ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 68, No. 3, July

Are We Externalizing Ourselves out of Existence?: A Speculation on the Future of Humankind
There is a convergence of technologies in the beginning of the twenty-first century that may (or may not) lead to the beginning of the end of Homo sapiens on this planet. These technologies include organ transplants, artificial organs, robotics, and...
Mapping the Persian Gulf Naming Dispute
How we label or categorize depends upon our purpose, our projections, A Aand our evaluations; yet the thing labeled does not change just because we change the label or category. (1) Words do not have "one true meaning." Words mean different things...
Peace-Inner and Outer
"Peace" is a big word. It appears on signs in demonstrations. It gets JL used in political speeches. It appears in sermons. Yet it often means an absence of war. "Peace" often means we are not fighting. We define this important concept by what is not...
"Pernicious Stuff": Nineteenth Century Media, the Children Who Loved Them, and the Adults Who Worried about Them
In 1817, an author in the New England Palladium and Commercial Advertiser wrote about the impressive increase in the quality and variety of printed materials being used by teachers and students. He argued that "if the next age, therefore, is not a...
Syntax and Ethics: A Conversation
PZ: Humans alone struggle over language. In this struggle we realize our JL humanness. As we speak, we invoke history. Put otherwise, we get caught up in a contestation between semantic sedimentations and emergent intentions, between the proper and...
The Extensional Orientation, Hegemony, and General Semantics
Introduction In Genesis (6:15), God instructed Noah to build the ark. Jehovah specified these dimensions to Noah: "The length of the ark shall he three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits." Yahweh did...
The Knowledge Most Worth Knowing
The Three Perceptual Contexts That Enfold This Basic Information We live in a personally experienced universe. The information it provides is inexhaustible. This information becomes public knowledge when it becomes available to minds and in print...
Total Privacy and Absolute Disclosure in the Blogosphere: How Anonymous Courtesan Blogs Reveal All and Why
The goal of this article is to define the blog as a unique medium that allows for expression not possible anywhere else. Courtesan blogs are an extreme, but excellent, representation of this medium's potential as they take full advantage of its possibilities....
Umberto Eco Takes Semiotics to the Masses
Among the select group of literary critics who have had an impact upon popular culture, Umberto Eco, the Italian professor of Semiotics at the University of Bologna, should be considered one of the most influential of the past thirty years. Though...
Using the Earth Charter and Contemplative Practice to Develop Narratives That Promote Intergenerational Care
1. Introduction I believe in stories. I believe in the power of stories. I believe in the inspirational and transformative power of stories. I believe stories can create or destroy character. I believe stories can move people to action...