Monthly Archives: April 2011

The map is not the territory

Is the map of your life up to date? Outdated maps give outdated information. Alfred Korzybski in the early 1930’s coined the phrase “The map is not the territory.” A map is a symbolic representation of something else. Take, for … Continue reading

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The word is not the thing.

Alfred Korzybski: The word is not the thing. The word “cat” is not a cat. The word “hate” is not hate. The word “sad” is not sadness. When we read these sentences, we say, “of course.” There is a distinction … Continue reading

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Questions

Learning and education is about asking the right questions. A true question is one that when you ask it, you don’t know the answer. Any question that you ask where you already know the answer such as teachers do so … Continue reading

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Possibility

Uncertainty, risk and possibility are a tag team. You can’t have one without the others. A possibility is about the future. We stand in the present, but we have the capacity for reflexive consciousness. That means we can conjure up … Continue reading

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Preparation, not Discipline

Discipline is actually only preparation. Think about it. When we have a goal we want to achieve, we work out a series of actions that will get us there. If you want to visit your mother in Los Angeles and you … Continue reading

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