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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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CHAPTER XXIX
ON NON-ARISTOTELIAN TRAINING
If the preliminary experiments described above should be fully upheld, an important fact in the physiology of the cortex will be disclosednamely, that new connections can be established in the cortex, not only in the areas of optimal excitability, but also in those areas which are in one or another phase of inhibition. (394)                                                     I. p. pavlov
That wretched monosyllable "all" has caused mathematicians more trouble than all the rest of the dictionary. (23>                          e. t. bell
... these observations . . . point to the view . . . that the mechanism of development of a conditioned reflex and the mechanism of external inhibition are somehow similar, and that the process of external inhibition bears some relation to the development of new connections between different cortical elements. (394)                                              I. p. pavlov
In particular the factor of duration of time was shown to act as a real physiological stimulus, and experiments were described in which definite time intervals appeared as effective stimuli. (394)                    I. p. pavlov
The procedure for training in the present system by the aid of the Differential follows directly from the theoretical considerations which have been explained in the foregoing chapters. The contentions of the system have been verified experimentally in all cases where it has been consistently applied.
The main aim is to acquire the coveted 'consciousness of abstracting', on which non-delusional evaluation is based, and which becomes the foundation for non-pathological s.r and sanity. As we deal with different aspects of an organic process which inherently works as-a-whole, all these aspects appear strictly interrelated. We have found by analysis two main aspects which underlie the others. It appears that the A structure leads to semantic states which can be formulated as the feeling of 'allness', and that, through the 'is' of identity, it leads to the confusion of orders of abstractions. Thus, for training, the program is readily sketched: we must first eliminate the 'allness'; then we must impart this peculiar stratification of 'human knowledge' which follows from the rejection of the 'is' of identity; in other words, eliminate identification. It becomes also obvious that a theory of sanity cannot be separated from a-system.
Since the organism works as-a-whole, all nerve centres should be trained so as to impart a permanent, lasting, and ingrained feeling of abstracting. Once this has been achieved, the recognition of the vertical and the horizontal stratification of human knowledge becomes, also, a
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