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“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”     Alexis de Tocqueville

December 11, 2005

General Semantics

by Eric

I suspect that many of my readers, and, indeed, many of the people I read, have never heard of Alfred Korzybski or General Semantics. I would highly recommend, before reading and commenting, that you familiarize yourself with the idea that the “map is not the territory” and the “word is not the thing”. Better yet, read some of Heinlein’s work. You can find more information at the links provided. You might also take a look at Eric Raymond’s The Utility of Mathematics for some insight into binary choice logic.


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