Natural order of evaluation
The realisation of the relative importance of the orders of abstraction for
survival of the organism, led Korzybski to formulate the natural order
of evaluation in the following manner:
The process level is more important for survival than the objective level (for
example, an electric wire under high voltage exhibits no sign of danger at the
objective level but can kill you none the less). The silent objective level is
also more important than the descriptive verbal level, the descriptive level
more than the inferential levels, etc.
- the silent level of process, the physical event,
- the objective silent level,
- the first verbal level, descriptive,
- higher verbal levels, inferences,
This natural order corresponds on the Differential
Structural to an 'reverse' order, the higher orders of abstractions being
at the bottom and the event level at the top.
© ESGS, 2001.