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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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I. PRELIMINARIES
ever we speak of s.r, non-el meanings, structure, relations, and, finally, order, are implied.
The use of non-el languages is seriously beneficial, as it is structurally more correct and establishes s.r which are more appropriate, more flexible, or of higher order conditionality, a necessity for the optimum working of the human nervous system, - all of which results follow automatically from the structure of the language used.
A non-el, structurally correct, but non-formulated, attitude is a private benefit. Once it is formulated in a non-el language, it becomes a public benefit, as it induces in others the non-el attitudes, thus transforming the former s.r. In this way, a 'feeling' has been translated structurally into language; which, in turn, through structure, involves other people's attitudes and 'feelings', and so their s.r.
The whole process is extremely simple, elementary, and automatic; yet, before we acquire the new s.r, we find difficulties because of the fundamental novelty of these reactions. Any persistent student will acquire them easily, provided he does not expect too rapid a progress. The subject matter of the present analysis is closely related to the 'feelings' of everybody; yet the difficulties in acquiring the new reactions are similar to those the older scientists found in acquiring the s.r necessary for mastering the E and A^ systems.
In physics, we often need 'space-like' or 'time-like' intervals, although the non-el implications of the term 'interval' remain. Similarly, in our problems when we are interested in the 'emotion-like' or 'mind-like' aspects of the non-el s.r, we shall indicate the special aspects by using the old terms in quotation marks. This method prevents wasteful and futile speculations on el terms, and serves as a reminder that the other aspects are present, although in a given discussion we do not deem them to be important. The above has, by itself, very far-reaching semantic influence on our reactions.
From what has already been said, it is clear that the terminology of semantic reactions., covers in a non-el way all psycho-logical reactions which were formerly covered by el terms of 'emotions' and 'intellect', the reactions themselves always being on the objective levels and un-speakable. As s.r can always be analysed into terms of meanings and evaluation, and the latter into terms of structure, relations, and multidimensional order, which involves physiological factors, the term 'semantic' ultimately appears as a physiological or rather psychophysiological term. It suggests workable and simple educational methods which will be explained later. The reader should notice that the use of a language