I think you will spend 48 seconds reading this post
Someone posted a link to the good (IMO) explanation of Korzybski’s tool “structural differential”.
Yet, when I see the example given at the end of the page, I can’t help but find it a bit short (though right): I think it could have been improved by noting that what Emily Observed (O) and Described (D) may not be (and probably isn’t) what the driver that cut her off Observed, Described and inferred. We can hypothesize that:
- he didn’t consciously noticed him cutting her,
- or inferred that she could live with the cut off because his hurry was Inferred as more important than her Inferred driving conditions,
- or inferred that the space between Emily and the car in front was enough for him and that moving in wasn’t really a cut off from his own past driving experience