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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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CONCLUDING REMARKS
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lower order conditionality (compulsory) beyond conscious control. Here we differ from animals and hospital cases. When our conditional reactions are not fully regulated by proper s.r and become unconditional, we copy animals, and so are in a state of arrested development or of regression.
The general therapeutic and preventive measures are clearly indicated by such considerations. Conditional reactions in man should become fully conditional and not fixed as unconditional, or conditional of lower orders. In other words, instead of 'fixation', we should have means and methods to preserve and foster semantic flexibility. This last is accomplished by acquiring the semantic reactions connected with the consciousness of abstracting. I recommend this last point to the attention of specialists, as it is impossible in the present work to go further into details. Flexibility is an important semantic characteristic of healthy youth. Fixation is a semantic characteristic of old age. With the colloidal background, the imparting of permanent semantic flexibility which every one acquires who becomes conscious of abstracting might prove to be a crucial neuro-physico-chemical colloidal factor of, at present, unrealized power. The colloidal behaviour of our 'bodies' is dependent on electromagnetic., manifestations, which, in their turn, are connected with 'mental' states of every description. If the colloidal ageing, which brings on old age, 'physical' and 'mental' symptoms, and, ultimately, death, is connected with such 'mental' fixity, we may expect some rather startling results if we impart a permanent semantic flexibility. The 'ageing' involves electrical changes in the colloidal background, which must be connected with the older semantic states. The new fluid semantic states should have different electrical influences, which, in their turn, would bring about a difference in the colloidal behaviour on which our 'physical' states depend.
From a A point of view, a new era of human development seems possible, in which, by mere structural analysis and a linguistic revision, we will discover disregarded semantic mechanisms operating in all of us, which can be easily influenced and controlled; and we will discover, also, that at least a great deal of prevention can be accomplished.
It seems, also, that we will discover more about the dependence of 'human nature' on the structure of our languages, doctrines, institutions ., and will conclude that for adjustment, stability., we must adjust these man-made and man-invented semantic and other conditions in com-formity with that newly discovered 'human nature'. This, of course, would require a thorough scientific 1933, physico-mathematical, epistemo-logical, structural, and semantic revision of all existing human interests,