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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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I. PRELIMINARIES
What is of importance is that the issues presented should be sound in the main, even if not perfect in details, which often have no bearing on the subject. Specialists in the fields here analysed should pass their professional judgement as to the soundness of their special parts of the system. They do not need even to be enthusiastic, it is enough if they approve it. The main issue is the building of a -system, which co-ordinates many disconnected fields of knowledge on the basis of structure, from the special point of view of non-el s.r. If these results have been accomplished, the author is satisfied.
Section B. On the unspeakable objective level.
The term 'un-speakable' expresses exactly that which we have up to now practically entirely disregarded; namely, that an object or feeling, say, our toothache, is not verbal, is not words. Whatever we may say will not be the objective level, which remains fundamentally un-speakable. Thus, we can sit on the object called 'a chair', but we cannot sit on the noise we made or the name we applied to that object. It is of utmost importance for the present-system not to confuse the verbal level with the objective level, the more so that all our immediate and direct 'mental' and 'emotional' reactions, and all s.r, states, and reflexes, belong to the un-speakable objective levels, as these are not words. This fact is of great, but unrealized, importance for the training of appropriate s.r. We can train these reactions simply and effectively by 'silence on the objective levels', using familiar objects called 'a chair' or 'a pencil', and this training automatically affects our 'emotions', 'feelings', as well as other psycho-logical immediate responses difficult to reach, which are also not words. We can train simply and effectively the s.r inside our skins by training on purely objective and familiar grounds outside our skins, avoiding unnecessary psycho-logical difficulties, yet achieving the desired semantic results. The term 'un-speakable' is used in its strict English meaning. The objective level is not words, can not be reached by words alone, and has nothing to do with 'good' or 'bad'; neither can it be understood as 'non-expressible by words' or 'not to be described by words', because the terms 'expressible' or 'described' already presuppose words and symbols. Something, therefore, which we call 'a chair' or 'a toothache' may be expressed or described by words; yet, the situation is not altered, because the given description or expression will not be the actual objective level which we call 'a chair' or 'a toothache'.
Semantically, this problem is genuinely crucial. Any one who misses that - and it is unfortunately easily missed - will miss one of the most