Let us imagine that the aboriginal-original human specimen was one of two brother apes, A and B; they were alike in every respect; both were animal space-binders; but something strange happened to B; he became the first time-binder, a human. Chapter: What is Man? Humans can be literally poisoned by false ideas and false teachings. Many people have a just horror at the thought of putting poison into tea or coffee, but seem unable to realize that, when they teach false ideas and false doctrines, they are poisoning the time-binding capacity of their fellow men and women.

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The concepts in it have become very important to my outlook on life. It is very academic. But it is well worth it. I wish that General Semantics had truly caught on.

Particularly, as indicated in the title, within the practice of science. Sep 16, Marius rated it really liked it It took me a whole winter - about 5 months - to read through this opus. I really liked it - therefore the four stars. What I retained is that a map is not the territory, and that there can be as many maps as there are individual minds. However, I have the impression that Mr. Korzybski never questions his core belief that there is one territory, a single objective reality that might be shared among semantically educated people, resulting in sanity for all.

After having finished the book, I felt It took me a whole winter - about 5 months - to read through this opus. After having finished the book, I felt emotionally connected to Mr. Korzybski, touched by the combination of strength, gentleness and modesty his writing exudes. I read all of it save the appendices back in the sixties and was very impressed. Some of the hard science is very dated, so you have to filter much of that out. The book definitely had an effect on the way I think about things.

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What is General Semantics?

Born in Warsaw , Poland , then part of the Russian Empire , Korzybski belonged to an aristocratic Polish family whose members had worked as mathematicians, scientists, and engineers for generations. He learned the Polish language at home and the Russian language in schools; and having a French and German governess , he became fluent in four languages as a child. Korzybski studied engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology. After being wounded in a leg and suffering other injuries, he moved to North America in first to Canada, then to the United States to coordinate the shipment of artillery to Russia.


Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics

Overview[ edit ] "Identification" and "the silent level"[ edit ] In the "Silent and Verbal Levels" diagram, [9] the arrows and boxes denote ordered stages in human neuro-evaluative processing that happens in an instant. Although newer knowledge in biology has more sharply defined what the text in these boxes labels "electro-colloidal", [10] the diagram remains, as Korzybski wrote in his last published paper in , "satisfactory for our purpose of explaining briefly the most general and important points". Once trained, general semanticists affirm, a person will act, respond, and make decisions more appropriate to any given set of happenings. Although producing saliva constitutes an appropriate response when lemon juice drips onto the tongue, a person has inappropriately identified when an imagined lemon or the word "l—e—m—o—n" triggers a salivation response.


Alfred Korzybski

This notice must remain a part of the text. The term general semantics originated with Alfred Korzybski in as the name for a general theory of evaluation, which in application turned out to be an empirical science, giving methods for general human adjustment in our private, public, and professional lives. His study has led ultimately to the formulation of a new system, with general semantics as its modus operandi. What Makes Humans Human? After World War I Korzybski and others began to analyze the precipitating factors of such human disasters, realizing that some fundamental ideational revisions were due. He analyzed the neurological and socio-cultural processes by which men can create, preserve, and transmit what they have learned individually to future generations. This unique neurological capacity he called time-binding.


General semantics

Richard Nordquist is professor emeritus of rhetoric and English at Georgia Southern University and the author of several university-level grammar and composition textbooks. General Semantics According to Kodish and Kodish "General semantics provides a general theory of evaluation. Do they think that they have found some? Do they investigate how they came to be looking for unicorns? How are they experiencing the search? How do they talk about it? How are they experiencing the process of evaluating what has happened?

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