The Resource The Map and the Territory : Exploring the Foundations of Science, Thought and Reality, edited by Shyam Wuppuluri, Francisco Antonio Doria, (electronic resource)

The Map and the Territory : Exploring the Foundations of Science, Thought and Reality, edited by Shyam Wuppuluri, Francisco Antonio Doria, (electronic resource)

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The Map and the Territory : Exploring the Foundations of Science, Thought and Reality
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The Map and the Territory
Title remainder
Exploring the Foundations of Science, Thought and Reality
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edited by Shyam Wuppuluri, Francisco Antonio Doria
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eng
Summary
The Map/Territory distinction is a foundational part of the scientific method and, in fact, underlies all of thought, and even reality itself. This fascinating and fundamental topic is addressed here by some of the world’s leading thinkers and intellectual giants, whose accessible essays cover six and more fields of endeavor. It is imperative to distinguish the Map from the Territory when analyzing any subject, yet we often mistake the map for the territory; the meaning for the reference; a computational tool for what it computes. Representations are so handy and tempting that we often end up committing the category error of over-associating the representation with the thing it represents, so much so that the distinction between them is lost. This error, whose roots frequently lie in pedagogy, generates a plethora of paradoxes/confusions which hinder a proper understanding of the subject. What are wave functions? Fields? Forces? Numbers? Sets? Classes? Operators? Functions? Alphabets and Sentences? Are they a part of our map (theory/representation)? Or do they actually belong to the territory (reality)? A researcher, like a cartographer, clothes (or creates?) the reality by stitching together numerous co-existing maps. Is there a reality out there apart from these maps? How do these various maps interact or combine with each other to produce a coherent reality that we interact with? Or do they not? Does our brain use its own internal maps to facilitate the “physicist/mathematician” in us to construct, in turn, the maps about the external realm? If so, what is the nature of these internal maps? Are there meta-maps? Evolution definitely fences in our perception and thereby our ability to construct maps, revealing to us only those aspects beneficial for our survival. But to what extent? Is there a way out of this metaphorical Plato’s cave erected around us by the nature? Alfred Korzybski once remarked “The Map is not the Territory”: Join us in this journey to explore the many questions, concepts and interpretations that this claim engenders.
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  • QC6.9
  • QC5.53
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non fiction
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  • Wuppuluri, Shyam.
  • Doria, Francisco Antonio.
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The Frontiers Collection,
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  • Physics
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Logic, Symbolic and mathematical
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Science
  • Popular Science in Philosophy
  • Mathematical Logic and Foundations
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The Map and the Territory : Exploring the Foundations of Science, Thought and Reality, edited by Shyam Wuppuluri, Francisco Antonio Doria, (electronic resource)
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mixed
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online resource
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
Foreword by Sir Roger Penrose -- Preface to the Volume -- Acknowledgements -- Editors' Biographies -- Part I: Philosophy -- Part II: Theoretical Physics -- Part III: Mathematics/Computer Science -- Part IV: Biology/Cognitive Science -- Part V: Other Perspectives -- Afterword by Dagfinn Follesdal
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XXIII, 641 p. 28 illus.
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9783319724782
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10.1007/978-3-319-72478-2
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(DE-He213)978-3-319-72478-2
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The Map and the Territory : Exploring the Foundations of Science, Thought and Reality, edited by Shyam Wuppuluri, Francisco Antonio Doria, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
mixed
Carrier category
online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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not applicable
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text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword by Sir Roger Penrose -- Preface to the Volume -- Acknowledgements -- Editors' Biographies -- Part I: Philosophy -- Part II: Theoretical Physics -- Part III: Mathematics/Computer Science -- Part IV: Biology/Cognitive Science -- Part V: Other Perspectives -- Afterword by Dagfinn Follesdal
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
XXIII, 641 p. 28 illus.
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9783319724782
Level of compression
uncompressed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1007/978-3-319-72478-2
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online resource.
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absent
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access
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remote
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(DE-He213)978-3-319-72478-2

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