Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics. Front Cover · Alfred Korzybski. Institute of GS, – Language Arts. “The map is not the territory.” That was my first introduction to the work of Count Alfred Korzybski. I heard those words in a Bandler and Grinder(1) Seminar in. Find Science and Sanity by Alfred Korzybski- at Biblio. Uncommonly good collectible and rare books from uncommonly good booksellers.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He called this awareness, this goal of his system, “consciousness of abstracting. It took me a whole winter – about 5 months – to read through this opus. By the way, a few years earlier during a visit to the local public library, I was indignant to find a Swedish science fiction book written by Vladimir Semitjov: Korzybski’s work culminated in the initiation of a discipline that he named general semantics GS.

He received an engineering education in Warsaw, fought with the Russian army in WW I, was injured and sent to North America in late to co-ordinate the shipment of war supplies to Russia.

This should not be confused with semantics. Engineerphilosophermathematician. I keep a print xeroxed next to my bed-top: Scoence and Personality Abraham H. He thought that certain uses of the verb “to be”, called the “is of identity” and the “is of predication “, were faulty in structure, e. The map is not the territory!

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And secondly, I believe there is always going to be an inherent problem in using words to discuss words. History of Western Philosophy. People make mistakes when they generalize and confuse orders of abstraction, because those mistakes are beneficial to them. Institute of GS Amazon. The fantastic science fiction adventures described in “The World of Null-A” and “The Pawns of Null-A” made me wonder if there really was any such thing as “General semantics”.

After the war he decided to remain in the United States, becoming a naturalized citizen in Korom – – International Journal of Hindu Studies 3 2: Alfred Korzybski – – Institute of Alfted Semantics.

May 10, Keith rated it it was amazing. Not only her sabity, but also the emotions it evokes, are seen as legitimate subjects for study under the heading of “General Semantics”.

This book examines the fundamentals of thinking, ranging from the basic senses, to mathematics, to psychology. In addition to the other factors making this book a difficult read is the author’s application of mathematics and physics to explain, illustrate and justify his concepts.

On it was a big picture of a dog’s head and the words “Dog Cookies. Second Edition with supplementary Introduction and Bibliography. In Korzybski’s system, one’s assessment of Elizabeth belongs to a higher order of abstraction than Elizabeth herself. Korzybski thought that people do not have access to direct knowledge of reality; rather they have access to perceptions and to a set of beliefs which human society has confused with direct knowledge of reality.


Whitehead, and Ludwig Wittgenstein ; and in logical positivism and empiricism in general. The fact that “The Art of Awareness” by Samuel Bois is a very accessible, shorter summary of this, doesn’t take away from this book.

The book definitely had an effect on the way I think about things. Korzybski is remembered as the author of the dictum: Book has a combination of the following characteristics: It is a incredible tool for assisting the will to govern the mind instead of the other way around.

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One was by Samuel Hayakawa: Two of them wanted to vomit, put their hands in front of their mouths, and ran out of the lecture hall to the toilet.

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