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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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INTRODUCTION
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they show unmistakably that, to a large extent, even now we nearly all copy animals in our nervous processes. Investigation further shows that such nervous reactions in man lead to non-survival, pathological states of general infantilism, infantile private and public behaviour, infantile institutions, infantile 'civilizations' founded on strife, fights, brute competitions ., these being supposedly the 'natural' expression of 'human nature', as different commercialists and their assistants, the militarists and priests, would have us believe.
As always in human affairs, in contrast to those ot animals, the issues are circular. Our rulers, who rule our symbols, and so rule a symbolic class of life, impose their own infantilism on our institutions, educational methods, and doctrines. This leads to nervous maladjustment of the incoming generations which, being born into, are forced to develop under the un-natural (for man) semantic conditions imposed on them. In turn, they produce leaders afflicted with the old animalistic limitations. The vicious circle is completed; it results in a general state of human un-sanity, reflected again in our institutions. And so it goes, on and on.
At first, such a discovery is shocking. On second consideration, however, it seems natural that the human race, being relatively so recent, and having passed through different low levels of development, should misunderstand structurally their human status, should misuse their nervous system,. The present work, which began as the 'Manhood of Humanity' turned out to be the 'Adulthood of Humanity', for it discloses a psychophysiological mechanism of infantilism, and so points toward its prevention and to adulthood.
The term 'infantilism' is often used in psychiatry. No one who has had any experience with the 'mentally' ill, and studied them, can miss the tact that they always exhibit some infantile symptoms. It is also known that an adult, otherwise considered 'normal', but who exhibits marked infantile semantic characteristics, cannot be a fully adjusted individual, and usually wrecks his own and other persons' lives.
In the present investigation, we have discovered and formulated a definite psychophysiological mechanism which is to be found in all cases of 'mental' ills, infantilism, and the so-called 'normal' man. The differences between such neural disturbances in different individuals turn out to vary only in degree, and as they resemble closely the nervous responses of animals, which are necessarily regressive for man, we must conclude that, generally, we do not use our nervous system properly, and that we have not, as yet, entirely emerged from a very primitive semantic stage of development, in spite of our technical achievements.