In mental processes, the effects of a coded version of some registered difference. (Adapted from G. BATESON, 1979, p.109-14)
Any perceived difference (i.e any distinction made) is not merely registered by the brain, but becomes "translated" according to a code proper to the observer. The code may be differential and even hierarchical and produce various "translations".
BATESON comments, refering to KORZYBSKI's metaphor about "the map is not the territory": "KORZYBSKI's map is a convenient metaphor and has helped a great many people, but boiled down to its ultimate simplicity, his generalization asserts that the effect is not the cause" (p.110).
Of course, but KORZYBSKI carefully mapped the so-called effects (plural!), as related to different frames of reference, in his structural differential.
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