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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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if mankind is to pass from an infantile stage of its development into an era of general sanity, this would require a serious collaboration of medical science. Unfortunately, medical science is one of the most laborious and difficult disciplines, and, of late, in spite of some specific advances, it is rapidly ceasing to be in general a modern science. Any one who attends medical congresses, scientific meetings, or follows up medical literature often wonders whether he listens to, or reads, scientific arguments, or sixteenth century religious disputes. Dr. F. G. Crookshank, in his chapter on The Importance of a Theory of Signs and a Critique of Language in the Study of Medicine in Ogden and Richard's The Meaning of Meaning, gives an excellent picture of the present sad state of affairs; but a A analysis discovers deeper foundations underlying the difficulties in medicine, which would have to be remedied by the revision of medical education. In this connection, A issues become very important. Organisms in general, and humans in particular, represent colloidal processes which involve tremendous pressure because of colloidal attraction for water. Dr. Neda Marinesco1 has recently suggested that Ice VI constitutes an important factor in the human organism. Ice VI represents a new form of ice discovered by P. W. Bridgman2 who found that water in bulk and at the temperature of the body may be found to crystallize by the application of high pressure. It is the notion of Dr. Marinesco that the forces of adsorption may be as high as the pressure used by Bridgman, so that in thin surface films the arrangement of water molecules may be much like that found in Ice VI, It may interest the reader to know that, among others, Professor Bridgman discovered that aceton becomes solidified at room temperature, albumen coagulates., under high pressure.
Although physicians in their university days are well acquainted with colloidal chemistry, yet somehow, in practice, they have great difficulties in 'thinking' in colloidal terms. With the newest discoveries of physics of high pressure and piezochemistry, with their bewildering variety of physical manifestations, which, under different pressure, change with every individual material, a modern physician will have to 'think' not only in terms of colloids, but of colloids in combination with the data of high-pressure physics and piezochemistry. Now such 'thinking' is humanly impossible under the traditional two-, or three-valued A disciplines and becomes only possible with oo-valued A general semantics. One of the immediate results of the use of A disciplines is the elimination of the elementalism of 'body' and 'mind', 'intellect' and 'emotions'. , and the introduction of the non-el point of view as given in the present work. This requires every physician to be acquainted with