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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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IDENTIFICATION AND VISUALIZATION            465
tially oo-valued processes, we only make proper evaluation, and so adjustment and sanity, very difficult.
single values of the objective, absolute individuals, and absolute individual stages of the process. Similarly with multiordinal terms. Before the multiordinality of terms was discovered and formulated by me in 1925, these terms were silently assumed in principle, to be one-valued, and we were either prevented from using them in connection with oo-valued orders of abstractions, or, if used by semantic necessity, we identified the indefinitely many values into one. Both results were undesirable; the first established semantic blockages to creative scientific work; the other promulgated semantic disturbances. But once the multiordinality of terms is established, we have oo-valued terms to which, in a given context (by differentiating the different orders of abstractions which a context indicates), we can ascribe single values.
Such a pioneering analysis may appear difficult at first, but this is only due to the lack of familiarity and established one-, two-, three-, or few-valued s.r, all of which involve ultimately identification somewhere. Once identification is abolished, however, and this is childishly simple, although not easy and rather laborious for grown-ups, oo-valued semantics become natural and automatic, evading very serious theoretical difficulties. In the present volume, I had to elaborate in detail upon different issues, simply because my readers will be mostly grown-ups with established pre-A, and A reactions, who must first be made to recognize the benefits of a evaluation before they will be willing to undergo a laborious re-education of their older s.r. The procedure in the training of infants and children is extremely simple and entirely on their levels.
There is, however, one point that I wish to make entirely clear. From the older point of view, one might say that a-system may lead to 'over-rationalization' and, consequently, take 'all the joy out of life'. Such objections are entirely unjustified. First of all, the-system leads to shallow, but often clever verbal interplay of definitions, mostly non-similar in structure to the world and ourselves, representing a species of apologetics, and usually called 'rationalization'. The -system leads to
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