be correct. I became familiar with the phrase and its essence after a very deep read of Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum.

      The Ra Expeditions by Thor Heyerdahl also very much works with the same motif.


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