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flattop BS: A real UFO encounter that happened (55* d) RE: BS: A real UFO encounter that happened 31 Aug 08

oldDude's story appears to be a good illustration of couple of Alfred Korzybski ideas (if I remember them correctly.)

First, we confuse quality and relationship. Here the farmer saw qualities in the object that didn't exist in the object at all. The qualities the farmer saw in the object were from the farmer's mind and his visual relationship with the object.

And we don't often realize our part in perception - we think that what we believe and what we think we see 'is' reality.

Furthermore, 'is' is a tricky word in Korzybski's writing. For Korzybski, to say something like 'Bush is Stupid' is making an ambiguous statement, putting two words (which are variable) between an equal sign. Arguing it would be like x=y without assigning precise meanings in time. Reminds me that Canada had a recent great Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, who could act brilliantly stupid. He kept Canada's participation in wars to a minimum and he stayed in office for a long time.

Good to see, after searching, that I'm not the only Korzybski fan on Mudcat. Thank you McGrath and Amos.

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