et Cetera

A quarterly journal of artistic essays and art criticism.

Articles from Vol. 61, No. 1, April

A GENERAL SEMANTICS VIEW OF THE CHANGING PERCEPTIONS OF CHRIST (Excerpts)
MODERN PORTRAYALS OF JESUS IN WORKS OF ARTIntroductionFor centuries the image of Jesus' physical appearance has been etched into people's minds. Children learn in Sunday school at a young age what Jesus looked like. The most typical North American representation...
Conference Comments
We received the following comments from the participants of the Twelfth International Conference on General Semantics, in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 31st - November 2, 2003.This gathering of GSers satisfied my years-old urge to meet people whose work...
Confronting the Challenges of Conflicting World Views
The talk below was accompanied by a multimedia presentation.Confronting the challenges of conflicting world views is, perhaps, one of the challenges many of us had to face as infants: the sometimes conflicting world views of mother and father and of...
Everything Means Something Else
This short play is inspired in great measure from reading general semantics, especially Language in Thought and Action by S. I. Hayakawa (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1949).CastMORT, 18, dressed in a black suit.DIDI, 17, dressed in a black skirt suit.SceneA...
Fifty Years Ago in Etc
Any two art appreciators, even those of similar background and sensitivity to art, are likely to differ widely in their reactions to a given work of art. The question is raised now: Why is it that two persons from fairly similar social backgrounds, with...
FRANCE - USA (Excerpt)
Paris, FranceSeptember 2003As some of you may already know, I live in France, more precisely in Paris. My purpose here is to give you an account of the possible reasons explaining the French reaction to the US move in Iraq, and see if there is a way...
From the Executive Director Eating Menus in 2004
This issue of ETC marks another transition in the organizational evolution of a discipline. Published from 1943-1948 by the Society for General Semantics, then from 1949-2003 by the International Society for General Semantics, ETC now falls under the...
In This Issue
IN THIS ISSUE, we celebrate the merger of the International Society for General Semantics with the Institute of General Semantics, as well as the participation of many astute students of general semantics in the Twelfth International Conference on General...
Linked: The New Science of Networks
Albert-Laszlo Barabasi. Linked: The New Science of Networks. Cambridge, MA: Perseus, 2002.At the beginning of the 21st century, a maverick group of scientists is discovering that all networks-from a cocktail party to a terrorist cell to an international...
Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science-From the Babylonians to the Maya
Dick Teresi. Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science-from the Babylonians to the Maya. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002.Many ancient civilizations left behind surprising contributions to the fields of mathematics, astronomy, cosmology,...
Nontraditional Perceptions of Jesus Christ and Reactions
There have been interesting reactions to nontraditional portrayals of Jesus. One of these took place in Union City, New Jersey. The Park Theater Performing Arts Center was about to begin their production of "The Passion Play" and they had chosen an African...
RELIGION AS A BELIEF SYSTEM (Excerpt)
Man is absolutely the most favored creature; even to the point that it was said-which is true-that he is favored over the angels. The preference of man lies in his intellect. The intellect of man is what raised his status, and made him superior to all...
Salt: A World History
Mark Kurlansky. Salt: A World History. New York: Walker, 2002.Mark Kurlansky reintroduces the reader to the importance of salt in both the ancient and modern world. As he did in Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World, Kurlansky offers a...
Thank You for Your Support: List of Contributors
We wish to express our grateful thanks to those who have supported our organizations with financial contributions over the basic membership rate, and for a donation of company stock. Below we list the names of those who gave so generously over the last...
The American Jesus: A Paradigm Shift
As a nation, America allows it citizens greater religious freedom than any other state. This freedom allows for the development of national religious perceptions different from those found elsewhere. These perceptions lead to the formation of paradigms....
Turning Emotional Energy into Purposeful Writing
EMOTION MOTIVATES writers-no doubt about it. In 1776, Thomas Jefferson composed the Declaration of Independence out of frustration over the "patient sufferance of these Colonies" at the hands of Great Britain's King George III, whose "repeated injuries...