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Alfred Korzybski (philosopher)

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Who is Alfred Korzybski?

Alfred Korzybski: Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski was a Polish-American independent scholar who developed a field called general semantics, which he viewed as both distinct from, and more encompassing than, just the field of semantics. He argued that human knowledge of the world is limited both by the human nervous system and the languages humans have developed, and thus no one can have direct access to reality, given that the most we can know is that which is filtered through the brain's responses to reality. His best known dictum is "The map is not the territory".

  • also known as Коржибски, Альфред
  • born on (136 years ago) in Warsaw
  • nationality: United States of America
  • education: Warsaw University of Technology
  • profession: Philosopher, engineer, mathematician, scientist
  • died on (65 years ago) in Lakeville
  • written works: "Le Role Du Language Dans Les Processus Perceptuels", "Science and Sanity", "Une carte n'est pas le territoire", "Selections from Science & Sanity", "Time-binding, the general theory", "General Semantics Seminar 1937", "Manhood of Humanity: The Science and Art of Human Engineering"

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