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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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UN-SANITY VERSUS SANITY
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The majority of professional criminals and prostitutes have an infantile make-up. No matter how cunning, they usually show little foresight. They appear egotistic, boastful, exhibitionistic,. Gangsters love pomp; their funerals are, as a rule, very expensive, - they want, even after death, to 'show off'. Criminals seldom become good fathers or mothers. They treat each other brutally and are generally promiscuous. Ethically, they behave usually as 'moral imbeciles', not realizing fully what they do. I am not advocating the abolishment of the death penalty on sentimental grounds, but an enlightened society should abolish any penalty on sick individuals. The 'mentally' ill criminal type should be either taken care of or else eliminated with some scientific benefit, but not as a penalty. Professional criminals can hardly ever become 'morally reformed' or useful members of society, unless the application of medical science can alter their pathological s.r. Without scientific attendance, they would practically always remain socially dangerous individuals. If we want to grow out of the present infantilism, experimentation on humans should be encouraged. Modern experimentation on animals is very humane, and suffering is eliminated. Criminals who are condemned to death should be given to science for experimenting. They would not suffer. Ultimately, they would probably die, but the benefits to the rest of mankind through scientific discoveries would be very important. Under present conditions, we 'take revenge on', 'punish'. , mostly sick individuals, with seriously brutalizing semantic effects on the rest of us. There is not the slightest doubt that experimentation confined solely to animals, no matter how useful, will not solve many problems of Smith. Experimentation on humans is essential, and must be permitted. Most of the notorious criminals who go to the gallows appear at least infantile. How instructive it would be to make experiments on such individuals in respect to their thymus,. The list of experiments which science ought to make is very long, but material is lacking for such experimentation. Let me repeat that modern science can conduct its experiments without suffering to the individual, in spite of the fact that some of these experiments would be dangerous and might easily end in the painless death of the subject. The killing off of criminals (sick individuals) as a 'revenge' or 'punishment' or 'justice* is really too antiquated and too barbaric and wasteful for an enlightened society. If society wants to eliminate them, society can do it; but, at least, let us do it without such brutalizing morbidity, and with as great benefit to knowledge as possible.
The elimination of infantilism must be considered more than a personal issue with individuals; it becomes an international semantic