The map becomes our territory and all we see is the pattens and toss out the things that don’t fit as anomalies.

Our cognitive systems compress and simplify.
Our brains are just too small to take in all the uniqueness of all that’s around us all at once.

We see “two apples” even though they’re clearly not the same at all.

But we must. Even if we measure using tools that don’t initially require compression of uniqueness into ‘patterns’, for us to INTERPRET it, we must.

We can do it very carefully and more and more carefully and even more and carefully. The map becomes our territory and all we see is the pattens and toss out the things that don’t fit as anomalies.

Oh well. At least continual awareness of human limitation, both in the particular and the general, leads to a sense of humility and awe and that alone can lead to a better planet in general. smile emoticon

Those two emotions together, however they’re expressed, are, to me, a good thing.

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