“... everything based on arguments involving the ''is'' of identidy and the older el (elementalistic) 'logic' and 'psychology', such as the prevailing doctrines, laws, institutions, systems. , cannot possibly be in full accordance with the structure of our nervous system. This, in turn, affects the latter and results in the prevailing private and public un-sanity. Hence, the unrest, unhappines, nervous strain, irritability, lack of wisdom and absence of balance, the instability of our instituitions, the wars and revolutions, the increase of ''mental ills, prostitution, criminality, commercialism as a creed, the inadequate standards of education, the low professional standards of lawyers, priests, politicians, physicians, teachers, parents, and even of scientists - which in the last-named field often lead to dogmatic and antisocial attitudes and lack of creativeness.”
― Alfred Korzybski, Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics
Alfred Korzybski, in full Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski, (born July 3, 1879, Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire—died March 1, 1950, Sharon, Conn., U.S.), Polish-born American scientist and philosopher.
During World War I, Korzybski served in the intelligence department of the Russian army general staff and in 1915 was sent on a military mission to the United States and Canada. With the collapse of the tsarist regime in 1917, he remained in the United States to serve as secretary of the French-Polish military mission, later becoming a U.S. citizen.
Korzybski was the originator of general semantics (q.v.), a system of linguistic philosophy that attempts to increase humanity’s capacity to transmit ideas from generation to generation (what Korzybski called man’s “time-binding capacity”) through the study and refinement of ways of using and reacting to language. His best-known work is Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics (1933), a critique of traditional assumptions about language.