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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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and cannot grasp the necessity for a non-el,, and a physico-chemical, colloidal outlook, which integrates 'body' and 'mind'. The majority of psychiatrists in their turn, and for similar reasons, often have a highly metaphysical outlook, repulsive to the general physician. They do not seem to realize that they have at their disposal colloidal and physiological mechanisms as well as physico-mathematical formulations based on four-dimensional order, and that they, therefore, do not need any doubtful metaphysics. With modern semantics, the only possible scientific outlook (1933) must be colloidal, physico-chemical and physico-mathematical, in which the long sought for non-el solution of the 'body-mind' is found. The difficulties I am dealing with are general and depend on fundamental principles, the disregard of which introduces semantic blocking factors, at present imposed on the medical students, and from which only a few exceptional, scientifically inclined individuals are capable of breaking away. From the present point of view the older reflexology is also unsatisfactory and requires a A reformulation.
The present system, although far from complete, already suggests many most important structural issues which should be verified empirically. Experiments alone can decide which verbal structures are similar to empirical structures, and experimentation should be encouraged in the widest sense. Some further theoretical work should also be done. Clinical literature describes many new and unexpected facts. These facts should be described anew in the new language, to see what relations survive the transformation of forms of representation. Thus, if it is found that all 'mental' ills in all different formulations indicate improper evaluation, we should be justified in concluding that evaluation represents an invariant general characteristic of the activities of the human organism-as-a-whole, and, consequently, must be of extraordinary importance for adjustment and sanity. When we reach this conclusion, we should investigate the mechanism of evaluation, starting with the simplest issues; namely, investigating those factors which make proper evaluation impossible. We should discover that identification in all cases makes proper evaluation impossible, and should then conclude that identification must be entirely eliminated before we can go one step further. In fact, once we have reached these rather obvious results, the rest of the ,?-system follows. But this would not be enough; we must verify the conclusions empirically, and this suggests directly that a definite series of experiments should be undertaken.
In hospitals for 'mentally' ill two equally large groups of accessible patients exhibiting similar clinical symptoms should be selected, and isolated. A physician who himself has undergone a A training should