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KORZYBSKI                                    121
necessity for classification. Classification is one means of establishing order.
Korzybski evaluates the Three Laws of Thought (sometimes called Aristotelian) from his perspective which includes process, uniqueness, relatedness, and order.
i. The Law of Thought, called the Law of Identity, is formulated thus: A is A.
Korzybski would note only this: A is never twice the same. A is itself different at different moments in time. It is never identical with itself.
See what happens when we say This is an (undated) apple. The word "apple" is static. And the word "apple" coalesces (identifiesmakes exactly the same) three different levels of abstraction. Like this;
This is the word that is not the thing
This is the silent objective level; as we see, as we touch, as we eat that apple
This is the submicroscopic event level that will make of that apple as the days and the weeks pass a slimy pulp
So you see that the word stops process. So you see that the word identifies three different levels of abstraction.
We forget the semantic implications of the "is" of identity when we say, for example Myrtle is a neurotic. We forget that Myrtle is never twice the same. We forget that there is something more to Myrtle than the word "neurotic" stands for. We forget, in other words, that the word "neurotic" is not the thing Myrtlethat it is a label which