The computer is dangerous because it shapes your capacity to understand what’s possible. The computer is like an apparently submissive servant that turns out to be a subversive that ultimately gains control of your mind. The computer is such a powerful instrument that it defines, after a while, what is possible for you. And what is possible is within the computer’s capacity. And while it seems in the beginning like this incredibly gifted and talented servant actually has a very limited intelligence — the brain is so much vaster than the computer. But, the computer is very insistent about what it’s good at, and before you know it — it’s like being with somebody who has bad habits, you sort of fall into the bad habits — and it begins to dominate the way you think about what is possible. … [Counter this] by doing things that are uncomfortable for it to do.
(Source: , via explore-blog)
The Map is not the Territory. But you know this.
But, actually, you don’t - not when the map becomes all that you know.
What is the Map?
The Map is what is believed, what is said, what is seen. The Map is geolocation, metadata, file names, scripts, images, mashups, ideologies, simulations.
As the Territory is Mapped - when every aspect of it is pictured and copied - the Territory vanishes. Paradoxical Omniscience is what we end up with - a knowledge of everything that doesn’t exist.
We wanted to be like the Gods.
The Fall is not out of Paradise - it’s off of the Territory into the Map.
This kind of knowledge-seeking wasn’t the sin. It was the punishment.