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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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306                V. MATHEMATICS A A LANGUAGE
and correctly applied to both levels, and thus facilitate passing from the language appropriate to one level to the language appropriate to the other. But, in this case, to avoid confusion, we should have to make clear the multiordinality of terms and to embody recognition of this multiordinality in every, even the most elementary, education, as any education shapes and moulds some s.r. This will aid the working of the human nervous system, which, at present, is blocked, sometimes very effectively, by disturbances of evaluation. The old el, subject-predicate language has a structure dissimilar to the structure of this world as we know it in 1933, and also dissimilar to the structure and function of the human nervous system, and so, by necessity, hampers the s.r and deviates them from their natural course.
That the problems before us are subtle, and that the demarcation line between 'sanity', 'un-sanity', and 'insanity' is extremely thin, is no reason for neglecting this neurological benefit of psychophysiological investigation. It seems obvious that the attitude toward our forms of representation, and toward our s.r, are fundamentally affected by the disturbances of evaluation called identification or confusion of orders of abstractions, and, in particular, by objectification, which ascribe unjustified and delusional values and meanings to these forms.
Up to this point, we have been emphasizing the beneficial structural aspect of mathematics, and it is now necessary to explain why mathe-matizing, when considered as a formal interplay of contentless symbols, should not be considered a high-class 'mental' activity, no matter how useful and important it may be, and why the majority of mathematicians do not get the full psycho-logical semantic benefit of their training and activities. The nervous systems of many such mathematicians do not act fully and successfully, nor pass normally through the cycle of their natural activities. Such a technician is seldom, if ever, what we call a great man. He seldom has a direct creative influence on our lives. But, in the case of a man with a more efficient nervous system, the cycle is completed successfully, the higher abstractions are translated back into new lower abstractions, which are closer to life. Such an individual 'sees', 'visualizes', has 'intuitions'., in his symbolic interplays. He then has a new structural vision through a new survey of his own experiences and all the experiences of others when translated in terms of lower centres. He gains a deeper insight, which he ultimately makes useful to all of us.
Immediate experience, always un-speakable, is strictly connected with the lower centres. In the translation of experience into higher order abstractions and language, the un-speakable character of experi-