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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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3. BOTANY.
DOCTOR DAVID O. FAIRCHILD, Botanist, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. C, plant explorer and pathologist.
"I am much impressed with the profundity of Korzybski's Science and Sanity. I find it hard to get out of the meshes of the old aristotelianism and wish that I had been able to read this book in my youth, for then I could have acquired the new language of relations.
Korzybski's masterly treatise will act as a powerful force in natural selection perhaps, when it brings into common use the non-aristotelian methods, for it will favor in most pursuits those who are capable of conceptual thought and confuse and eliminate those who want quick off hand decisions such as are usually blurted out with great show of confidence. Of one thing we may be assured: once a man grasps the general idea Korzybski is driving it, he cannot fail to look at the world of everyday language from a different standpoint.
Korzybski's criticisms are so profound that they change the very foundations upon which we have been used to depend. As I look back to my years of travel over the world I can see that I did everything I ought not to have done in the way of bad thinking (we all have done this I suppose; bad thinking must be the common plague of mankind).
These last years among West Africans in Africa and the West Indies have made me realize keenly that primitive man identifies about like the animals do and has no consciousness that he abstracts at all. Of course if we are not conscious of abstracting ; in other words, if we copy primitives or animals in our nervous reactions, then I suppose any kind of maladjustment can be expected. The simple and efficient neuropsychological non-aristotelian technique which Korzybski formulates in his Structural Differential for the purpose of the elimination of identification holds promises that we may finally outgrow the infantile stage of our civilization. I wonder that Educators have not already taken up this pressing problem and made the elimination of identification and the acquiring of consciousness of abstracting, the main aims of all education.
These impressions regarding Korzybski's remarkable book come at the close of many years of travel through the world, - in savage countries, in the Orient, in South America and South Africa, - and had they only been a part of my mental training before these travels, the results of my observations could hardly have failed to have been much nearer to the actualities.
I predict a steady conversion to the point of view of this most interesting and important work."
4. CONDITIONAL REFLEXES.
DOCTOR W. HORSLEY GANTT, Phipps Psychiatric Institute, The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Formerly for five years co-worker with Professor Pavlov in Leningrad.
"I have read with great interest Count Korzybski's Science and Sanity and feel that it is very important for science as well as general education and progress of human thinking. It expresses a point of view and a truth that I have not seen stated previously. I was particularly interested in the chapters dealing with conditional reflexes. Korzybski dicsusses the matter with profound and accurate understanding, and the suggestions he makes are most timely and helpful to those who are working in this field. Anyone interested in the broader aspects of science I am sure will find in Korzybski's book an original and far-sighted view of the whole modern teaching of the subject."
5. EDUCATION.
DOCTOR EDWARD L. HARDY, President State Teachers College, San Diego, California.
"Count Korzybski's Science and Sanity should be read by all persons seriously interested in or concerned with the next necessary steps in the development of educational principles and procedures."
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