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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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CORA L. WILLIAMS, Mathematician, President Williams Institute, Berkeley, California.
"What Einstein has done for the outer realm of our being, Korzybski is doing for our inner realm. It is to be hoped that some understanding person will endow a chair of Non-aristotelian General Semantics for him in the Institute of Advanced Study so that these two lines of research may go on together."
WILLIAM MORTON WHEELER, Professor of Entomology, Harvard University.
"Count Korzybski's work seems to me to be of great interest and value not only to the lay reader but also to the student of science and to the biologist and sociologist in particular for three reasons. First, his views give greater generality to the significance of the organism as a whole, and of structure and creative synthesis, or emergence, which are being increasingly emphasized by biologists, psychologists and sociologists working in the most diverse fields. Second, the sections of his work dealing with the intellectual vices of wishful thinking, verbalism and identification, to which we are all more or less addicted, point the way to the acquirement of mental balance and sanity. And third, his method of attaining this sanity through a non-aristotelian system and a realization of the meaning of the abstractions and symbols which we are constantly using, lays the foundation for a sound and much-needed social, commercial and political ethics."
WILLIAM H. WILMER, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins University and Ophthalmologist-in-chief, Johns Hopkins Hospital.
"Count Korzybski's viewpoint is very unique, fascinating, and, I think, very logical. The induction of non-identity would cover a great many ills, mental, moral and physical. For more than a quarter of a century, I have observed the retrogression of a number of great men after a certain time; and I feel that their failure to hold their greatness has been due largely to an egocentricism. What is true of these men whom the world called great for awhile, is equally true of the masses of humanity, who have not attained to greatness. Many of these could probably have been saved by the proper attention to psychophysiology."
E. T. BELL, Professor of Mathematics, California Institute of Technology.
"I think it is obvious that Korzybski is working in a direction of the highest present importance for science and life. This is the more so as some sort of corrective seems to be needed for the well-meaning but ill-considered popular announcements by certain leading scientific men.
A little careful consideration of the recognized fundamentals of scientific and other thinking, such as Korzybski's book aims to set forth clearly, would prevent such really futile pronouncements by prophets of science and make the public more chary in swallowing every transient guess.
Korzybski, among personal contributions of his own concerning the law of identity, has succeeded incidentally in making current the fundamental revolution in mathematical and other basic thinking, which goes under the name of a non-aristotelian logic, and bringing to educated people an account of the most significant advance in abstract thought of the past millennium. The profound modifications of rational, mathematical thinking which began about thirty years ago with the work of Brouwer, have, so far as I am aware, escaped the notice of those who undertake