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a selection from Chapter I: Introduction. Method and Processes of Approach to a New Concept of Life -For a while he trampled with impunity on laws human and divine but, as he was obsessed with the delusion that two and two makes five, he fell, at last a victim to the relentless rules of humble Arithmetic. -Remember, O stranger, Arithmetic is the first of the sciences aa selection from Chapter I: Introduction. Method and Processes of Approach to a New Concept of Life -For a while he trampled with impunity on laws human and divine but, as he was obsessed with the delusion that two and two makes five, he fell, at last a victim to the relentless rules of humble Arithmetic. -Remember, O stranger, Arithmetic is the first of the sciences and the mother of safety.- --Brandeis It is the aim of this little book to point the way to a new science and art-the science and art of Human Engineering. By Human Engineering I mean the science and art of directing the energies and capacities of human beings to the advancement of human weal. It need not be argued in these times that the establishment of such a science-the science of human welfare-is an undertaking of immeasurable importance. No one can fail to see that its importance is supreme. It is evident that, if such a science is to be established it must be founded on ascertained facts-it must accord with what is characteristic of Man-it must be based upon a just conception of what Man is-upon a right understanding of Man's place in the scheme of Nature. No one need be told how indispensable it is to have true ideas-just concepts-correct notions-of the things with which we humans have to deal; everyone knows for example, that to mistake solids for surfaces or lines would wreck the science and art of geometry; anyone knows that to confuse fractions with whole numbers would wreck the science and art of arithmetic; everyone knows that to mistake vice for virtue would destroy the foundation of ethics; everyone knows that to mistake a desert mirage for a lake of fresh water does but lure the fainting traveler to dire disappointment or death. Now, it is perfectly clear that of all the things with which human beings have to deal, the most important by far is Man himself-humankind-men, women and children. It follows that for us human beings nothing else can be quite so important as a clear, true, just, scientific concept of Man-a right understanding of what we as human beings really are. For it requires no great wisdom, it needs only a little reflection, to see that, if we humans radically misconceive the nature of man-if we regard man as being something which he is not, whether it be something higher than man or lower-we thereby commit an error so fundamental and far reaching as to produce every manner of confusion and disaster in individual life, in community life and in the life of the race. The question we have, therefore, to consider first of all is fundamentally: What is Man? What is a man? What is a human being? What is the defining or characteristic mark of humanity?...

Title : Manhood of Humanity
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ISBN : 9780937298008
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 326 Pages
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  • Leslie
    2019-05-29 13:12

    This book is strangely anachronistic in a "I-can't-seem-to-get-my-sealegs" kind of way. Sometimes, I'd forget its discussion of WWII and think it was much older, and sometimes it was so prescient as to sound modern. Nonetheless, and as brilliant a linguist as Korzybski may have been, he overstepped the bounds of his knowledge here as he spends the majority of the book praising mathematics, a language in which he was not expert. Perhaps the other thing that kept me so off-kilter was his grandiosity: "The Art and Science of Human Engineering" is his proposal for solving all the ethical and physical ills of Man. He insists it is based on a basic geometric progression of the form y=ax^kt with the understanding that Man's defining trait and power is "time-binding energy." Although not the first person to fall victim to the fallacy that unification is possible, his vision of it is unusually manic or naive - I still don't understand which.

  • whatpurple
    2019-06-18 10:08

    must

  • Dina Strange
    2019-06-17 10:15

    Have to admit - in the beginning i didn't like it, but in the end - loved it. The main premise of author is that humans are still living like animals even though they are time binding organisms rather than space binding (as animals). Basically, humans have higher intellectual abilities that are passed from generation to generation and allow humans to progress. But our social sciences are far lagging from our technological once and we are stuck in a dismal state of affair. Author condemns the premise of Capitalism (survival of the fittest) as fit for animal society but not for human one. The outdated thinking and ideas are keeping humanity in the lower levels of development. Primitive, barbaric and depressed. Great book overall though it could have been shorter.