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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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point of view. To refer the reader to other writers would necessitate the reading of a fair-sized library, because often from a whole book he would need only a few scattered paragraphs. This would involve a very expensive and laborious process of hunting, which very few would undertake; besides, it would not give a connected structural or semantic picture. I tried to induce some specialists to write a book on the structure and semantic aspects of mathematics, and another similar book on physics. I was told that it would be very laborious and difficult, if at all possible, and so I had no other choice than to try to write it myself.
I earnestly suggest the reading of Book III, so that the reader may, at least, become acquainted with the existence of such problems. I hope that even specialists may find some suggestions helpful, because the structural and semantic aspects of science and mathematics are usually neglected, the neglect of which introduces needless difficulties in the teaching. The elimination of identification helps to solve many scientific puzzles, besides eliminating semantic blockages and so helping creative activities.
The world affairs have seemingly come to an impasse and probably, without the help of scientists, mathematicians, and psychiatrists included, we shall not be able to solve our urgent problems soon enough to prevent a complete collapse. Now those who are professionally engaged in human affairs, economists, sociologists, politicians, bankers, priests of every kind, teachers., 'mental' hygiene workers, and psychiatrists included, do not even suspect that material and methods of great general semantic value can be found in mathematics and the exact sciences. The drawing of their attention to this fact, no matter how clumsily done at first, will stimulate further researches, produce better formulations and understanding, and ultimately create conditions where sanity will be possible.
Some of those who have seen my manuscript or with whom I have discussed the problems seemed to dislike the term 'copying animals in our nervous reactions' and also the explicit introduction of 'Fido'. As identification is found among animals, primitives, infants, and 'mentally' ill, it could be said that the introduction of 'Fido' was not necessary. I have given serious consideration to the eventual desirability of completely eliminating 'Fido' from my work and substituting the term 'primitive'.; but, after mature deliberation, I decided that it will be helpful to accentuate the distinction between the reactions of animal and man. The main justifications of this are as follows:
1) My whole work and the formulation of a ^-system started with an attempt to produce a science of man, this necessitating a mod-