Alfred Korzybski
Name: Alfred Korzybski
Occupation: Philosopher
Gender: Male
Birth Day: July 3, 1879
Death Date: Mar 1, 1950 (age 70)
Age: Aged 70
Country: Poland
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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Alfred Korzybski

Alfred Korzybski was born on July 3, 1879 in Poland (70 years old). Alfred Korzybski is a Philosopher, zodiac sign: Cancer. Nationality: Poland. Approx. Net Worth: Undisclosed.


He founded and headed the Institute of General Semantics, which operated out of Chicago, Illinois, until the mid-1940s, at which point it transferred its headquarters to Lakeville, Connecticut.

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Before Fame

After studying engineering at the Warsaw University of technology, he served in the Russian Army as a World War I-era intelligence officer. He published his debut philosophical work, Manhood of Humanity, in the early 1920s.


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Korzybski studied engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology. During the First World War (1914–1918) Korzybski served as an intelligence officer in the Russian Army. After being wounded in a leg and suffering other injuries, he moved to North America in 1916 (first to Canada, then to the United States) to coordinate the shipment of artillery to Russia. He also lectured to Polish-American audiences about the conflict, promoting the sale of war bonds. After the war he decided to remain in the United States, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1940. He met Mira Edgerly, a painter of portraits on ivory, shortly after the 1918 Armistice; They married in January 1919; the marriage lasted until his death.


E. P. Dutton published Korzybski's first book, Manhood of Humanity, in 1921. In this work he proposed and explained in detail a new theory of humankind: mankind as a "time-binding" class of life (humans perform time binding by the transmission of knowledge and abstractions through time which become accreted in cultures).


Korzybski's work culminated in the initiation of a discipline that he named general semantics (GS). This should not be confused with semantics. The basic principles of general semantics, which include time-binding, are described in the publication Science and Sanity, published in 1933. In 1938 Korzybski founded the Institute of General Semantics in Chicago. The post-World War II housing shortage in Chicago cost him the Institute's building lease, so in 1946 he moved the Institute to Lakeville, Connecticut, U.S., where he directed it until his death in 1950.


Korzybski was well received in numerous disciplines, as evidenced by the positive reactions from leading figures in the sciences and humanities in the 1940s and 1950s. These include author Robert A. Heinlein naming a character after him in his 1940 short story "Blowups Happen", and science fiction writer A. E. van Vogt in his novel "The World of Null-A", published in 1948. Korzybski's ideas influenced philosopher Alan Watts who used his phrase "the map is not the territory" in lectures.

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