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May 1942

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

Arch NeurPsych. 1942;47(5):877-878. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1942.02290050179019

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Abstract

No thoughtful scientist would quarrel with Korzybski's thesis that one must give up the outworn modes of expression in terms of either... or, in stultifying dichotomies such as "mental or physical," "functional or organic." These limited ways of thinking have done much harm to sciences, especially to psychiatry. Korzybski would have all learn to apply a multiordinal mechanism of evaluation. He says:

"If we stop to reflect, however, it seems obvious that those who are trained in two-valued, macroscopic, 'objective,' aristotelian orientations only, are thoroughly unable to have modern, electrocolloidal, sub-microscopic, infinite-valued, process orientations in life, which can be acquired only by training in non-aristotelian methods."

By this he means, it seems to me, that dualistic philosophies will not work in the twentieth century. Human bodies and what they do and experience cannot exist separately. Dividing objects into elements and analyzing them is no longer scientific in 1942, because it

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