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Humans can be literally poisoned by false ideas and false teachings. Many people have a just horror at the thought of putting poison into tea or coffee, but seem unable to realize that, when they teach false ideas and false doctrines, they are poisoning the time-binding capacity of their fellow men and women....The map is not the territory ... The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map

- Alfred Korzybski

One of the most important achievements of Western philosophy of science is the recognition that scientific theories are nothing but conceptual models organizing the data about reality available at the time. They are only useful approximations to reality and should not be mistaken for a correct description of reality itself. The relationship between theory and the reality which it describes is that of map and territory in Korzybski’s sense (1933); to confuse the two represents a violation of scientific thinki…

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