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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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546         VII. THE MECHANISM OF TIME-BINDING
It should be noticed that consciousness of abstracting and proper evaluation are complex end-results which cannot be imparted directly, but which become automatically lasting semantic states only after we have eliminated one-valued identification, or introduced order, oo-valued differentiation, stratification,. The non-el benefit of the system consists in engaging the organism-as-a-whole. Thus, four-dimensional order plays the role of a potent physiological factor in the process and becomes the foundation for psychophysiology. Non-identity is a term applied on the verbal levels, which, on visual and intuitive levels, involves differentiation, ordering, and stratification. This system thus involves all necessary nerve centres and operates in a non-el way, as reactions on one level are easily and organically translated into the terms of other levels, making psychophysiology possible.
7) Finally, it is significant that many publications in the last ten years have shown efforts in a similar direction, which have received scientific and public approval. As I am more interested in creative work, rather than critical, I shall not analyse these strivings except to make one general remark that, because they are not based on order, structure, non-el s.r, the complete elimination of identification., they are valuable and useful to the selected few, but under no conditions could a psychophysiology or a theory of sanity be based on these works which could be applicable in general elementary linguistic and semantic education. If I am not mistaken, in this respect the present work differs radically from the others with which I am acquainted.
From a non-el point of view we can never disregard the effect the 'body' or 'emotions' have on the 'mind', and vice versa the effect that the 'mind' has on the 'emotions' and the 'body',. Identification and all its consequences involve seriously disturbing semantic factors with corresponding colloidal disturbances, and it seems that, as yet, the human race, outside of very exceptional cases, has never been free from these disturbances. What effect the elimination of such disturbances will have on the human race it is impossible to foretell at this stage, beyond expressing the expectation that the consequences must be highly beneficial.
We have already become acquainted with the terms 'conditional' and 'unconditional' reactions. In the example of the patient and the paper roses, we have seen that the pathological symptoms were 'unconditional'. They were compulsory, as in the case of the dogs mentioned in Part VI. In a healthy individual they would have been fully conditional reactions, under semantic control. The above terminology may be extended so as to apply to all 'mental' ills, for here that which in the 'normal' person is a fully conditional reaction becomes unconditional, or a reaction of