[No-] Map / [No-] Territory

The map is not the territory.

“The map is not the territory” is a map.

Or, in E-Prime:

Seeing “The map is not the territory” as a map.

(Seeing ‘Seeing “The map is not the territory” as a map’ as a map… as a map, as a map, etc).

Deconstruction

Seeing “map” as (visual) metaphor.

And what of “seeing” and “visual”?

‘The “disappearing donkey” trick [see image below] is the epitome of ideas about ideas about ideas, paintings of paintings of paintings, etc. The disappearing donkey is a synecdoche of the meta-programming circuit of the nervous system.’
– Robert Anton Wilson, Prometheus Rising

 

Note: “‘The map is not the territory’ is a map” isn’t my own formulation. I’ve seen it floating around Twitter (for example here), although I haven’t seen it expressed in E-Prime.

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