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April 11, 1942

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

JAMA. 1942;118(15):1337-1338. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830150073034

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Language in Action.  By S. I. Hayakawa, Assistant Professor of English, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Cloth. Price, $2. Pp. 245. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1941.

Language Habits in Human Affairs: An Introduction to General Semantics.  By Irving J. Lee, Ph.D. With a foreword by Alfred Korzybski Cloth. Price, $1.75. Pp. 278, with illustrations. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1941.

  1. This volume, from the Institute of General Semantics, is obviously the basis of many of the current writings in semantics which have attracted such large public audiences. The average reader would do well to consult such works as those of Stuart Chase on "The Tyranny of Words" and Hayakawa on "Language in Action" as an introduction to this more profound contribution. As Stuart Chase has said, "Korzybski has spent ten years on the book, raiding nearly every branch of science, from neurology to the quantum

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