Ideapod – The map is not the territory.

Ideapod – The Map is Not the Territory

Hi Mark,

As I see it, all of our perceptions and distinctions are maps in a very real sense.
Reality is so complex that what our brains assemble from our perceptions is really just a map, not reality itself.

And yes, we are capable of making ever higher level maps, and some of the maps from our cultures are very useful in particular contexts.

And one can spend a lifetime studying the life in a single drop of water. The territories available are a close approximation to infinite.

Our maps are unlikely to ever be the territory.

Between our choices of both maps and territories, we have a lot of options.
And some territories hold real dangers, at various levels of threat and likelihood of occurrence.
It seems to me that anything that poses a reasonable threat to life is worth attention, anything else is a matter of personal choice.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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