“All cultures have always believed that the map they valorize is real and true and objective and transparent.”

Here's a PS to the post on maps I made December 28. From his book  A History of the World in 12 Maps,  Jerry Brotton shares "the maps that tell us most about pivotal periods in human history." Check out this article by Uri Friedman in The Atlantic Cities:  The Quest to Create the Perfect Map.   Happy New Year!  

TOK: the map, the territory

Wow!  Have a look at the ten maps picked out on the website Atlantic Cities as top ones for 2013.  "The map is not the territory", quoted from Alfred Korzybski, has been used repeatedly in TOK as a metaphor for the idea that beliefs about reality are not the same as reality itself.  Moreover, our symbolic representations (visual images, languages) are not neutral and objective records of the world but equivalent to maps, selected and shaped by our perspectives and ...