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Drive Yourself Sane

Author : Susan Presby Kodish
ISBN : 0970066465
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Science And Sanity

Author : Alfred Korzybski
ISBN : 0937298018
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Korzybski

Author : Bruce I. Kodish
ISBN : 0970066422
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"That's a crazy book " Albert Einstein said in the early 1950s, when asked his impression of Alfred Korzybski's 1933 work "Science and Sanity." More than a decade later, Richard Feynman found Korzybski's notion of "time-binding" crucial for answering the question "What is science?." Feynman didn't know that it was Alfred Korzybski who had coined the term "time-binding" in his first, 1921, book "Manhood of Humanity" to label what he considered the defining characteristic of humans: the potential of each generation to start where the former leaves off and thus to accumulate useful knowledge at an ever-accelerating rate. In the exact sciences and technology, time-binding seems to work reasonably well. In the rest of human life, not so much. Korzybski, a patriotic Polish nobleman and an engineer who had lived under Tsarist tyranny and had seen the horrors of World War I on the Eastern Front before coming to the United States, realized the results of the disparity between rapid but narrow scientific-technological advancement and broader but snail-paced ethical-social development: a seemingly endless cycle of crises, revolutions and wars. Seeking a way out, he studied a broad range of disciplines from physics to psychiatry-fields that others felt had little to do with each other-and discovered factors of sanity in physico-mathematical methods. Comparing the ways of thinking that scientists and mathematicians exemplify when working at their best and the ways of thinking that they and other people unsanely or insanely tend to use the rest of the time, Korzybski linked science and sanity in a new world outlook with an accompanying methodology (labeled 'general semantics')-simple enough to teach children. Traces of Korzybski's pioneering work can be found today in a variety of fields such as cognitive science, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, communication, media ecology, medicine, organizational development, philosophical counseling and philosophy, etc. In spite of this, Korzybski's radically interdisciplinary work remains relatively unassimilated into standard academic fields and hard to accurately fit into familiar popular categories. Thus, Korzybski, who originated the saying "The map is not the territory," remains a relatively neglected and misunderstood figure, shrouded in controversy: some people have considered him a genius while others have called him a crank. Drawing on an array of sources including Korzybski's personal correspondence, notes, scrapbooks, and both published and unpublished writings, as well as personal discussions and interviews with some of Korzybski's closest co-workers, Bruce I. Kodish situates Korzybski's contributions in the context of his times and provides surprising insights into his work as a whole. Kodish's clear prose provides a compellingly readable narrative of Korzybski's very busy, sometimes too busy, exciting and exhausting life while making accessible some of the most complex areas of Korzybski's thought. For years to come, this outstanding biography will remain the standard work on Alfred Korzybski's extraordinarily adventurous and significant life and work.

Alfred Korzybski

Author : M. Kendig
ISBN : 0910780080
Genre : General semantics
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Fifty-six items, plus documentary 'supplements', can be considered a biographical as well as theoretical working edition of the origins and development of Korzybski's revolutionary system called "general semantics".

Manhood Of Humanity

Author : Alfred Korzybski
ISBN : 093729800X
Genre : Social Science
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Sensible Thinking For Turbulent Times

Author : Martin H. Levinson
ISBN : 9780595842124
Genre : Self-Help
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In these times of rapid change and constant upheaval, can we learn to think and communicate more effectively-at home, in school, on the job, and as citizens in the larger world? This book, which is based on the formulations of "general semantics," says yes, yes, and yes! Topics in it include practical ways to improve your thinking ability, emotional self-management, creativity, and analysis of important social issues. "Buyer beware: Reading this book could result in serious improvements in your approach to self, to others, and to the ways you interact with the world." -Andrea Johnson, President, Institute of General Semantics "This book provides a highly practical guide for problem-solving, decision-making, interpersonal relations, and personal fulfillment." -Steve Stockdale, Executive Director, Institute of General Semantics "Sensible Thinking for Turbulent Times brings the great ideas of general semantics into the 21st century in a clear and accessible manner." -Lance Strate, President, Media Ecology Association "Martin Levinson has done an excellent job of applying sensible thinking to current problems. Our culture needs this book." -Gregg Hoffmann, author of Searching for Unmediated Truth "This book offers a sound approach to the problems of everyday living. Highly recommended." -Judith Feld, M.D., President, Western Chapter New York Psychiatric Society

To Be Or Not

Author : Delphus David Bourland
ISBN : 0918970385
Genre : Education
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Sensible Thinking For Turbulent Times

Author : Martin Levinson
ISBN : 9780595398041
Genre : Self-Help
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In these times of rapid change and constant upheaval, can we learn to think and communicate more effectively-at home, in school, on the job, and as citizens in the larger world? This book, which is based on the formulations of "general semantics," says yes, yes, and yes! Topics in it include practical ways to improve your thinking ability, emotional self-management, creativity, and analysis of important social issues. "Buyer beware: Reading this book could result in serious improvements in your approach to self, to others, and to the ways you interact with the world." -Andrea Johnson, President, Institute of General Semantics "This book provides a highly practical guide for problem-solving, decision-making, interpersonal relations, and personal fulfillment." -Steve Stockdale, Executive Director, Institute of General Semantics "Sensible Thinking for Turbulent Times brings the great ideas of general semantics into the 21st century in a clear and accessible manner." -Lance Strate, President, Media Ecology Association "Martin Levinson has done an excellent job of applying sensible thinking to current problems. Our culture needs this book." -Gregg Hoffmann, author of Searching for Unmediated Truth "This book offers a sound approach to the problems of everyday living. Highly recommended." -Judith Feld, M.D., President, Western Chapter New York Psychiatric Society

Confusing Discourse

Author : K. Janicki
ISBN : 9780230250925
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We easily hear and see when people are talking and writing, but we often do not understand what they are talking or writing about . This book addresses some sources of confusion in discourse and offers suggestions for diminishing it.

Tyranny Of Words

Author : Stuart Chase
ISBN : 9780544664432
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The pioneering and still essential text on semantics, urging readers to improve human communication and understanding with precise, concrete language. In 1938, Stuart Chase revolutionized the study of semantics with his classic text, Tyranny of Words. Decades later, this eminently useful analysis of the way we use words continues to resonate. A contemporary of the economist Thorstein Veblen and the author Upton Sinclair, Chase was a social theorist and writer who despised the imprecision of contemporary communication. Wide-ranging and erudite, this iconic volume was one of the first to condemn the overuse of abstract words and to exhort language users to employ words that make their ideas accurate, complete, and readily understood. “[A] thoroughly scholarly study of the science of the meaning of words.” —Kirkus Reviews “When thinking about words, I think about Stuart Chase’s The Tyranny of Words. It is one of those books that never lose its message.” —CounterPunch

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