By K. Janicki

We simply listen and notice whilst individuals are conversing and writing, yet we frequently do not realize what they're conversing or writing approximately . This e-book addresses a few assets of misunderstanding in discourse and gives feedback for diminishing it.

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This way they are neither down to earth talking about tangible objects such as cars and chairs all the time, nor up in the clouds talking about the sublime, the truth, indeterminacy, representation, oversoul, the nominal, incommensurability, qualification, and so on, which few understand, or, rather, which each person understands in his or her own way, if at all. The best practical position seems to be the middle path with, however, an important proviso: when you are in the middle path position, look down to the ground rather than up to the sky.

The natural order of abstraction One of the main points concerning abstraction to remember appears to be that we, as people who produce and try do understand discourse, should follow the natural order of abstraction (see for instance, Korzybski 1933; Kodish and Kodish 2001). This means that we should be fully aware of how abstraction works and draw practical conclusions from this awareness when we are engaged in discourse. 2) shows, the abstracting process starts at the non-verbal object level and only later, at a higher level, does it involve the first verbal – the descriptive level.

They refer to a commonly practiced and fairly simple human activity (‘sitting’) and a commonly known physical piece of machinery (‘computer’). Now consider the sentence ‘The sublime is often the subject of philosophical ratiocinations’. Do you know what this sentence means in terms of the referents that the words in it stand for? Think only of the words ‘sublime’, ‘philosophical’, and ‘ratiocinations’. What do these words refer to in terms of tangible objects and activities? ‘Philosophical’ is probably the easiest of the three to get a grasp of.

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