Linguistic Freedom: Map and Territory Revisted
The Map and Territory is one of the most useful concepts that Less Wrong has popularised. One of its key lessons is that we have the linguistic freedom to choose our linguistic conventions we use; there's no fact written in the universe as to whether a tree stump that you sit on counts as a chair. That is, we have linguistic freedom. This idea has many uses, but some of its applications are non-obvious. This sequence will argue that far more is present in the map than you might think.