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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Alfred Korzybski

This was the seminal work for non-Aristotelian logic and a host of other sub-specialties of Semantics. It is not language that is lagging, but it’s economic understanding, that creates this imbalance. First edition, first printing. Owner’s plate and signature inside front cover. Want to Read saving….

Lancaster, Pennsylvania and New York: Whitehead, and Ludwig Wittgenstein ; and in logical positivism and empiricism in general. To ask other readers questions about Science and Sanityplease sign up. Views Read Edit View history. This is annd of the most important books I’ve read. Sep 22, Count-daniel Fogarty rated it really liked it.

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Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics

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Korzybski’s work argued that human knowledge of the world is limited both by the human nervous system and by the structure of language. One of the most important books of all time, which is severely under-read and under-referenced despite some nonsense of that time inside it. I disagree that language is that which creates a discrepancy between technological advancement, and social advancement. Some light general wear to the cloth covers, predominately at the spine ends.

I could not find it on the shelves, however, so I asked a librarian to make a reservation for me when it was returned. Hayakawa’s recollections in interview form “oral history” of his time with Korzybski are illuminating and amusing. I read the 4th edition which is basically the version.


Some of the chapters started with anonymous quotes from purported authorities, such as “B. Their books in turn encouraged me to take an interest in the philosophical foundations of science: Aug 13, Alexx rated it liked it. All orders are processed promptly and carefully packaged. Language Habits in Human Affairs: In Korzybski’s system, one’s assessment of Elizabeth belongs to a higher order of abstraction than Elizabeth herself. An Introduction to General Semantics. Third edition ; 3rd large printing.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. Although I couldn’t make it all the way through this book when I tried in my teens, I remember being awed by some of the ideas presented in this weighty tome those that I could understand. Two of them wanted to vomit, put their hands in front of their mouths, and ran out of the lecture hall to the toilet.

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. These ideas have changed the way I think, write and speak to people and have given voice to the nagging feeling I have always had that we have been doing everything fundamentally wrong.

Williams, William Morton Wheeler, E. Jan 14, Michael Warot marked it as to-read Shelves: We can’t just look at the intellectual meaning of what we say or what we hear. I had a link posted here in this review because I found a free version of it online and I thought it was now in the public domain.

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She told me that the term “Galningar” was used for books that had been misplaced on the shelves. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Korzybski maintained that humans are limited in what they know by 1 the structure of their nervous systems, and 2 the structure of their languages.

Many times when we say “is”, we should really think “has” the property of, or the attribute, at this point alfrex timeor “exhibits some of the characteristics of”, and add “etc. Miller has added a quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes on the copyright page.

Science and Sanity by Alfred Korzybski, A Reader’s Treasury Review by Bobby Matherne

Sane speak is less in certainties and more in abstractions. 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.

Hayakawa later to become a Republican member of the U. Light bump to lower front corner, rubbing with some color loss to spine tips and less so to corners, spine dull, still a very go Edition: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Institute of General Semantics.

I understand that it is implying that we need to address language in a much fuller way. I found that Harry L.