Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

The Worlds in Which We Live

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

The Worlds in Which We Live

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THE CHART entitled "The Worlds in Which We Live" is designed to represent the various areas of our knowledge of the world.

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* The central circle covers the field of what we perceive through our 'senses.' This field is limited, and it is not the same for all of us. The messages we receive from our 'senses' are influenced by many factors that render them less reliable than we believe.

* Circle 2 covers the world as revealed by the various scientific instruments that men have devised in the course of generations to supplement their senses. These instruments reveal a world greater and more complex than our senses can perceive.

* Circle 3 covers our methods of thinking-feeling, which are our 'mental' tools. With these we interpret our experiences, guess what lies beyond them, explain what has happened, decide what to do, forecast what is going to happen in the future, and communicate with one another. Some of these methods are conscious, but most of them are unconscious. They are man-made, although we are apt to take them for the 'normal' mechanisms of 'human nature.'

* With these methods we build theories and doctrines (circle 4+), which may or may not stand the test of experimentation. …

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