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A Primer Of Semantics

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22. 1933 an^ Alfred Korzybski's science and sanity
Korzybski's Science and Sanity is important to us, not only because of its historical significance, but, more especially, because it anticipates a field theory of communication which is presented in Part Five of this Primer,
General Semantics studies the unique capacity of man to preserve experience and knowledge through the language function of time-binding. Language binds time together; language binds the ages of man together. The human being, unlike animals, can generalize and symbolize experience, and pass it on from generation to generation. Generalization and symbolization are functions of language upon which Korzybski throws the light of physicomathematical methods. "Through the discovery of factors of sanity in physico-mathematical methods" Korzybski says, "science and sanity became linked . . /* And the link is a methodology which, for Korzybski, became "the foundation of a science of man/* (pages vi-vii) Korzybski introduced the term "General Semantics" to designate this methodology.
Korzybski's General Semantics is, then, in accord with modern science. Korzybski cites Einstein, who, "in his latest unified field theory, has succeeded ... in amalgamating the electromagnetic phenomena with the general