Tuesday, November 30, 2010

From the Stray Thought Bin - "...And Maps"

"The map is not the territory."

"What kind of idiot would say that a map was the territory?"

What kind of idiot would act as if it was? 

Monday, November 29, 2010

From the Stray Thought Bin- "Maps and Maps"

To someone convinced that their map 'is' THE territory, saying that "the map is not the territory" doesn't have to present them with a problem; it just doesn't apply to their map.

Friday, November 12, 2010

From the Stray Thought Bin-New Media

The existence of a new communication medium does not obliterate the need to remain conscious of abstracting. Au contraire—whatever new possibilities Twitter brings, your Tweet is not the territory either.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

From the Stray Thought Bin - Dirty Windows

In the old lingo, one’s ‘mind’ mediates one’s knowledge of anything. 

And it seems all too easy for people to treat their ‘minds’ like ‘windows’ which they look through but never see. 

It may not be so easy to get people to see the ‘window’ and to see, among other things, the obscuring, distorting ‘dirt’—some of it language-related—that they've gotten used to ignoring. 

First, you have to look at your own ‘dirty window'— hard work even for the most intelligent. 

From the Stray Thought Bin - Walking the Talking

One has to consciously work to develop a habit of talking differently, 
not just talking about talking differently. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Map and Territory...Again

Another korzybskian echo...

The controversial satirist Michel Houellebecq has won France's top
literary award, the Goncourt Prize, for his book The Map and the

Houellebecq Wins Top French Book Prize