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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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disturbances of the semantic reactions (psycho-logical responses to words and other stimuli in connection with their meanings) ;
7.  It formulates a physiological foundation for 'mental' hygiene, which turns out to be a most general preventive psychophysiological experimental method;
8.   It shows the psychophysiological foundation of the childhood of humanity as indicated by the infantilism in our present private, public, and international lives;
9.   In biology it gives a semantic and structural solution of the 'organism-as-a-whole' problem;
10.   In physiology and neurology it reformulates to human levels the Pavlov theory of conditional reflexes, suggesting a new scientific field of psychophysiology for experiments;
11.  In epistemology and semantics it establishes a definite non-elementalistic theory of meanings based not only on definitions but also on undefined terms;
12.   It introduces a new development and use of 'structure';
13.   It establishes structure as the only possible content of knowledge;
14.  It discovers the multiordinality of the most important terms we have, thus removing the psycho-logical blockage of semantic origin and helping the average man or scientist to become a 'genius', etc.;
15.  It formulates a new and physiological theory of mathematical types of extreme simplicity and very wide application;
16.   It offers a non-aristotelian solution of the problem of mathematical 'infinity';
17.  It offers a new non-aristotelian, semantic (from Greek, to signify) definition of mathematics and number, which clarifies the mysteries about the seemingly uncanny importance of number and measurement and throws a new light on the role, structural significance, meaning, and methods of mathematics and its teaching;
18.  In physics, the enquiry explains some fundamental, but as yet disregarded, semantic aspects of physics in general, and of Einstein's and the new quantum theories in particular;
19.   It resolves simply the problem of 'indeterminism' of the newer quantum mechanics, etc.
I realize that the thoughtful reader may be staggered by such a partial list. I am in full sympathy with him in this. I also was staggered.
As this enquiry claims to be scientific, in the 1933 sense, I must explain how, in spite of great difficulties and handicaps, I was able to accomplish the work. As my work progressed, it turned out to be