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From Memetics

'The purpose of abstraction is not to be vague, but to create a new semantic level in which one can be absolutely precise' - Edsger Dijkstra

"The map is not the territory." - Korzybski: words are maptools for understanding; science develops accurate maps


A Computational Investigation into the Human Representation and Processing of Visual Information

Scientists have discovered that networks of inhibitory brain cells or neurons develop through a mechanism opposite to the one followed by excitatory networks


Pareidolia can cause people to interpret random images, or patterns of light and shadow, as faces.

from semiotics : the process between the three is that of abstraction

one takes it and transforms it into something else this is constant flux

Abstraction—by its very nature—reduces the resolution at which an instantiation of a phenomena may be addressed.

However, it is efficient, given some minimal isomorphic mapping to reality.

Speed therefore selects for abstraction, until error accumulation triggers regression.