Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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The "silly question" is the first intimation of some totally new development.

ALFRED NORTH WHITEHEAD

The volume of political comment substantially exceeds the available truth, so columnists run out of truth, and then must resort to imagination. Washington politicians, after talking things over with each other, relay misinformation to Washington journalists, who, after intramural discussion, print it where it is thoughtfully read by the same politicians, who generally believe it. It is the only successful closed system for the recycling of garbage that has ever been devised.

JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH

If we ask, for instance, whether the position of the electron remains the same, we must say "no"; if we ask whether the electron's position changes with time, we must say "no"; if we ask whether the electron is at rest, we must say "no"; if we ask whether it is in motion, we must say "no."

J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER

A monk asked Yueh-shan, "What does one think of while sitting?"

"One thinks of not-thinking," the Master replied.

"How does one think of not-thinking?" the monk asked.

"Without thinking," the Master said.

ZEN MONDO

At this time I came to a conclusion which, although it may appear obvious, was important to the development of my thinking about politics. …

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