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Alfred Korzybski

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  1. United States semanticist (born in Poland) (1879-1950)


Who is Alfred Korzybski?

Alfred Korzybski: Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski was a Polish-American independent scholar who developed a field called general semantics, which he viewed as both distinct from, and more encompassing than, just the field of semantics. He argued that human knowledge of the world is limited both by the human nervous system and the languages humans have developed, and thus no one can have direct access to reality, given that the most we can know is that which is filtered through the brain's responses to reality. His best known dictum is "The map is not the territory".

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science (1973)

Volume 9 - Fore-Edge Painting to Germany: Libraries and Information Centers in: Training of Documentalists and Information Officers at the Nonuniversity Level in the Federal Republic of Germany by Allen Kent, Harold Lancour, Jay E. Daily

Alfred Korzybski, Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-aristotelian Systems and General Semantics, Isted., 1933; 4th ed., 1958. International Non-aristotelian Library Publishing Co.. Lakeville, Connecticut. Distributed by Institute of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Communication Theory (2009)

by Stephen W. Littlejohn, Karen A. Foss

Alfred Korzybski General semantics is Alfred Vladislavovich Habdank Skarbek Korzybski's attempt to redirect the manner of thought ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence (2015)

by Janet M. Bennett

Alfred Korzybski, considered the founder of general semantics, wrote on reports, inferences, and judgments, outlining distinctions among these cognitive processes. Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa popularized Korzybski's ideas in the mid to late ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Pragmatics (2012)

by Yan Huang

General Semantics A philosophical movement in the 1930s developed by the American thinker Alfred Korzybski. The approach 129 generic proposition devoted special ...

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Any proposition containing the word "is" creates a linguistical structural confusion which will eventually give birth to serious fallacies. (Alfred Korzybski)
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