Science and Sanity with the subtitle An Introduction to Non-aristotelian Systems and General Semantics by Alfred Korzybski. Alfred Korzybski was genius. As an independent philosopher he developed the field of general semantics. His main idea is that humans are limited by language and biology and thus not able to have direct access to reality. You all know the phrase: “The map is not the territory” – Alfred Korzybski coined that one. In this book, now in the public domain since Korzybski died in 1950, he explains his general theory of time-binding: cross-generation learning using symbolic communication.
“General semantics is not any ‘philosophy’, or ‘psychology‘, or ‘ logic‘, in the ordinary sense. It is a new extensional discipline which explains and trains us how to use our nervous systems most efficiently. It is not a medical science, but like bacteriology, it is indispensable for medicine in general and for psychiatry, mental hygiene, and education in particular. In brief, it is the formulation of a new non-aristotelian system of orientation which affects every branch of science and life. The separate issues involved are not entirely new; their methodological formulation as a system which is workable, teachable and so elementary that it can be applied by children, is entirely new.”
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