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ican Congress on General Semantics at the Washington College of Education at Ellensburg, where a number of papers from various fields were presented. The present writer delivered three addresses on the application of general semantics to education and medicine, which are printed in the proceedings of the Congress.* The Second American Congress on General Semantics will be held at the University of Denver in August, 1941. This Congress is organized by Professor Elwood Murray of the University and M. Kendig, Educational Director of the Institute.
In 1938 the Institute of General Semantics was incorporated in Chicago for neuro-linguistic, neuro-epistemologic, scientific research and education. Since that date, as director of the Institute, my major efforts have been concentrated on further research and co-ordination of rapidly accumulating empirical data, along with the conduct of seminar courses to train in the new extensional methods for application in personal adjustment, and in the respective special fields of the students. At present several universities are offering accredited courses in general semantics, and in a number of other universities and colleges general semantics is incorporated in the presentation of other courses.
From scientific necessity this book was written inductively; the seminar courses are presented deductively, and so the two complement each other. The seminars include much illustrative empirical material accumulated in the five years of application of the system by my co-workers and myself, together with the pertinent, factual, newest findings of other sciences.
The non-aristotelian system presented here has turned out to be a strictly empirical science, as predicted, with results which have greatly surpassed even my expectations. 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
* Distributed by the Institute of General Semantics, Lakeville, Connecticut.
** The terms 'era', 'epoch' and 'system' will frequently appear here, and to avoid confusion it may be advisable to indicate in what sense these terms are used. 1) Era: 'A date or an event, which begins a new period in the history of anything; an important date. ... A period marked by the prevalence of some particular state of things.' Etc. 2) Epoch: '. . . a period of history denned by the prevalence of some particular state of things. ... A period ... in the history of a process.' Etc. 3) System: 'A set or assemblage of things connected, associated, or interdependent, so