Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Introduction of Alfred Korzybski at a Luncheon in His Honor: New York City, January 28, 1948

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Introduction of Alfred Korzybski at a Luncheon in His Honor: New York City, January 28, 1948

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EVERY ONCE in a while a man comes along who overturns a great towering edifice of accredited wisdom. He is usually not welcomed at the time, especially by those on the top of the edifice, but gradually the world comes to be grateful. New knowledge with a closer fit to 'reality' has been added to the old.

Now in my lifetime--it runs back quite a ways now--I have seen at least three of these intellectual revolutionaries.

Einstein of course is the first and the most devastating; his demonstration of relativity undermined the lofty absolutes of Newton and broke the world of physics wide open, and it stayed broken until that famous expedition of the Royal Society in 1919 which went down to Equatorial Africa, I believe it was, to an eclipse of the sun and measured the bend of the light rays and thereby verified relativity. Then the physicists, after the fact, had to fall into line.

John Maynard Keynes, the great economist, was the second revolutionary whose course I have followed. He tore the ground from under the reigning school of classical economics, Ricardian laissez-faire. He demonstrated that there were no natural forces working at a distance to reverse the down swing when a business cycle really got under way. He showed that savings were not automatically reinvested, because a different group of people made the savings and then took charge of the investment. …

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