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Quotations by author » Alfred Korzybski
American Scientist and Philosopher, 1879-1950
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God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won't
Sin
If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.
LawLogicPoliticsPsychologySemantics
If the map shows a different structure from the territory represented -- for instance, shows the cities in a wrong order. . . . then the map is worse than useless, as it misinforms and leads astray.
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If words are not things, or maps are not the actual territory, then, obviously, the only possible link between the objective world and the linguistic world is found in structure, and structure alone.
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It is amusing to discover, in the twentieth century, that the quarrels between two lovers, two mathematicians, two nations, two economic systems, usually assumed insoluble in a finite period should exhibit one mechanism, the semantic mechanism of identification -- the discovery of which makes universal agreement possible, in mathematics and in life.
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Let us repeat the two crucial negative premises as established firmly by all human experience: (1) Words are not the things we are speaking about; and (2) There is no such thing as an object in absolute isolation.
LawLogicPoliticsPsychologySemantics
The affairs of man are conducted by our own, man-made rules and according to man-made theories. Man's achievements rest upon the use of symbols.... we must consider ourselves as a symbolic, semantic class of life, and those who rule the symbols, rule us.
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The map is not the territory.
Country
The only usefulness of a map or a language depends on the similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map-languages.
LanguageReality
There are two ways to slice easily thorugh life; to believe everythingor to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.
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There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.
FaithLifeScepticThinking
Thus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words.
LawLogicPsychologySemantics
Two important characteristics of maps should be noticed. A map is not the territory it represents, but, if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness.
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LawLogicPsychologySemantics
Whatever you say it is, it isn't.
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