The map of reality is not reality. Even the best maps are imperfect. That’s because they are reductions of what they represent. If a map were to represent the territory with perfect fidelity, it would no longer be a reduction and thus would no longer be useful to us. A map can also be a snapshot of a point in time, representing something that no longer exists.

(Farnum Street 2015)

A Mental model.

Related: The medium is the message, All models are wrong


Farnum Street. 2015. “The Map Is Not the Territory.” Farnam Street.