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The Word is Not the Thing

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Explanations and examples of Korzybski's concepts The word is not the thing, the map is not the territory, the symbol is not the thing symbolized.

Map–territory relation. "The map is not the territory"[edit] The expression "the map is not the territory" first appeared in print in a paper that Alfred Korzybski gave at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1931:[1] In Science and Sanity, Korzybski acknowledges his debt to mathematician Eric Temple Bell, whose epigram "the map is not the thing mapped" was published in Numerology.[2] A) A map may have a structure similar or dissimilar to the structure of the territory...B) A map is not the territory.

Map–territory relation

Korzybski's dictum "the map is not the territory" is also cited as an underlying principle used in neuro-linguistic programming, where it is used to signify that individual people in fact do not in general have access to absolute knowledge of reality, but in fact only have access to a set of beliefs they have built up over time, about reality. This concept occurs in the discussion of exoteric and esoteric religions. Historian of religions J. Watch the Pass it On Honesty commercial where a kid returns a purse. In a fast-paced stream of events through alleys and with a police car—all underscored by the Black Eyed Peas song, “Where is the Love,” we watch the drama unfold and wonder if the young man is stealing or returning the purse—until the last triumphant moment.

Watch the Pass it On Honesty commercial where a kid returns a purse

(Stand Alone Lyrics) What’s wrong with the world, mama? People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas. I think the whole world’s addicted to the drama. Only attracted to things that’ll bring the trauma. Yeah. People killin’, people dying. Boy: Ma’am! Voiceover: Honesty. Police Officer: Nice move kid. Voiceover: A message from The Foundation for a Better Life. (Lyrics Underneath Above Dialogue) Father, Father, Father help us, Send us some guidance from above. Bonsai Kitten. Bonsai Kitten. Bonsai Kitten. Bonsai Kitten is a satirical website that claims to provide instructions on how to grow a kitten in a jar, so as to mold the bones of the kitten into the shape of the jar as the cat grows, much like how a bonsai plant is shaped.

Bonsai Kitten

It was made by an MIT university student going by the alias of Dr. Michael Wong Chang.[2] The website generated furor after members of the public complained to animal rights organizations, who stated that "while the site's content may be faked, the issue it is campaigning for may create violence towards animals", according to the Michigan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA).

Although the website in its most recent form was shut down, it still generates (primarily spam) petitions to shut the site down or complain to its ISP. The website has been thoroughly debunked by Snopes.com and the Humane Society of the United States, among other prominent organizations. My Frog Playing African Bull Frog Ant Crusher. The Practical Philosopher's Blog. The word is not the thing.

The Practical Philosopher's Blog

Alfred Korzybski: The word is not the thing. The word “cat” is not a cat. The word “hate” is not hate. The word “sad” is not sadness. When we read these sentences, we say, “of course.” However, when we are embroiled in our lives, the reality of this distinction can often become lost in the heat and energy of our living. Although there is always a gap between the word and what the word refers to in the world, it is easy for all of us to lose sight of that fact when we are the butt of someone’s viciousness or meanness. Like this: Like Loading... Index. "I fought for three years for that flag.

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Anyone who burns it must be a traitor. " That was one man-on-the-street's comment this week in response to the president's call for a constitutional amendment banning flag burning. Most people who were interviewed supported the president, many with high emotion. "The flag is the symbol of our country. No one has the right to burn it. " "People who would even think of doing that are criminals, and they ought to be treated as criminals. " In only one news report did I hear a respondent observe, quietly, "It's just a piece of cloth. " Listening to the president's statement and the approving echoes of my fellow citizens, I shuddered.

I suppose every one of us has at some time been furious with our government. I can't understand, though, why people would express their displeasure by burning a piece of cloth when, in this democratic nation, they have so many more effective actions open to them.