ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 4, Winter

A General Semantcis Glossary (Part XIII)
general uncertainty. In my thirty years of teaching general semantics I have encountered enthusiasts who seemed to see general-semantics as an appropriately certain system designed to replace all former inappropriately certain systems. They were usually...
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Clones on First
In the 23rd century, engineers aboard Baseball Planet developed cloning to produce cheap, obedient, baseball players. Clones get no pay. Thus, the entrepreneurs' single-minded pursuit of profit led to great technological advance. Clones replicate...
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Concerning an E-Prime Translation of the Bible
An occasional section in ETC., "Insights" will feature novel and innovative applications of general semantics and alternative perspectives on contemporary topics. When D. David Bourland, Jr., looks for possible sources of material to rewrite in E-Prime...
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Coposing Zen Haiku: Training to Make Sense
I've titled this paper "Composing Zen Haiku: Training to Make Sense" because I think the practice of composing haiku requires a discipline in a person's thinking and emoting patterns similar to, and in some ways as rigorous as, the general semantics...
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'Glossing Over' Feminism?: A General Semantics Critique
It makes sense that the term feminism would find its way into an array of glossaries, because the function of a glossary, in general, is to define and clarify difficult terms. In our culture the word "feminism" covers enough ideological, intellectual,...
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Pathological Communication Patterns in Heller's 'Catch-22.'
In Schizophrenia, the foremost psychotic disorder, patients suffer from thought and communication breakdown. One of the theories concerning the development of schizophrenia ties it to patterns of pathological communication within the family (Bateson...
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Schoolspeak: Breaking the Code
Richard D. Haymes recently offered a rather cynical glossary of terms from corporate America (ETC., Summer, 1995, 222-227). Haymes argues that corporations are facing unprecedented demands, resulting in a body of language that masks unpleasant realities....
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Talking Wild
Murray Bookchin (1991) uses the terms "first nature" and "second nature" as a way of distinguishing the nonhuman and social spheres. Bookchin asserts that first nature is constituted by the natural world, everything that isn't artifactual. Second...
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The Power of Powers: Schemes, Scams, and Panties
Have you heard of the latest, sexist, women-only twist on the traditional chain letter? It seems that women from San Francisco to Australia are being urged to forward new panties to the name at the head of a list and add their name and...
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The Red Flags of Persuasion
The rhetorical methods of Rush Limbaugh have previously received extended analysis in ETC. (See Chris Boyd's "Speaking Rushian" in the Fall 1994 issue). Yet, further scrutiny of Mr. Limbaugh's performance seems warranted, for he and his imitators continue...
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Virtual Reality as Metaphor
Virtual reality has caught people's imaginations and inspired fantasies far out of proportion to what the technology can actually deliver, now (1995) or in the foreseeable future. Virtual reality technology promises to immerse you in an exotic...
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Worries about Words
Derivations of a word are often as intriguing as the sorts of explanations psychologists come up with for human behavior. Etymology and psychology, indeed, have much in common -- so much so that maybe we should think of language in the way we think...
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