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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS
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the third stimulations is twice as long as that between the first and the second, the distance between the second and the third spots will be judged as nearly twice as great as that between the first and second. Similar results are obtained with other analysers, such as vision and hearing. If we change the conditions of the experiment, the results may be reversed. It is interesting to note that the effect does not depend on 'knowing', as similar results happen when the subject knows the conditions of the experiment. The last shows that the experiment deals with a physiological and neurological mechanism. In general terms, if we vary the time-interval in the opposite sense from the space-interval, the latter will be distorted, showing once more the structural fact that in actual life and experience we deal exclusively with the four-dimensional space-time order, which, as such, must have physiological and neurological significance, and an adapting mechanism.