The Scalpel Mania — How to make a good nazi — On maps and territory
Yes we use maps, and we have to.
Once you get a reasonable idea of how consciousness works, it seems clear that our experiential reality is a subconsciously created map of the world, so the idea that we can do anything other than experience reality through maps is something of a nonsense, and there is a sense in which it does point to something.
And certainly, there are many levels of trap in mistaking any map for reality, and that applies to experience generally, which is not something a lot of people think about.
Certainly, it seems that there are many levels of trap in distinctions, all power comes at a cost in this sense. And there is real power in the distinction “distinction”.
And there is a very real sense in which emergent forms have reality, at the same time as they have connectedness. It seems that both aspects need to be held in balance.
The Heisenberg uncertainty principle seems to be pointing to the fundamental substructure of this reality we find ourselves in enforcing a balance between order and chaos. The tighter we define a quality like “momentum”, the less certain (more chaotic) becomes its complement “position”, and vice versa.
Logic seems to indicate that only in a universe that does have such a fine balance between order and chaos can we have both sufficiently reliable order to allow for computers and engineering generally, at the same time as we can have free will and morality (at least to the degrees that we do).