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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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large and this whole volume is devoted to that subject. Here I shall mention, once more, that only with A standards of evaluation does a scientific treatment of man and his affairs become possible. A ^-system depends on a complete elimination of identification which affects beneficially all our s.r, as experience and experiments show.
It has been already emphasized that in the human child the nervous system is not physically finished at birth, and that for some years thereafter it is plastic. Hence, the 'environment' - which includes languages, doctrines, with their structure, all connected with evaluation-components - conditions the future functioning of the system. The way in which the nervous system works, the 'sanity', 'un-sanity' and 'insanity' of the individual depends to a large extent on how this plastic and sensitive apparatus is treated, particularly in childhood. Because of the serial structure of the nervous system, the language and doctrines supplied should be of the structure necessary for the adequate representation of serial structures and functions. With the old A means this could not be accomplished.
At this point, it will be well to introduce an important semantic subject, to which we shall return later; namely, the connection between the primitive subject-predicate language and identification. For example, the statement, 'the leaf is green', is taken to imply 'greenness', which, by its verbal structure, has the character of a 'substantive' and implies some sort of objective independence. It is not considered as an asymmetrical relation between the observer and the observed and, accordingly, tends toward an additive implication. 'Greenness' is thus objectified and added to the leaf in describing a 'green leaf. The objectified 'greenness' leads to an anthropomorphic mythology, which, in turn, involves and develops the undifferentiated projecting mechanism so fundamental in semantic disturbances. The objectification is evaluated structurally as a 'real' situation, and this introduces the non-survival reversed order evaluation in which the use of the 'is' of identity, resulting in identification, is the main factor. The stronger the structural 'belief in the 'truth' of the representation, or, in other words, the more we identify the higher order abstractions with the lower, which, in fact, are different, the more dangerous becomes the 'emotional' tension in the form of unjustified evaluation, which, ultimately, must involve delusional factors, no matter how slight, and result in semantic disturbances. Ignorance, involving strong faith in the erroneous structural belief, is dangerously akin to more developed symptoms of 'mental' illness called illusions, delusions, and hallucinations. We are mostly semantic victims of the primitive doctrines which underlie the A structure of our