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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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CONSCIOUSNESS OF ABSTRACTING                425
recipes as 'when angry, count ten',. In daily life, such wisdom is acquired either by painful experience, or is taught to children in an A language, which, as practice shows, is rarely effective because of its inadequacy. It is seldom realized that the mechanism of these functional observations and familiar advices have very powerful and workable underlying neurological processes, which can be reached and directly affected by psychophysiological, ordinal, non-el methods in connection with the structure of the language we use. Thus, under an infantile, A, and prevailing system we use and teach our children a language involving the 'is' of identity, and so we must confuse orders of abstractions, preparing for ourselves and the children the harmful semantic predispositions for 'bursting into speech', instead of 'wait a minute', which, neurologically, means abusing our thalamus and keeping our cortex 'unemployed'. Ins. A oo-valued system we reject the 'is' of identity; we cannot confuse orders of abstractions; we cannot identify words with the un-speakable objective levels or inferences with descriptions, and we cannot identify the different abstractions of different individuals,. This semantic state of proper evaluation results in discrimination between the different orders of abstractions; an automatic delay is introduced - the cortex is switched completely into the nervous circuit. The semantic foundation is laid for 'higher mentality' and 'emotional balance'.
We have already had occasion to mention the mechanism of projection in connection with identification, as a semantic state of affective ascribing of lower centre characteristics to higher order abstractions and vice versa, and in connection with the introverted or extroverted attitudes. Likewise, we have already reached the conclusion that a well-adjusted and, therefore, well-balanced individual should be neither of the extremes, but a balanced extroverted introvert. By training with the Differential this important semantic result may be brought about. By training with the 'object' on its level, we become extroverted, and we learn to observe; this results in semantic freedom from 'preconceived ideas', such as we have when we start with the evaluation, label first and object next, instead of the natural order, object first and label next. By passing to higher order abstractions and evaluating the successive ranks of labels, we train in introversion. The result, as a whole, is that we may achieve the desirable and balanced semantic state of the extroverted introvert.
That in the training with the Differential we use all available nerve centres is beneficial, because the lower centres are in closer connection with the vegetative nervous system than are the others.