In a subject developed by Korzybski a great deal of stress is given to the niceties of words. In brief a word is NOT the thing. And an object exactly like another object is different because it occupies a different space and thus “can’t be the same object.”
As Alfred Korzybski studied under psychiatry and amongst [...]
Commander Thompson had studied with Freud and he was a good friend of mine and he talked to me a great deal about having psychoanalysis. So I went back and reviewed a bunch of the stuff which he’d talked to me about and studied it over again. Hopeful, you see, that there [...]
I well remember lecturing before a number of St. Elizabeths psychiatrists many, many years ago. Some of you heard this story before. There were numerous stories came out of that particular incident. I lectured for a week and I gave the same lecture, which was the basic fundamentals of Dianetics and [...]
Now, actually, in handling groups and so forth, I, of course, myself, am a little shy. I like to be amongst friends. I do. I like to be amongst friends. I do not like to talk to hostile groups. I really do not.
And I’m mean, too, when I do. You never saw such [...]
Doctor Upholstered1is in charge of … he’s in charge of the rest home for feeble minded government officials here in Washington, Saint Elizabeths. Doctor Upholstered has just made a great speech which made the front pages. I was very proud, very proud of our newspaper friends and allies when they put [...]
[A]fter he [Freud] worked there on mystery for a long time, why he got up into sex. And then he stressed sex very heavily, and before he had gone too long with his libido theory, he discovered himself into the eatingness band. And the, he parked psychiatry right there as of 1924.
Well, the government is so busy being a social worker, you see? It hasn’t any time to arrest anybody or take care of the law. Get the idea? Can’t – can’t round up criminals. Well, why can’t it round up criminals? Well, because they have to send them to jail. What has [...]
For instance, I had a…very amusing one time; I talked to the staff at Saint Elizabeths. If you can place somebody in time and space – we can put it out now – if you can place somebody in time and space with great accuracy and then put a monotony on it, [...]
This is the most gorgeous, by the way, piece of classification that has ever been done. And it hasn’t any use. Its level of use is demonstrated by the fact that there’s a place by the name of Walnut Lodge1. I… I… They don’t see anything humorous in that, by the way; [...]
As a word of general background, let us add a few salient points: Although events recounted here mark the commencement of Ron’s philosophic search, he had previously spent several years, as he elsewhere put it, “poking an inquisitive mind” into related fields. Of special note, were his early psychoanalytic studies with [...]