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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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of view, in which indeterminism is only a particular case and does not allow of the structural test. In a science of man, in a -system, we must start with the more fundamental and general. Accordingly, we have to accept oo-valued determinism, which, in 1933, becomes the broad scientific point of view. The unnecessary semantic war between the advocates of the different points of view has been unduly bitter and necessarily futile.
As words are not the things we speak about, and the only link is structural, the 'human mind' must require linguistic structural as-valued determinism as a condition of rationality. As soon as we find that any linguistic issues are not deterministic, it is an unmistakable sign that the language or the 'logic' we are using is not similar in structure to the empirical world and so should be changed.
This statement seems to be general. In application to the new quantum mechanics' special problem, it would appear that the old macroscopic language of 'space', 'time'., is not similar to the sub-microscopic structure and should, therefore, be changed. Perhaps the electrodynamic language, instead of the macro-mechanistic, would fare better.