ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 1, Spring

Applying Learning to Life: A Theoretical Framework in Context
This paper places the educational framework of Rachel Lauer in the context of psychology, philosophy, and education. Lauer has developed a broad theoretical framework, as well as a pedagogy and curriculum, aimed at human development. Her work responds...
Assumptions: Identifying Race
How many of you have found yourselves looking for a job recently? I have: Contacting some colleges about working as an adjunct (that's academese for "part time") counselor. Perhaps someone has asked you, too, very politely, to complete a questionnaire...
Finding Meaning
This cartoon "clearly displays": * ugly racism * ugly and stupid Klan members * whatever the observer thinks When above appeared in the Toledo (Ohio) Blade, our local paper, on June 22, 1998, it set off a flood of angry letters to the editor....
My First Seance
Sirs: Somewhere in my browsing through the interesting books that have come my way through the Psychology Centre, I once read a paragraph which, although I cannot quote it word for word, said something like this: "Exercise of the imagination cannot...
Number-English: A Dictionary (Any-Az)
This, the third installment of a dictionary addressing the difficulty of hitching ordinary language to scientific language, completes the entries under the letter A. Difficulties in hitching the two languages arise in various ways. Some stem from...
Seventh and Ninth Grade Writing Exercises: Candy, Biographies, and E-Prime
I have developed two writing lessons that students seem to enjoy. One involves candy. The other includes the writing of illustrated autobiographies. The Seventh Grade Class I begin my seventh grade writing exercise by giving each student a piece...
Silent Night: Non-Verbal Sex at the Galactic Cafe
Editor's note(2299): We who write history rarely question point of view. We claim omniscience - as though we know what only gods can know - giving credibility to our abstractions with the appropriate academi-babble. Therefore, it will come as no surprise...
The Task of the Listener
The word-manipulating professions have of necessity grown in importance with increasing economic interdependency in a technological world. The more industrialized society becomes, the more carefully must human effort be coordinated - and this coordination...
The War of the Words: Revamping Operational Terminology for UFOs
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. H. G. Wells, The Outline of History We have tried to analyze the most baffling phenomena while disregarding structural peculiarities of languages ... Alfred Korzybski,...
Understandings of Media
What are media? In a culture where TV is even more ubiquitous than indoor plumbing and there are more radios than people, this question seems too simple to deserve explicit response and debate. Yet our conceptions of media of communication, like other...
Why General Semanticists Should Distrust Computers
Two important principles of general semantics are: 1. the map is not the territory and 2. we should avoid two-valued propositions (see Korzybski, 1948). The map is not the territory reminds us that the name is not the thing, that language...
World Wide Web Discovery
Michael Buchenroth A waxing quantity of electronically Published literature and datamines manifest Within the world wide web daily. Indeed with such realness - Rich electronic histories Sciences Geology URLs to JPLs satellite imagery from Pluto...