the map is not the territory

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the map is not the territory

A person or thing is completely separate from the judgments or perceptions that people place upon it. The phrase was coined by US semanticist Alfred Korzybski. I know you dislike Ed because of how he acted in that meeting, but you don't actually know him. Just keep in mind that the map is not the territory, OK?
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The third idea is that the Map is Not the Territory.
And I also realized that, as Gregory Bateson puts it, "The map is not the territory.
The works in the project's second half, "The map is not the territory," dealt directly with the supposed territory of Hamburg.
The map is not the territory, otherwise it would be useless.
The map is not the territory, so there is no not territory.
I also like to keep my students writing, which is how I came to write, "The map is not the territory, the word is not the thing" on my board.