What’s in a name

This is a true story about Alfred Korzybski the creator of general semantics and the author of the seminal book Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics (International Non-Aristotelian Library). Alfred Korzybski is the person who came up with the statement, “The map is not the territory.” This is one of […]

The maddened monkey

Swami Vivekananda writing about the mind and meditation wrote: How hard it is to control the mind! Well has it been compared to the maddened monkey. There was a monkey, restless by his own nature, as all monkeys are. As if that were not enough some one made him drink freely of wine, so that […]

Realy Late

Mullah Nasrudin was flying from London to New York on a jumbo jet. After three hours the pilot calmly started to speak on the intercom, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Do not be alarmed but we have a problem with one of our engines and I have shut it off. This plane […]

A time to die

Mullah Nasrudin had a favorite ornate Turkish coffee cup.  He would drink the sweet strong brew each morning before going to work. One morning his son was bringing his cup to him and dropped it. The beautiful hand painted cup broke to hundreds of pieces. As Nasrudin’s son picked up the pieces the Mullah entered […]