Creative Intelligence and Self-Liberation - Revised Edition

Korzybski Non-Aristotelian Thinking and Enlightenment

By: Ted Falconar


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Size: 234mm x 156mm
Pages : 176
ISBN : 9781845900618
Format: Paperback
Published: April 2007

In this revised edition of Creative Intelligence and Self-Liberation: Korzybski, Non-Aristotelian Thinking and Enlightenment Ted Falconar has written a comprehensive new introduction and provided additional work on enlightenment and visualisation throughout the book.

Albert Einstein thought in an entirely different way from ordinary people, and theorist Alfred Korzybski wanted to know why. Studying Einstein`s unique thought processes in his book Science and Sanity, he explained how genius works, and named this process Non-Aristotelian Thinking.

Creative Intelligence extends Korzybski`s concept by weaving together the Eastern philosophies of Realization and Liberation. Falconar teaches us to ‘unlearn’ the rigid patterns of thought that we are indoctrinated with - and to escape the confines of memory, association and, most importantly, words.

Children live in a colour and sense world until words replace their senses. Then joy ends and the colours fade into a black and white world of words. This book teaches how to regain our senses and return to that original world.

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Ted Falconar

Ted Falconar applied his lifelong interest in philosophy and human relations to managing companies. Ideas enabling workers to fulfil their potential and to harness their creativity were so successful that Tetley Tea Company, of which he was Managing Director, was turned around so that its productivity more than doubled and a large loss was changed in to spectacular profits. His writing can be seen as being concerned with his lifelong search for purpose and meaning in life.


  1. In this relatively short book, Ted Falconar introduces some powerful concepts. I thought that reading this book would provide me with ways to think more creatively. In fact, I now feel more empowered to think creatively, yet I also feel as though I am now actually thinking less, by keeping self-destructive thoughts out of my head.

    The messages in this book were, to me, incredibly useful in overcoming anxiety and nerves as well as offering me a way to think differently in a range of situations. If, like me, you have that “inner voice” following you round and giving you unwanted advice, I would recommend that you read this book to learn how to silence the voice and to look at things from a new perspective. Using this alternative way of thinking has even helped me to get to sleep, by replacing word-thinking with picture-thinking.

    Falconar's book takes a modern outlook on spirituality, where the focus is on the here and now. It is this connection with the here and now which frees us from word-thoughts and enables us to be more creative.

    Initially I found the book hard to “get into”, because I couldn't grasp the meaning behind some of Falconar's key themes, such as Korzybski's Structural Differential. Being someone who needs to understand things before I can move on, a significant time that I took reading this book was taken up by the introduction and the first chapter. Once I got to grips with the terms (by analogising them with terms that are more familiar to me from NLP, such as chunking upwards) I found the rest of the book to be a truly liberating read.
  2. Creative Intelligence & Self-Liberation clearly illustrates how important it is to release our minds from the shackles of verbal thinking.

    Following on the work of Korzybski, Ted Falconar shows how we need to once again visualise our inner thoughts as sensory and in images not words, if we are to become creative seers once more. We are currently struggling in our thought process as slaves to the incompetent word and our current, indoctrinated thought process forces us to see the world as Piaget saw it, labelled and catalogued in schemas, categorised for later reference, thereby reducing future events as nothing more substantial than analytic association from memory. We have lost the ability to think in a way that allows us to see the world and all it contains as ever new and stimulating. Having separated our inner mind from the outer world we no longer see it world as Wordsworth saw it-¦

    -˜There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
    The earth and every common sight,
    To me did seem
    Apparell'd in celestial light,
    The glory and the freshness of a dream.'

    With the help of people like Korzybski and Falconar, we can regain the ability to think in images and liberate our creative potential. Maybe we could even emulate Einstein whose ability to think in image allowed him -to visualise a completely different Uninverse A which revolutionised physics.

    For someone who works in Childcare and Education, I found this book alarmingly enlightening.
  3. This is a difficult book to describe once you have read it. Not only is it a good read but it also allows you to question your thinking and gets you to play with the parts of your mind that may have been dormant since childhood. Ted Falconer takes you with him on a journey of reflection and self discovery. This has been a wonderful journey and has wetted my appetite to explore and harness my creative intelligence.

    The rules of Non-Aristotelian Thinking challenges the reader to reflect on their own thinking patterns which then allow the rest of the book to open up and make creative intelligence achievable. The philosophy of freedom chapter has a powerful message for society today. The examples from history of creative intelligence feed the readers appetite to read on and explore more. Issues such as the open and shut mind puts into context some difficulties associated with original thinking. The use of poetry within the text allows the reader to reflect and explore the vision of these poems.

    This book is one that student nurses should read during their pre-registration course. The development of nursing depends on creativity. This book will challenge and develop the inquisitive mind to explore the brains potential. This will help to transform knowledge to skills that will have direct benefit to patient and health care services.
  4. This is a book to open your mind and get you thinking outside the box of “normal' thought processes. Too often we seem to be blinkered by the ways of standard cognitive thinking and communicating and this book gives you a wake up call to other alternatives.

    Whilst it contains a lot of eastern philosophical ideas ” and indeed is very valuable from that aspect ” it is more related to therapy than initially appears. Ted Falconar has given us all the opportunity to have a better understanding of how words and language affect each of us and imprison our thinking, how this understanding can be used to enrich our own lives as well as the lives of clients, patients, friends and family.

    Each time I read it I gain a different perspective ” which I believe is the greatest gift that anyone can gain from reading Creative Intelligence & Self Liberation. It truly is very liberating to read.
  5. A timely and very open minded book, offering practical tips on how to tap into your creative intelligence with advice drawn from many of the world's major religions and philosophies. Ted Falconar who was brought up in India has made a lifelong study of the mind and its potential and is ideally suited to act as a bridge between East and West.
  6. People in existential crisis turn to healers and therapists, often finding short-term relief. But fundamental life change comes only when they learn to consult the therapist within owning up to the realization that they are wiser and more resourceful then they ever knew. This remarkable book is a sign-post to that path of discovery. I commend it.
  7. Drawing principally on the insights of Alfred Koraybski's Non-Aristotelian thinking but also the ideas of psychologist Abraham Maslow, Indian guru Krishnamurti, and others, Ted Falconar makes a powerful pea for rejecting the word-dominance so prevalent in the West (since “words are not the things they represent”) and reinstating a tradition of visualization based on creative perception and Eastern enlightenment leading to self-liberation.
  8. Ted Falconar has made a unique contribution to human consciousness by making clear how Aristotelian thinking classifies life, while Non-Aristotelian thinking is the joyous experience of life as it really is instead of being stuck in the mundane world of verbal symbols. A consciousness of joy emerges as he integrates the wisdom of Rumi's and Arabi's mystical poetry with Thoreau's transcendentalism and the Structural Differential of Alfred Korzybski.
  9. Much is talked about Creativity in our contemporary society. Everyone praises it and seeks it. It is thought to be what will keep the wheels of capitalism turning profitably. Everyone knows the why and the wherefore of creative play and its problem-solving or revelatory outcomes. Ted Falconar is unique in that he has lived a long full life developing and practising creativity in every aspect of his life and in the last decade has struggled to find ways, words, diagrams, stories, case histories, mystical poetry and meditation to demonstrate and convey the 'how' of it.

    How can we avoid the tunnel vision, the shut mind, the paddling in the shallows that is so destructive and damaging in our modern world? Only by opening the eyes of the mind, following the way shown us in symbols, metaphors and poetry by mystics of many traditions and eras, including physicists such as Clerk Maxwell, Einstein and David Bohm. Only by doing the right thing, often revealed through beauty and the aesthetic consciousness, rather than the next thing, in a sleepwalking, 'Label-land' of verbal miasma.

    Understanding how the way we see creates what we see, Falconar shows the completely different worlds that take shape from a western, logical, word-dependent view and an eastern visionary, more holistic view that bypasses the ego to reach the eternal 'I'. These worlds are not mutually exclusive however, even if one could be described as the map and the other as the terrain. We need them both and can alternate between them. However the map must serve the terrain, as words must serve vision and logical analysis serve the image-full, noospheric mode of thought. The transcendant is entered when the thought, the observer and the object become one in an awareness that forgets self. The outward adventure and the inward adventure are equally challenging and ultimately the same.

    Creative Intelligence and Self-Liberation is a demanding book. It involves translating words into quite new and strange concepts as we go along. It is a book written with precision and care, no word used without diligent appraisal of its meaning and context. It is a resource book rich with clues to follow on the path of our human evolution towards fuller consciousness and the realisation in our everyday life of the joy, light and freedom which is our truth and destiny.
  10. Through the ages, deep thinking people have tried to point the way to Enlightenment. Ted Falconar is in that tradition. He believes the ability to visualise creatively is a faculty that lies dormant, waiting to be awakened. He makes the radical suggestion that there is a link between the age-old practice of meditation and human development and that 'verbal thinking' has sidetracked human beings from the main line of evolution. This book tells us how to get back on track.
  11. Ted Falconar's book is an inspiration. It looks like a difficult read, but really in essence it is simple. We can change the way we think. We don't always need to think only in words, otherwise this limits us. Once I can understand that my whole way of thinking can change. This is a book we should tell all our children about. Read it
  12. When this important seminal book was first published in 2000, it was hailed as a work of genius, breaking new ground in the quest for keys to Creative Intelligence and Self Liberation.

    Now the author has completely revised his work, with a new introduction which clearly leads the reader into his significant discoveries.

    Ted Falconer has been profoundly influenced by the Philosopher, Count Alfred Korzybski, who in ten years produced a unique exposition on Self Realisation which he termed Non-Aristotelian Thinking. Korzybski died in the U.S.A. in 1950 and Ted Falconer has progressed his exhaustive study into clear, everyday language for the contemporary reader, adding his the fruits of his own wisdom.

    To give an idea of the scope of this fine work I need only mention a few of the fourteen Chapter Headings; Krishnamurti, Zen Koans and Tibetan Meditaion, Creativity, Poetry and Mysticsm, Philosophy of Freedom, The -˜I' or Ego: Know Thyself.

    I strongly recommend this book to earnest seekers after Truth who are prepared to open up their minds to a fresh and rewarding approach to the real meaning of life.

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