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The map is not the territory …

This well-known saying is interesting. It means this … we need to make a distinction between a representation of a thing and the actual thing. We shouldn’t confuse ‘models’ of things, with the things themselves.The map is a reduction of the actual territory. But that’s not to say, those ‘models’ are not useful; quite the contrary. The reason we have the model/map is to be able to carry around (in our pocket or our brain) a compact representation of the much larger thing.
We do this with lots of stuff … and it is one of the main ways we organise the world. We take large chunks of complex data and ‘chunk’ it down into bite-sized and more understandable (and portable) packages.
Then there is the problem of using outdated or even incorrect maps. We fail in a business or a relationship and perhaps the experience was so intrinsically painful that we draw a new map, from which we continue to operate and base our decisions on, despite the fact that we are older, wiser and in fact, dealing wit…

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