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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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I. PRELIMINARIES
Indeed, experience shows that the more technically developed a nation or race is, the more cruel, ruthless, predatory, and commercialized its systems tend to become. These tendencies, in turn, colour and vitiate international, national, capital-labour, and even family, relations.
Is, then, the application of science at fault? No, the real difficulty lies in the fact that different primitive, animalistic, un-revised doctrines and creeds with corresponding s.r have not advanced in an equal ratio with the technical achievements. When we analyse these creeds semanti-cally, we find them to be based on structural assumptions which are false to facts, but which are strictly connected with the unrevised structure of the primitive language, all of which is the more dangerous because it works unconsciously.
When we study comparatively the nervous responses of animals and man, the above issues become quite clear, and we discover a definite psychophysiological mechanism which marks this difference. That the above has not been already formulated in a workable way is obviously due to the fact that the structure of the old language successfully prevented the discovery of these differences, and, indeed, has been largely responsible for these human semantic disturbances. Similarly, in the present ^?-system, the language of a new and modern structure, as exemplified by terms such as 'time-binding', 'orders of abstractions', 'multi-ordinal terms', 'semantic reactions'., led automatically to the disclosure of the mechanism, pointing the way toward the means of control of a special therapeutic and preventive character.
The net results are, in the meantime, very promising. Investigation shows that, in general, the issues raised are mostly linguistic, and that, in particular, they are based on the analysis of the structure of languages in connection with s.r. All statements, therefore, which are made in this work are about empirical facts, language and its structure. We deal with an obvious and well-known inherent psychophysiological function of the human organism, and, therefore, all statements can be readily verified or eventually corrected and refined, allowing easy application, and automatically eliminating primitive mythologies and s.r.
After all is done and said, one can only wonder why such a simple fact that language represents a very important, unique, and inherent psychophysiological function of the human organism has been neglected so long.
The answer seems to be that: (1) the daily language is structurally extremely complex; (2) it is humanly impossible to analyse its structure by using the language of A structure, so that before anything can be done at all in this field a .^-system must first be formulated; (3) there is