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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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1. ANTHROPOLOGY.
BRONISLAW MALINOWSKI, Ph.D. (Cracow), D.Sc. (London), Professor of Social Anthropology, School of Economics, University of London. "The functional or relational conception of matter, mind and, finally, of human culture, seems to be gradually crystallising from all attempts at scientific synthesis. Count Korzybski's work contributes to these efforts in no mean measure. I am perhaps biassed as a countryman, but to me this Polish attempt at synthesis seems to rank as one of the most important. I am of course unable to express a competent judgment^ on its mathematical, scientific - in the narrow sense of the word - and philosophical side. As regards however semantics and the anthropological issues discussed by Count Korzybski, I am in complete agreement with his approach. I should like to add that the approach is so new and fundamental that it will take some time for us to become completely familiar with it. For the present I should like to say that I have not yet mastered all the intricacies of Count Korzybski's system, so my appreciation must naturally be regarded as preliminary."
2. BIOLOGY.
DOCTOR CALVIN B. BRIDGES, Biologist, internationally known specialist in heredity, Carnegie Institution of Washington, in residence at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.
"In several fields of Biological sciences the unconscious drift of thought has been for some years more and more in the direction which Count Korzybski designates as 'non-elementalistic' Thus, the distinction, once thought fundamental, between heredity and environment, loses its force, and the organism is now redefined as the focus of both internal (hereditary) and external (environmental) activities. What is considered external rather than internal, changes with the point of view and the size of the unit (nations, man, gland, cell, nucleus, chromosome, gene) which is made the basis of the formulation. The formulation becomes relational, non-elementalistic, organ-ism-as-a-whole. The reformulation of biological concepts is made ultimately inevitable, and is greatly hastened and aided in transition by the generalized point of view established in the non-aristotelian system of Korzybski. The elimination of 'identity' constitutes the first and most fundamental general step for such a non-aristotelian and non-elementalistic reconstruction. Following this complete reformulation and its application in science and in life, the psycho-logical and environmental conditions for man would be improved to such an extent that it is not yet possible to foresee the entire result in the new enviro-genetic manifold."
C. M. CHILD, Professor of Zoology, University of Chicago.
"I think that Count Korzybski has a view point of great interest and that his method of attack on the various problems with which he deals cannot fail to be of value."
H. S. JENNINGS, Henry Walters Professor of Zoology and Director of the Zoological Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University.
"The attempt of Count Korzybski to formulate the world and its processes, keeping in view as a guiding principle the fact that no two things are identical, seems to me of the greatest interest and value. It is something that had to be done, and it has within it the seeds of a much needed intellectual revolution."
RAYMOND PEARL, Professor of Biology, Johns Hopkins University.
"I have known and followed Count Korzybski's work for many years with the keenest interest. In this new book he makes, in my opinion, a contribution to human thought and understanding of the very first rank of importance. It states and develops a really new idea. The consequences of that idea will, in the passage of time, be far-reaching and fundamental. At long last real hope is offered of measurably freeing man from some of the dreadful consequences of his verbalistic bonds."
See also W. M. WHEELER.
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