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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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232 IV. STRUCTURAL FACTORS IN A LANGUAGES
main difficulty in writing this book. Readers who identify, that is, who believe unconsciously with all their affective impulses in the objectivity of 'matter', 'space', and 'time', will have difficulty in modifying their s.r in this field.
Let us see now what consequences the obj edification of 'time' will have for us. If we do not objectify, and feel instinctively and permanently that words are not the things spoken about, then we could not speak about such meaningless subjects as the 'beginning' or the 'end' of 'time'. But, if we are semantically disturbed and objectify, then, of course, since objects have a beginning and an end, so also would 'time' have a 'beginning' and an 'end'. In such pathological fancies the universe must have a 'beginning in time' and so must have been made., and all of our old anthropomorphic and objectified mythologies follow, including the older theories of entropy in physics. But, if 'time' is only a human form of representation and not an object, the universe has no 'beginning in time' and no 'end in time'; in other words, the universe is 'time'-less. It was not made, it just 'was, is, and will be'. The moment we realize, feel permanently, and utilize these realizations and feelings that words arf not things, then only do we acquire the semantic freedom to use different forms of representation. We can fit better their structure to the facts at hand, become better adjusted to these facts which are not words, and so evaluate properly m.o realities, which evaluation is important for sanity.
According to what we know in 1933, the universe is 'time'-less; in other words, there is no such object as 'time'. In terms of periods, or years, or minutes, or seconds, which is a different language, we may have infinite numbers of such timer. This statement is another form of stating the principle of conservation of energy, or whatever other fundamental higher abstraction physicists will discover.
Because 'time' is a feeling, produced by conditions of this world outside and inside our skins, which can be said to represent times, the problem of 'time' becomes a neuro-mathematical issue. It must also be noticed that times, as a term, implies times of something, somewhere, and so, as with plenum or fulness, it is structurally a non-el, A term.
Times has also many other most important implications. It implies numbers of times, it implies periods, waves, vibrations, frequencies, units, quanta, discontinuities, and, indeed, the whole structural apparatus of modern science.
Euclidean 'space' had the semantic background of 'emptiness'. In it we moved our figures from place to place and always assumed that this could be done quite safely and accurately. Newtonian mechanics