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New Meetup: The Map Is Not The Territory

From: Steve
Sent on: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 3:29 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Plato's Cave - The Orlando Philosophy Meetup Group!

What: The Map Is Not The Territory

When: July 26,[masked]:00 PM

Austins Coffee
929 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

Jorge Luis Borges wrote in 1960 a short story that described the ambition of a group of imaginary cartographers to represent an empire to perfection.
Rigor in Science - by Jorge Luis Borges

"... In that Empire, the Art of Cartography reached such Perfection that the map of one Province alone took up the whole of a City, and the map of the empire, the whole of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps did not satisfy, and the Colleges of Cartographers set up a Map of the Empire which had the size of the Empire itself and coincided with it point by point. Less Addicted to the Study of Cartography, Succeeding Generations understood that this Widespread Map was Useless and not without Impiety they abandoned it to the Inclemencies of the Sun and of the Winters. In the deserts of the West some mangled Ruins of the Map lasted on, inhabited by animals and Beggars; in the whole Country there are no other relics of the Disciplines of Geography."

The Map is Not the Territory

Alfred Korzybski coined the term "general semantics" in his book Science and Sanity. Korzybski had an interest in the way we as human beings interact with the world outside our own skins and sometimes take semantic shortcuts that lead us to false evaluations. He said "the map is not the territory" to indicate that we should not confuse the "map" of reality that we carry around in our heads with reality itself. Korzybski's system of general semantics gives us a set of tools that enable us to develop awareness of our own map-making process, and thereby to make more accurate and useful evaluation.

Nature can never be completely described, for such a description of Nature would have to duplicate Nature.

No Name can fully express what it represents.

It is Nature itself, and not any part (or name or description) abstracted from Nature, which is the ultimate source of all that happens, all that comes and goes, begins and ends, is and is not.

But to describe Nature as "the ultimate source of all" is still only a description, and such a description is not Nature itself. Yet since, in order to speak of it, we must use words, we shall have to describe it as "the ultimate source of all". --

Join Plato's Cave philosophers as we try the monumental task of evaluating Korzybski's General Semantics with little more than our feeble oratorical skills.

Be sure to check the files section for relevant information on this topic and . . .

Watch these Youtube videos on consciousness and general semantics:

The Future of Consciousness Part 1 of 7

On Human Evaluation Part 1 of 7 - How to think properly


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