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Alfred Korzybski
It is amusing to discover, in the twentieth century, that the quarrels between two lovers, two mathematicians, two nations, two economic systems, usually assumed insoluble in a finite period should exhibit one mechanism, the semantic mechanism of identification - the discovery of which makes universal agreement possible, in mathematics and in life.

Alfred Korzybski
The map is not the territory.

Alfred Korzybski
There are two ways to slide easily through life to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.

Alfred Korzybski
There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything both ways save us from thinking.

Alfred Korzybski
Thus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words.

Alfred Korzybski
Whatever you say it is, it isn't.

Alfred Korzybski
We should not be surprised that we find meaningless noises in the foundation of many old 'philosophies', and that from them arise most of the old 'philosophical' fights and arguments.

Alfred Korzybski
a few philosophers really do important work. This applies to the so called 'critical philosophy' and to the theory of knowledge or epistemology. This class of workers I call epistemologists to avoid the disagreeable implications of the term 'philosopher'.

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