ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 4, Winter

A Fantasy in Five Parts
Giraffe and Snake are moving through trees and grass at the side of a large lake. The sun is setting and an orange-pink sky is reflected in the still water. Giraffe gazes out from the shore for a moment and then walks towards a tree with high branches...
A General Semantics Glossary
types of questions. Many have observed that the structure of the questions you ask largely determines the structure of whatever answers you may give yourself. Admittedly, that insight has not usually been stated in just that way, but you know me. Another...
Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture and Colloquium
We live in an ever-changing world of "maybes," therefore, a dynamic approach - like that of quantum mechanics and general semantics - offers more effective evaluative tools than many static Aristotelian systems. That seemed to sum up the Alfred Korzybski...
E-Prime, Delay, and Mindfulness
I assume that those who encounter this report know the basic arguments for E-Prime, and have the two previous Anthologies available for reference. (1) Knowing that the first Anthology has gone into at least a third printing reassures me that we have...
House Seats
You can run into mathsemantic difficulties almost anywhere. Even so, it may come as a surprise to find that you need read only five sentences of the Constitution of the United States to reach an enduring mathsemantic problem left us by the founding fathers....
Mapping Creativity with a Capital "C."
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago and author of the best-selling book Flow, spent five years (between 1990 and 1995) interviewing a selected group of one hundred exceptional individuals in an effort to make...
Metaphors Converging on the Internet
The internet is a strange and wonderful thing. It inspires fierce loyalty in some of its users, who see it as a forum of free expression and vow to defend it against all who would misuse it. It inspires visions of profit in other users, who are trying...
Procrustean Bed
In the issue of Fall 1997 appeared a delightful article by Robert Steiner concerning the preposition problem - not ending a sentence "with." The rule on never ending a sentence with a preposition arose, apparently, from late 17th-early 18th century determination...
Selections from 'Mapping the Media: A Media Literacy Guidebook
Introduction Media literacy has begun to blossom in American education. However, its development lags behind that in other countries. Critical thinking has become more established in mainstream education, yet it also continues to prompt some controversy....
Some Myths Addressed by General Semantics
The Myth of: Identity that two things can be identical (similar in all respects) ... that two things can be the same ... that a thing is identical with itself ... Allness that we can say, know, imagine, describe, understand, etc., all about anything,...
Understanding McLuhan: Television and the Creation of the Global Village
A spectre haunts the infosphere. Marshall McLuhan, who died in 1980, still informs fast-forward-looking disc-course. Wired Magazine (and its on-line version, HotWired) list Marshall McLuhan on their mastheads as "patron saint." New editions of his books...