Science of Survival: General Semantics
Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Book title: Science of Survival
Publication date: 1951
Location: Los Angeles, California
Publisher: Bridge Publications, Inc.
Description: Hubbard compares General Semantics with Dianetics.
Communication and Reality
The overall subject of communication covers far more than the exchange of intelligence. Basically, communication could be called the science of perceptions. As general semantics1 is organized on the subject of words and ideas; so can be organized, and so has been organized in Dianetics, the entire subject of perception.
Everything which we know of the physical universe and, possibly, anything which we can know of theta universe, allowing that it exists, could be said to be embraced by perception, computation, and imagination.
By perception we mean the perceiving of entities or existences. We achieve what we know of reality by perceiving entities and existences in the physical universe, and possibly the theta universe, by combining these perceptions and computing or imagining results not in disagreement with the results obtained by others.
1 general semantics: a philosophical approach to language, developed by Alfred Korzybski, exploring the relationship between the form of language and its use, and attempting to improve the capacity to express ideas.
Hubbard, L. R. (1951). Science of Survival (1989 ed., p. 70). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications, Inc.