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254                 V. MATHEMATICS A A LANGUAGE
to a stimulus, the term used for that 'quality' becomes a name for a very complex relation. This procedure can be always employed, thus establishing once more the fundamental character of relations.
These last statements are of serious structural and semantic importance, being closely connected with the A, fundamental, and undeniable negative premises. These results can be taught to children very simply; yet this automatically involves an entirely new and modern method of evaluation and attitude toward language, which will affect beneficially the, as yet entirely disregarded, s.r.
We must consider, briefly, the terms 'kind' and 'degree', as we shall need them later. Words, symbols., serve as forms of representation and belong to a different universe - the 'universe of discourse' - since they are not the un-speakable levels we are speaking about. They belong to a world of higher abstractions and not to the world of lower abstractions given to us by the lower nerve centres.
Common experience and scientific investigations (more refined experience) show us that the world around us is made up of absolute individuals, each different and unique, although interconnected. Under such conditions it is obviously optional what language we use. The more we use the language of diverse 'kind', the sharper our definitions must be. Psycho-logically, the emphasis is on difference. Such procedure may be a tax on our ingenuity, but by it we are closer to the structural facts of life, where, in the limit, we should have to establish a 'kind' for every individual.
In using the term 'degree', we may be more vague. We proceed by similarities, but such a treatment implies a fundamental interconnection between different individuals of a special kind. It implies a definite kind of metaphysics or structural assumptions - as, for instance, a theory of evolution. As our 'knowledge' is the result of nervous abstracting, it seems, in accordance with the structure of our nervous system, to give preference to the term 'degree' first, and only when we have attained a certain order of verbal sharpness to pass to a language of 'kind', if need arises.
The study of primitive languages shows that, historically, we had a tendency for the 'kind' language, resulting in over-abundance of names and few relation-words, which makes higher analysis impossible. Science, on the other hand, has a preference for the 'degree' language, which, ultimately, leads to mathematical languages, enormous simplicity and economy of words, and so to better efficiency, more intelligence, and to the unification of science. Thus, chemistry became a branch of physics; physics, a branch of geometry; geometry merges with analysis, and