The concepts in it have become very important to my outlook on life. It is very academic. But it is well worth it. I wish that General Semantics had truly caught on.
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The concepts in it have become very important to my outlook on life. It is very academic. But it is well worth it. I wish that General Semantics had truly caught on. Particularly, as indicated in the title, within the practice of science. Sep 16, Marius rated it really liked it It took me a whole winter - about 5 months - to read through this opus. I really liked it - therefore the four stars. What I retained is that a map is not the territory, and that there can be as many maps as there are individual minds.
However, I have the impression that Mr. Korzybski never questions his core belief that there is one territory, a single objective reality that might be shared among semantically educated people, resulting in sanity for all. After having finished the book, I felt It took me a whole winter - about 5 months - to read through this opus.
After having finished the book, I felt emotionally connected to Mr. Korzybski, touched by the combination of strength, gentleness and modesty his writing exudes. I read all of it save the appendices back in the sixties and was very impressed. Some of the hard science is very dated, so you have to filter much of that out. The book definitely had an effect on the way I think about things.
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Born in Warsaw , Poland , then part of the Russian Empire , Korzybski belonged to an aristocratic Polish family whose members had worked as mathematicians, scientists, and engineers for generations. He learned the Polish language at home and the Russian language in schools; and having a French and German governess , he became fluent in four languages as a child. Korzybski studied engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology. After being wounded in a leg and suffering other injuries, he moved to North America in first to Canada, then to the United States to coordinate the shipment of artillery to Russia. He also lectured to Polish-American audiences about the conflict, promoting the sale of war bonds. After the war he decided to remain in the United States, becoming a naturalized citizen in He met Mira Edgerly ,  a painter of portraits on ivory, shortly after the Armistice ; They married in January ; the marriage lasted until his death.
Overview[ edit ] "Identification" and "the silent level"[ edit ] In the "Silent and Verbal Levels" diagram,  the arrows and boxes denote ordered stages in human neuro-evaluative processing that happens in an instant. Although newer knowledge in biology has more sharply defined what the text in these boxes labels "electro-colloidal",  the diagram remains, as Korzybski wrote in his last published paper in , "satisfactory for our purpose of explaining briefly the most general and important points". Once trained, general semanticists affirm, a person will act, respond, and make decisions more appropriate to any given set of happenings. Although producing saliva constitutes an appropriate response when lemon juice drips onto the tongue, a person has inappropriately identified when an imagined lemon or the word "l—e—m—o—n" triggers a salivation response. According to the memory-prediction model for intelligence, if the stored representations resolve the arriving patterns, this constitutes "understanding", and brain activity shifts from evaluation to triggering motor responses.