„The map is not the territory, and the name is not the thing named (see also, Alfred Korzybski).“

—  Gregory Bateson, Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity, 1979, p. 30
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Gregory Bateson
angloamerikanischer Ethnologe, Kybernetiker und Philosoph 1904 - 1980

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„If the names are unknown knowledge of the things also perishes.“

—  Carl Linnaeus, Philosophia Botanica
Philosophia Botanica (1751), aphorism 210. Trans. Frans A. Stafleu, Linnaeus and the Linnaeans: The Spreading of their Ideas in Systematic Botany, 1735-1789 (1971), 80.

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„The map is not the territory … The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map…“

—  Alfred Korzybski Polish scientist and philosopher 1879 - 1950
Science and Sanity (1933), Edition:Institute of General Semantics, 1995, p. 58.

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„Following Korzybski, I put things in probabilities, not absolutes…“

—  Robert Anton Wilson American author and polymath 1932 - 2007
Context: Following Korzybski, I put things in probabilities, not absolutes... My only originality lies in applying this zetetic attitude outside the hardest of the hard sciences, physics, to softer sciences and then to non-sciences like politics, ideology, jury verdicts and, of course, conspiracy theory. Interview in High Times (2003)

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„Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things, and not the essence to the names, since things come first and names afterwards.“

—  Galileo Galilei, Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo
Other quotes, As quoted in Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo (1957) by Stillman Drake, p. 92 Variant translation: Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things, and not the essence to the names, because things came first, and their names subsequently.

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„Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.“

—  Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430
Disputed, As quoted in Spirituality and Liberation: Overcoming the Great Fallacy (1988) by Robert McAfee Brown, p. 136

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