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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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iar consequences follow, which we, in our ignorance, have forced upon human life.
But if we put all systems and all 'logics'., on new A foundations, which are structurally closer to the facts of life (1933), all the older conclusions may even be reversed. The problem now before mankind is whether or not the new-system is more similar in structure to the world and our nervous system than the old. On the answer to this question, the future of civilization depends.
From the present point of view, we should establish with the League of Nations a permanent or scientific department, composed of a few of the best scholars from all countries, who would keep in touch, not only with the developments of their specialties, but would also co-ordinate them on general structural and epistemological foundations. This department would be the international authority on modern revised and co-ordinated standards of evaluation, which would be published in special proceedings. The present discrepancy and lack of co-ordination between different branches of knowledge becomes genuinely alarming and detrimental to mankind, because in 1933 it is humanly impossible for a single individual to attempt such a co-ordination. Members of this group would be selected by the universities of each country. In their researches, joint studies, and results, mankind at large would find the most reliable scientific and A opinions produced at each date, and would have some definite and conscious standards of evaluation by which to orient themselves.
The modern 'voting' has some benefits in local affairs, but when its very limited validity is not understood, it becomes a serious danger to mankind. Thus, when we are ill, or when we want a bridge built, we ask specialists for their scientific co-operation; we would hardly depend on ignorant voters. Similarly, in a scientific civilization, the major problems of mankind would be analysed by scientific specialists, recommendations offered to be accepted or rejected, as the case may be; but the ignorant voter would have at his disposal an unbiased, impersonal, and responsible opinion of international scientific specialists to compare with the equivocations of some local ignorant politician.
To facilitate such futureactivities, the International Non-aristo-telian Society has been established. It is hoped that soon the scientific, educational, 'mental' hygiene., workers will begin to unite on a local and national basis. Later, International Congresses will unite the local societies, which ultimately will be embodied as a permanent institution, most probably in the League of Nations.