Manhood of Humanity.
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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Manhood of Humanity. Alfred Korzybski by This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at http://www.gutenberg.org/license Title: Manhood of Humanity. Author: Alfred Korzybski Release Date: May 13, 2008 [Ebook 25457] Language: English ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK MANHOOD OF HUMANITY.*** Manhood Of Humanity The Science and Art of Human Engineering By Alfred Korzybski New York E. P. Dutton & Company 681 Fifth Avenue 1921 Contents Acknowledgement .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Preface .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter I. Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter II. Childhood of Humanity. . . . . . Chapter III. Classes of Life. . . . . . . . . . Chapter IV. What Is Man?. . . . . . . . . . Chapter V. Wealth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter VI. Capitalistic Era .. . . . . . . . . Chapter VII. Survival of the Fittest. . . . . . Chapter VIII. Elements Of Power .. . . . . . Chapter IX. Manhood Of Humanity. . . . . Chapter X. Conclusion. . . . . . . . . . . . Appendix I. Mathematics And Time-Binding Appendix II. Biology And Time-Binding .. . Appendix III. Engineering And Time-Binding Footnotes .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at http://www.guten-berg.org/license
Title: Manhood of Humanity.
Author: Alfred Korzybski
Release Date: May 13, 2008 [Ebook 25457]
Language: English
***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK MANHOOD OF HUMANITY.***
Manhood Of Humanity The Science and Art of Human Engineering By Alfred Korzybski New York E. P. Dutton & Company 681 Fifth Avenue 1921
Contents
Acknowledgement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter I. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter II. Childhood of Humanity . . . . . . Chapter III. Classes of Life . . . . . . . . . . Chapter IV. What Is Man? . . . . . . . . . . Chapter V. Wealth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter VI. Capitalistic Era . . . . . . . . . . Chapter VII. Survival of the Fittest . . . . . . Chapter VIII. Elements Of Power . . . . . . . Chapter IX. Manhood Of Humanity . . . . . Chapter X. Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . Appendix I. Mathematics And Time-Binding Appendix II. Biology And Time-Binding . . . Appendix III. Engineering And Time-Binding Footnotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Acknowledgement
The author and the publishers acknowledge with gratitude the following permissions to make use of copyright material in this work: Messrs. D. C. Heath & Company, for permission to quote from “Unified Mathematics,” by Louis C. Karpinski, Harry Y. Benedict and John W. Calhoun. Messrs. G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York and London, for per-mission to quote from “Organism as a Whole” and “Physiology of the Brain,” by Jacques Loeb. Messrs. Harper & Brothers, for permission to quote from “From the Life, Imaginary Portraits of Some Distinguished Americans,” by Harvey O'Higgins. Messrs. D. Appleton & Company, for permission to quote from “Corporation Finance,” by E. S. Mead. Messrs. J. B. Lippincott Company, for permission to quote from “Forced Movements,” by Jacques Loeb. Princeton University Press, for permission to quote from “Heredity and Environment,” by Edwin Grant Conklin. Columbia University Press, for permission to quote from “The Human Worth of Rigorous Thinking,” by C. J. Keyser. The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, for permis-sion to quote fromThe Journal of Experimental Medicine, Vol. 27. The New School for Social Research, for permission to quote from “An Outline of the History of the Western European Mind,” by James Harvey Robinson. The Engineering Magazine Company, for permission to quote from “Mastering Power Production,” by Walter N. Polakov.
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Preface
This book is primarily a study of Man and ultimately embraces all the great qualities and problems of Man. As a study of Man it takes into considerationallthe characteristics which make Man what he is. If some readers do note the absence of certain expressions familiar to them, it does not mean that the author does not feel or think as many other people—he does—and very much so; but in this book an effort has been made to approach the problem of Man from a scientific-mathematical point of view, and therefore great pains have been takennotto use words insuf-ficiently defined, or words with many meanings. The author has done his utmost to use such words as convey only the meaning intended, and in the case of some words, such as “spiritual,” there has been superadded the word “so-called,” not because the author has any belief or disbelief in such phenomena; there is no need forbeliefsbecause some such phenomena exist, no matter what we may think of them or by what name we call them; but because the word “spiritual” is not scientifically defined, and every individual understands and uses this word in apersonaland private way. To beimauthor has had to indicate thispersonal the element by adding “so-called.” I repeat once again that this book is not a “materialistic” or a “spiritualistic” book—it is a study of “Man” and therefore does andshouldinclude materialistic as well as spiritual phenomena because only the complex of these phenomena constitutes the complex of Man. The problem has not been approached from the point of view of any private doctrine or creed, but from a mathematical, an engineering, point of view, which is impersonal and passionless. It is obvious that to be able to speak about the great affairs of Man, his spiritual, moral, physical, economic, social or political
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status, it must first be ascertained what Man is—what is his real nature and what are the basic laws of his nature. If we succeed in finding the laws of human nature, all the rest will be a com-paratively easy task—the ethical, social, economic and political status of Man should be in accord with the laws of his nature; then civilization will be a human civilization—a permanent and peaceful one—not before. It is useless to argue if electricity be “natural” or “supernatu-ral,” of “material” or of “spiritual” origin. As a matter of fact we do not ask these questions in studying electricity; we endeavor to find out the natural laws governing it and in handling live wires we do not argue or speculate about them—we use rubber gloves, etc. It will be the same with Man and the great affairs of Man—we have, first of all, to know what Man is. Though this book has been written with scrupulous care to avoid words or terms of vague meaning—and though it often may seem coldly critical of things metaphysical, it has not been written with indifference to that great, perhaps the greatest, urge of the human heart—the craving for spiritual truth—our yearning for the higher potentialities of that which we call “mind,” “soul” and “spirit”—but it has been written with the deep desire to find the source of these qualities, their scientific significance and a scientific proof of them, so that they may be approached and studied by the best minds of the world without the digressions, and misinterpretations that are caused by the color and the con-fusion of personal emotions; and if the book be read with care, it will be seen that, though the clarifying definition of the classes of life has been chiefly used in the book for its great carrying power in thepracticalworld, its greatest help will ultimately be in guiding the investigation, the right valuation and especially the control and use of the higher human powers. In writing this book I have been not only introducing new ideas and new methods of analysis, but I have been using a tongue new to me. The original manuscript was very crude and
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foreign in form, and I am greatly indebted to various friends for their patient kindness in correcting the many errors of my poor English. I am also under great obligations to Walter Polakov, Doctor of Engineering, for his exceedingly helpful suggestions, not only in giving me a thorough criticism from the point of view of the Engineer, but also in devoting his energies to organizing the first “Time-binding Club” where these problems have been discussed and criticized, with great practical results. To all those who have read and criticized the manuscript or helped otherwise—Professors E. H. Moore, C. J. Keyser, J. H. Robinson, Burges Johnson, E. A. Ross, A. Petrunkevitch; and Doctors J. Grove-Korski, Charles P. Steinmetz, J. P. Warbasse; Robert B. Wolf, Vice-President of the American Society of Me-chanical Engineers; Champlain L. Riley, Vice-President of the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers; Miss Josephine Osborn; to the authors, L. Brandeis, E. G. Conklin, C. J. Keyser, J. Loeb, E. S. Mead, H. O'Higgins, W. Polakov, J. H. Robinson, R. B. Wolf, for their kind permission to quote them, I wish to express my sincere appreciation. I wish also to acknowledge the deepest gratitude to my wife, formerly Mira Edgerly, who has found in this discovery of the natural law for the human class of life, the solution of her life long search, and who, because of her interest in my work, has given me incomparably inspiring help and valuable criticism. It is not an exaggeration to state that except for her steady and relentless work andher time, which saved my time, this book could not have been produced in such a comparatively short time. Mr. Walter Polakov of New York City, Industrial Counsellor and Industrial Engineer in New York City, has kindly consented at my request to act, with my authority, as my representative to whom any further queries should be addressed in my absence from America. To all other friends who have helped in many personal ways I
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