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KORZYBSKI                                    123
3. Korzybski's third point refers to the Law of Excluded Middle (or Third): A is B or not B.
This law asserts that one thing either is or is not somethingwith nothing in between.
Korzybski calls attention to a semantic fallacy to which this law may lead. He recognizes the utility of the use of opposite terms in our everyday language. It is convenient, he says, to speak of day or night, land or water, life or death, etc. But, he says, issues are not usually so sharp. And, when they are not, it is more accurate to "think" and to speak in terms of degree.                                           -^
We are inclined to speak of a person as either ambitious or lazy; as either beautiful or ugly; as either brilliant or stupid; as either neurotic or well-balanced. Korzybski calls this the antiquated either-or orientation. We should, instead, look about us at the world of people and things and see an infinity of gradations between one extreme and another. This, Korzybski calls the infinite-valued orientation which is appropriate to a process world in which nothing repeats itself exactly.
Watch the "is" of identity. It identifies the word and the thing. And it stops process.
Think of order as multi-dimensional. This expands the conception of any one thing.
Develop the infinite-valued orientation which emphasizes gradation in the world of people and things.
30. Korzybski's "logic"
Korzybski's conception of multi-dimensional order emphasizes the relatedness of all things. Let us now consider the basic assumption of order in respect to Korzybski's "logic."