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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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in non-identity he propoaei a simple structural diagram which he calls the Structural Differential. With its aid, the general verbal rejection of 'identity,' is translated into ordering which becomes a visual, kinesthetic, muro-psycho-logical method to train in non-identity or discrimination, and so to eliminate the always dangerous identifications, which play such an important role in all maladjustments.
It has been my privilege to read a considerable part of this book in manuscript and most of it in page proof. It appears at a time when the modus vivendi has broken down. National and international problems demand sane thinking. Count Korzybski, by rejecting a principle invariably false to facts (identity), which in principle prevents adjustment, points the way toward better adjustment, and so perhaps toward a saner solution of our man-made difficulties.
This is distinctly not a book for superficial reading, but one that will amply repay the thoughtful reader. It should be approached not as a medium of entertainment, though it may be that, but rather in the spirit indicated by one of its passages which refers to 'the joint labors of the author and the reader.'"
See also W. H. GANTT.
DOCTOR PHILIP S. GRAVEN, Psychiatrist, Washington, D. C.
"I have read Science and Sanity through completely, some parts several times, and I must admit I have never encountered a work so rich in fundamental suggestions. It clearly covers a field almost wholly neglected in our University education. From the methodological point of view, therefore, the book is indispensable to any one endeavoring to carry on sane, clear, scientific work. This of course includes Medicine and especially Medical Psychology where sane thinking about the un-sane and 'insane' is vital at all times. Statements, principles, etc., that affect one's mental attitude toward problems are of most importance. These, Science and Sanity provides in abundance.
In addition to the scientists being considerably aided by the use of the non-aristotelian principles (aided in carrying on sane, creative, well-tempered, rigorous thinking about their observations and experimental data), there is also another group directly affected: namely, the mentally disordered. By direct clinical application, I have found the non-aristotelian principles workable in this enormous group. My observations cover a period of about six years. I shall have a great deal to say about these observations in contributions to medical and scientific journals.
By reading the book carefully, I have derived many benefits: personal, cultural, professional, scientific. The book appeals to me as one that will supply at least a few generations of scientific workers with a means of maintaining a productive, not clogging and obstructive psycho-logical attitude towards investigations needful to human security and advancement. And what could be more urgent in this modern age than a means to attain and maintain sanity: Korzybski's Theory of Sanity already makes that a possibility."
DOCTOR JOHN A. P. MILLET, Psychiatrist, New York City.
"It seems to me that Count Korzybski in his book Science and Sanity calls attention to one very important difficulty in the thinking process which he so aptly sums up as 'confusion in the orders of abstraction.' We have found through our analytical work in dealing with the neuroses that many difficulties in attitude and orientation toward life are derived from unconscious identification, a situation which leads to a real difficulty in individuation and sometimes makes it permanently impossible.
From the psychiatric point of view it seems to me that this one point that Korzybski has emphasized gives the chief value to his work. I doubt whether analysts, for the most part, have ever considered the problem of identification from exactly this point of view. Korzybski's presentation should be interesting to such a group and might well lead to further experimental activities in the field of education designed to offset the dangers of such identifications.
A beginning has been made in this field already by Korzybski in his development of the 'Structural Differential.' It is too early to say what practical value this Structural Diagram may have but the principles of its development are based on the conception of 'order* in neuro-psycho-logical processes and so provides what might