the map is not the territory

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?
See also: map, not, territory
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The third idea is that the Map is Not the Territory.
Finally, the Map is Not the Territory leads me to the notion that all assumptions should be challenged.
I suppose, and it taught me a lot about the world, but, again, the map is not the territory.
The map is not the territory, otherwise it would be useless.
The map is not the territory, so there is no not territory.