SCIENCE AND SANITY - online book

An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

Home | About | Philosphy | Contact | Search

I lowever, even today, as Pavlov has shown in his laboratories, we can impose, by an interplay of a four-dimensional order of stimuli, such conditions upon animals for which their nervous survival structure was not naturally adapted, and so induce nervous pathological states. Wrong evaluation is, indeed, harmful to all life and accounts for such rigid survival laws in nature, which science teaches humans how to make more flexible. Practically word for word, this applies to ourselves. We are constantly producing more and more complex conditions of life, man-made, man-invented, and deceptive for the non-prepared. These new conditions are usually due to the application of the work of some genius, and the nervous system and s.r of most of us are not prepared for such eventualities. In spite of inventions and discoveries of science, which are human achievements, we still preserve animalistic systems and doctrines which shape our s.r. Hence, life becomes more strained and increasingly more unhappy, thereby multiplying the number of nervous break-downs.
It is known that not all people are able to visualize equally well. In the older days this fact was taken for granted, and did not suggest further analysis. Under present conditions in many human beings and also in animals, as shown in the experiments of Pavlov, the visual stimuli are physiologically weaker than the auditory ones; in man, however, the visual stimuli should be physiologically stronger than the auditory. This difference does not affect the general mechanism of the cyclic nerve currents and orders of abstractions. In the auditory type the main returning currents are deviated into different paths. The division between 'visual' and 'auditory' types is not sharp. In life we deal mainly with individuals who have no more than a special inclination for one or the other types of reaction.
In the case of 'mental' processes, human adjustment has to be managed on higher, more numerous, and more complex levels. Obviously, then, the auditory types are more enmeshed by words, further removed from life than the visual ones, and so cannot be equally well adjusted. This fact should not be neglected, and on the human levels we should have educational methods to train in visualization, which au-Iniimtically eliminates identification.
The auditory channels which connect us with the external world ire much less subtle and effective than the visual ones. The eye is not merely a 'sense-organ'. Embryology shows that the eye is a part of the brain itself, and what is called the 'optic nerve' must be considered not a nerve but as a genuine nervous tract. This fact, of course, would |assign to the eye a special semantic importance, not shared with other