Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Some Myths Addressed by General Semantics

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Some Myths Addressed by General Semantics

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The Myth of:

Identity

that two things can be identical (similar in all respects) ... that two things can be the same ... that a thing is identical with itself ...

Allness

that we can say, know, imagine, describe, understand, etc., all about anything, anyone, any situation, any happening, any event, etc., etc., ...

The Myth of:

Either-orness

that if it's not one thing ... it must be the other...

Equality

that the mathematical notion of "equality" can be validly generalized ...

Certainty

that science is about the search for truth ... that we can know the truth ... that with care and precision ... we can know for sure ... that we can know for sure what things, situations, words, statements, etc., mean ... that what we say means exactly what we mean to say ... that by careful choice of words everyone will know exactly what we mean ... that if we have a word, there is certainly something out there which this word represents ...

Elementalism

that our inner-outer world is as compartmentalized as our language and perception have conditioned us to believe ... that our actions have no consequences ... that interdependences and interrelationships are not worthy of our considerations . …

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