Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics Hardcover – April 1, 1995
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Science and Sanity may appear to be a difficult book to read and understand, but this stems from our per-conditioning and flawed perception that doesn’t take into account the role of our senses and the role of the human nervous system in connecting reality and our minds. Like any paradigm shifter, it requires repeated reads, to infuse the mind with a different (better) perception of reality. Once this occurs, your world will never be the same.
If you want to better understand yourself and those around you, seriously consider reading this book. If you work as a scientist then every day you spend without having read it will be a waste.
To be generous Korzybski's book drastically needs an editor. At best this would be a 200-300 page book if the author had known the semantics of clarity and conciseness. After a while you realize that you aren't reading a book but the unedited notes or gallies as the same points are wearily made again and again, ad nauseum. A few interesting ideas over explained doesn't justify the cost or time spent on this dry, chore of a book.
I read S.I. Hayakawa's "Language In Action" and Bateson's "Mind and Nature" first and got the same points in less time and without the tedium of reading someone who writes because he likes what he has to say. Read these two books and if you feel like you've really committed some epistemological sin then read Korybski's mental marathon.