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### An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

 644 IX. ON EMPIRICAL AND VERBAL STRUCTURES putting a magnet under the paper. He will find that the particles of iron dust arrange themselves in a very definite structure as shown in Fig. 2. Faraday also discovered that the forces between two magnetic poles likewise depend on the medium that happens to be between them. He concluded correctly that the electric as well as the magnetic forces are produced by a state of tension in the intervening medium. These two examples will suffice as illustrations, but it can be said in general that all modern physics gives ample proofs of the correctness of Faraday's structural point of view. Some physicists, for instance Helmholtz, built special devices to test the correctness of this theory. As a matter of fact the success of the whole electromagnetic theory of Maxwell, which is structurally built as a contact theory, in which the velocity of propagation is considered finite, is in itself one of the best proofs of the correctness of the theory. The finite velocity of light was discovered by Olaf Romer in 1676 and has since been repeatedly verified. This velocity is usually denoted by c and is known to be approximately 300,000 kilometres per second, that is, ., or 186,000 miles per second. In 1856 Weber and Kohlraush calculated a certain constant which appears in the electromagnetic theory, and discovered that the constant had the dimension of velocity, , and that its numerical value was cm./sec, which is the exact value for the velocity of light. This fact led Maxwell to associate light with electromagnetic waves, a view justified by experiments. In 1888 Hertz not only established once more the interrelation of optics and electrodynamics but found that the velocity of propagation of electromagnetic waves is finite and exactly equal to the velocity of light.4 Outside the exact sciences the principle of action by contact is making but slow progress, perhaps because of A s.r and the lack of structural formulations of the general issues at hand. We are happy to find a notable exception in the biological work of Professor C. M. Child, who has laid down a foundation for biology and his system is structurally based on action by contact. This biology has been applied to neurology by Professor C. J. Herrick. This present work, being a-system, must follow the methodological and structural advances explained here, and thebiology and neurology founded by Child and Herrick. It is interesting to follow up the structural merging of geometry and physics. There are certain Smiths and Browns who call themselves physicists. There are some rooms with various instruments, which are called physical laboratories. The activities of the physicists which interest us are twofold. First, these scientists come to their laboratories, manipulate their instruments, note the positions of some pointers, manipulate the instruments again, note positions again , . This represents the unspeakable level of activity. Whatever happens happens, but there is no speaking to be done on that level.