ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

This quarterly journal provides peer-reviewed articles on topics relating to general semantics.

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 3, Fall

A General Semantics Approach to Reducing Student Alienation
Martin H. Levinson (*) THE DECADE OF THE 1970s is perhaps best remembered for the resignation of an American president and the ending of an unpopular war. But it was also a period of historically high levels of youthful drug abuse. One explanation...
Art, Life. and Reality: General Semantics and Definitions
Bill Petkanas (*) AT THE HEART of teaching general semantics is the irksome question of the relationship between language and reality. Almost a century ago, Bertrand Russell asked, "... if the reality is not what appears, have we any means of knowing...
Broken Stereotypes: The Many Faces of Michael and Ernest. (Membership Page)
To ease tensions between the public and police, New York Police Department officer Michael Fandal would pull a miniature globe from his pocket and say, "It's a small world." ISGS Member Michael Fandal, who recently retired from the police force,...
'Concrete' Examples Bring GS to Life. (Science and Sanity Seminar)
Paul Dennithorne Johnston (*) HOW DOES a scientific and 'mathematical' orientation lead to sanity? These and other issues became clearer for me at a Science and Sanity Seminar, sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics, in Pasadena, California,...
Dinosauras. (Metaphors in Action)
Raymond Gozzi Jr (*) WE ARE TOLD that dinosaurs are extinct. However, they are alive and well in our popular culture. Mainstream scientists also get a lot of mileage out of dinosaurs. And now dinosaurs have a new career as a popular metaphor. ...
E-Prime as a Revision Strategy: A Simple, Systematic Editing Technique Offers Access to Dynamics of Language Ordinarily Subliminal
Daniel Zimmerman (*) IN 1992, I LEARNED ABOUT E-PRIME -- a dialect of English using no forms of the verb to be -- as a technique to clarify thinking. Looking through drafts and final copies of my own prose -- papers, news articles, reports, speeches,...
Fifty Years Ago in Etc. (Retrospect)
METALINGUISTICS The term "metalinguistics" was devised to cover aspects of linguistic science dealing with the relation of linguistic behavior (language) to other human behavior. It presupposes the thorough formal analysis of a language -- the...
Glimpse Fall 2001
NORA MILLER, EDITOR A brief look at things for people interested in general semantics. "Facts as we see them are little more than quick glimpses of a ceaseless transformation ..." -- Wendell Johnson, 'People in Quandaries' Find more at http://glimpse.blogspot.com...
In This Issue
Over the years, studies have demonstrated the benefits of using general semantics in daily life. In A General Semantics Approach to Reducing Student Alienation, Dr. Martin H. Levinson reports that such benefits "include increased critical thinking...
Motivating Students: Evoking Transformative Learning and Growth
Roben Torosyan (*) Keywords: Consciousness Development, College Teaching and Learning, Critical Reflection, Critical Pedagogy, General Semantics, Thinking and Writing, Student Development Abstract: This study examines how 14 students experienced...
Profile
Dr. Martin H. Levinson has been the book review editor for ETC since 1996. Besides writing book reviews, he has also written articles for ETC, the General Semantics Bulletin, the Verbal Level (the newsletter of the New York Society for General Semantics),...
September 11, 2001 -- Wizen Maps Collided
Charles G. Russell (*) "I can't believe my eyes!" Millions of people in the United States and other countries stared at their televisions in disbelief, trying to make sense of what they saw. Some became fearful of "what comes next," some could...
The Word "Is" the Thing: The "Kotodama" Belief in Japanese Communication
Kazuya Hara (*) PART I In interpersonal communication studies, the bywords are relationship and messages (Knapp, Miller, & Fudge, 1994). Zarefsky (1993) emphasizes that the concern in the discipline of communication is to explore "the relationship...