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Creative Intelligence and Self Liberation: Korzybski, Non-Aristotelian Thinking and Eastern Realization [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Ted Falconar
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27 April 2000
"Creative Intelligence extends Korzybski's concept of Nous by weaving into its fabric insights from Eastern philosophies. Introducing us to Realization (the seeing of reality) and Liberation (the aim of life), it teaches us, to 'unlearn' Aristotelian learning - that rigid pattern of thought that we are indoctrinated with from birth - and to escape the confines of memory, association and, most importantly, words. Reading this exposition of Nous, we learn how it even forms the basis of many aspects of NLP - that other radical system for re-thinking the self. We discover how Nous is vital to human progress - how it fuels invention and solves problems - and we realise its potential to overcome the distorted materialism that defines us. One of the most important studies of creativity ever written, Creative Intelligence guides us towards a state of pure creative intelligence, communicating the very secret of creativity. Written for teachers, trainers, therapists and principally the curious individual, this book enables us to achieve the main goal of existence' Self Liberation. "

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing (27 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899836497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899836499
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,206,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A lucid and succinct book that elaborates an essential distinction between intuitive, visionary insight and the verbal analytical thinking that forms the basis of our education. A very worthwhile and penetrating study." - Scientific and Medical Network

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Role of Language and Meaning-Making 6 Oct 2003
Ted Falconar manages to condense Korzybyski's system of non-Aristotilian thinking (Nous) into a very well written example that demonstrates the many functions of language and how language shapes our thinking and meaning-making processes. This book goes a step further by evaluating the similarities between Eastern teachings and non-Aristotelian thinking as proposed by Alfred Korzybski in 1933.
Part philosophy, part epistemology; an highly enjoyable and practical read that is highly recommended for anyone on the road to better understand themselves and others.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny 15 Jun 2007
By thepracticalguy - Published on
I'm in the first chapter - and already had at least 5 great laughs :-) This guy seems to be great at making jokes - although he doesnt seem to realize it :-) But I might be wrong ... I AM! And ... I suggest u have a cup of tea :-) For me, it's "read on" ... and I get a feeling that Korzybski himself will do a much more thorough job in getting me "out of the bookish language rut" with his 927 pages of WORDS ... 927 written pages about that words can only be misleading and one should kinda abandon / avoid them seem like some kind of a world record to me (but then, who needs world records?)! What a joyful way to waste time - for SOME people! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Non-Aristotelian Nous 27 May 2006
By Paul Sidle - Published on
As Ted Falconar asserts: "The greatest philosophical idea that ever came out of India 2500-3000 years ago is Realization (how to see reality)".
Siddhartha Gautama (c. 533 B.C., known as Buddha, Sanskrit from Bodhi tree, under which he sat) showed the way to nirvana: awakening (from Sanskrit bodhi), enlightenment, etc., involving buddhi (Sanskrit, intuition) via meditative vipasyana (Sanskit, insight), 'intuitive' vision of the nature of 'reality', resulting in mukti (Sanskrit, liberation), release from illusions, 'materialism', etc. Buddha when asked "what is reality", simply raised a rose over his head and smiled, for the rose is forever beyond words.
As Falconar continues: "Despite knowing nothing about Eastern thought, Korzybski produced in ten years a far more comprehensive and logical exposition of Realization, calling it Non-Aristotelian Thinking...the work of a supreme genius, yet he remains largely unknown and neglected".
Falconar elaborates Korzybski's (1933) Non-Aristotelian 'thinking' as Aristotle's (c. 350 B.C.) nous related to Plato's (c. 381 B.C.) noesis (both Greek), for a higher 'intelligence', otherwise 'intuition'. In relation to self-liberation, from the pernicious, illusion of words; resulting in adaptability. Where Korzybski's (1933) General Semantics (Science of values, hence evaluating: feeling-thinking-about-environments, otherwise event(s)-insight-logic), concerns seeing (unspeakable perceiving, visualizing, etc) things afresh without 'identifying'. Where seeing things anew, inter-relates to creativity, which is not the result of random 'thought', as Arthur Koestler (1954) "Act Of Creation" asserts, instead that creativity comes from a breach between 'thought' compartments.
Prevented by our cultural indoctrination via Aristotle's (c. 350 B.C.) 'logic', termed 'Associative thinking' by Abraham Maslow (1954) "Motivation And Personality": 'associations' of words, memories, etc., excluding the unfamiliar, 'filtering' our perceivings. Roughy analogous, to the search made in a filing cabinet.
However because Plato (c. 381 B.C.) asserts noesis ('intuition') as having 'universal and innate' ('idealism') connections, prefer Wolfgang Kohler's (1925) insight: sudden re-organizing, realization, etc.
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