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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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I. PRELIMINARIES
science of man in al) aspects of his behaviour, science, mathematics, and 'mental' ills included.
It is to be hoped that, in the not-too-distant future, some individuals and universities will awaken to the fact that language is a fundamental psychophysiological function of man, and that a scientific investigation of man in all his activities, is a necessary, pressing, very promising, and practical undertaking. Then, perhaps, special chairs will be established in universities, and some such researches in semantic reactions and sanity will command as much interest and public encouragement as other scientific investigations.
I, personally, have no doubt that this would mark the beginning of a new era, the scientific era, in which all human desirable characteristics would be released from the present animalistic, psychophysiological, A semantic blockages, and that sanity would prevail.
That this is not a dream, and that such nervous mechanisms producing blockages do exist, has been demonstrated by Pavlov on his dogs, by all psychotherapy, and the experiments now being made on the elimination of the disturbances of the s.r. The abundance of geniuses among younger physicists, since the einsteinian structural revolution and semantic release, is also an important empirical evidence that different man-made verbal systems can stimulate or hamper the functioning of the human nervous system.
What has been said here has very solid structural, neurological foundations. For our purpose, we may consider a rough structural difference between the nervous systems of man and animal. Briefly, we can distinguish in the brain two kinds of nervous fibres, the radiating projection fibres and the tangential correlation and association fibres. With the increase of complexities and modifiability of the behaviour, we find an increased number and more complex interrelations of association fibres. The main difference, for instance, between the brain of a man and the brain of a higher ape is found not in the projection apparatus, but in the association paths, which are enormously enlarged, more numerous, and more complex in man than in any animal. Obviously, if these association paths are blocked to the passage of nervous impulses by some psychophysiological process, the reactions of the individual must be of a lower order, and such blockage must give the effect of the given individual's being organically deficient, and must, therefore, result in animalistic behaviour.
The present investigation discloses that the s.r may assume very diversified forms, one of which is the production of very powerful psychophysiological blockages. These, when once we understand their mechanism, can be eliminated by proper education and training in appropriate s.r.