ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 1, Spring

Aging and Time-Binding in the Twenty-First Century
THE CONCEPT of "time" has a wide range of meanings and is applied to highly diverse settings. For example, prisoners serve time, musicians mark time, idlers pass time, referees call time, historians record time, and score keepers keep time (Greenberg,...
Causes & Effects & Virgins & Raisins. (Illustrating General Semantics)
IF YOU PUT your hand on a hot stove, you're going to get burned. That's a simple cause and effect situation. Problems arise from more complicated conditions, such as a cause with many effects or an effect with many causes. Or effects that seem a long...
Confronting the Challenges of Conflicting World Views. (Conference Theme)
The Institute of General Semantics will host The Twelfth International Conference on General Semantics, "Confronting the Challenges of Conflicting World Views," in Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 31 to November 2, 2003. The event is co-sponsored by...
Fifty Years Ago. (Retrospect)
It is with a modest measure of satisfaction that I retire from the office to which you generously elevated me in 1950. To the new incumbent, my close friend, Professor Anatol Rapoport, I extend my heartiest felicitations. Perhaps the most welcome...
Johnson's Diagnosogenic Theory of Stuttering: An Update. (Refereed Paper)
SPEECH THERAPY TODAY has suffered because many speech-language pathologists misunderstand Wendell Johnson's teachings on "stuttering." They believe that Johnson taught that assigning the label stuttering to a speaker's repetitions of sounds and syllables...
Scream before You Scream
ANGER is ONE of the eight basic emotions identified by Robert Plutchik in his influential Emotions: A Psycho-Evolutionary Synthesis. It is also an emotion that can create considerable problems if not managed properly. Anger is emotional rage which...
Something from Nothing: Seeking a Sense of Self
THE TOPIC I wish to take up here is the relationship between communication and the sense of self. In doing so, I intend to communicate to you a little bit about myself, and will thereby run the risk of narcissism. At the same time, I will run the risk...
The Senses -- Windows or Snares? (Metaphors in Action)
CONVENTIONAL WISDOM in the West holds that the senses are "windows on the world." We look out through our eyes, hear what is happening with our ears, touch what is near to us through touch receptors on the skin, taste with our tongue, smell with our...
The Structural Differential Diagram. (General Semantics Basics)
Part II Part I of this article appeared in ETC, vol. 59, no. 4, Winter 2 002-2003. The First Verbal Level: Description By using language, we can assign symbols, in this case words, to our perceptions and sensations. This enables us to describe...
Type Me How You Feel: Quasi-Nonverbal Cues in Computer-Mediated Communication. (an Internet Fieldtrip Report)
Preface ONE OF THE most cherished pieces of wisdom I have gained through cultural study is that each of us, as unique individuals, perceives our self, each other, the world, the universe, and all components thereof somewhat differently as a result...
Using Literature to Neutralize Pernicious Dichotomous Thinking. (Education)
IN MOST SITUATIONS, we should use a metaphorical steering wheel, which allows degrees of adjustment, rather than using a metaphorical paddle, which permits only a limited, dichotomous, either-or response. So cautioned S. I. Hayakawa. "From experience...