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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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anthropomorphic astronomy, physics, and other disciplines. Of late, science has developed in spite of all handicaps and persecutions, and has begun to depart structurally and semantically from the path of aristotelianism and the dark ages. Every science has had to build its own language and this fact completely condemns the A language, which, it is shocking to notice, we continue to preserve in our daily life.
Should we wonder that we have shown hardly any progress at all in our purely human affairs and notions? We should wonder, rather, that we have been able to survive until now - though with needless difficulties and suffering. More wars, more revolutions, more insanity, more morons, more struggle and competition, and more unhappiness are what we are entitled to expect and predict as the outcome of this structurally and semantically impossible situation.
As the organism works as-a-whole, such things as 'pure intellect' or 'pure emotions' represent structurally el fictions and scientists should realize that their professed detached scientific attitude is profoundly and fundamentally unjustified. All science has 'emotional' components, which play most important roles in life. If we live in a modern world, but keep the 'emotional attitudes' of primitive bygone days, then naturally we are bound to be semantically unbalanced, and cannot be adjusted to a- fundamentally primitive 'civilization' in the midst of great technical achievements.* When scientists understand that, then the layman will have a different attitude toward science. He will understand that science is not a privilege of the few, something without effect upon all and every one. He will realize that while he lives in a modern world, made so by science, structural ignorance of the fundamentals as discovered by science leaves him with primitive structural assumptions or metaphysics, which by necessity build for him a delusional world leading to semantic unbalance and ultimately to 'mental' and nervous ills.
From the non-elementalistic point of view, the only escape is to realize that ignorance in an adult is, and must be, pathological, because 'knowledge' is to be considered as a normal characteristic of human nervous tissue.
A special structural and methodological brief and simplified account of scientific achievements, such as I have attempted in this work, must be a part of a theory of sanity. Sanity means adjustment and without the minimum of the best structural knowledge of each date concerning this world, such adjustment is impossible.
It is not necessary that the reader should fully understand all technical details of a theory, to be aware (instinctive, affective . ,) of the existence of the structural and semantic problems and to realize that some of the most competent and skilled professionals are working at these theories. Such awareness has great pacifying semantic influence; it eliminates the older affective tensions which were due to identifications, absolutism, dogmatism, flights into mysticism, and other similar pathological disturbances.
*See my Manhood of Humanity.