ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 68, No. 4, October

Appreciative Inquiry + General Semantics [Right Arrow] IFD Disease Resistance
General semantics extensional devices such as E-prime and dating have been shown to help students write measurable goals that combat IFD disease (Maas, 2004). I propose using extensional devices with Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to further student resistance...
Corporate Identity Metaphor as Constitutive Discourse in Miniature: The Case of New China Life
This essay critically engages the cluster of corporate identity metaphors deployed by the ex-chair of a we insurer based in Beijing to construct the corporate persona, consolidate his personal authority, negotiate ideological tensions, and produce...
Is the Universe Information?
Back in the 1990s, I thought television was going to provide the dominant JJ)metaphors for our technological times. As I write this, in 2011, it is clear that the computer is king of the metaphor. We use computers all through our lives; it is understandable...
Language Power: Korzybski'S Interdisciplinary Methodology
Introduction I'm arriving here with two essentially convergent concerns. The first is the current national--if not worldwide--crisis in education. This problem is not new, but it has recently begun to get some more attention in the media. Its roots,...
My Culture Shock Experience
Edward T. Hall in The Silent Language, said that "Learning to learn differently is something that has to be faced every day by people who go overseas ..." American's Classrooms Last August, I flew here to realize my dreams without any assistantships...
Reading Korzybski through Nietzsche
At the outset, there are sharp differences between Nietzsche and Korzybski: the former is a distinguished critic of Platonic philosophy, a poet, philologist, and philosopher with an unusual style of writing, a thinker whose influence on Western intellectual...
"She Just Called You Honey": My Quandary at Waffle House
My wife and I arrived in Mobile four years ago. As we drove from Pennsylvania into the deep South, I began to notice the subtle changes that became increasingly less subtle, not least of which was the stifling humidity. It was bad in Pennsylvania,...
"The Map Is Not the Territory It Represents": Consequences on the Evaluation-Intervention Process
A teacher meets a student during recess to discuss his behavior in class. The psychologist of the school board presents the results of a child's evaluation process. During a meeting aiming to establish a personalized intervention plan, we discuss the...
The Oxford English Dictionary: A Time - Binding Marvel
Time-binding: the characteristic human ability to transmit information, using language and other symbols, across time; the potential for individuals to learn from their own and other people's experiences; the potential for each generation to start...
The Spectacled Society: General Semantics and a Painters Process
Since reading Korzybski's "Science and Sanity" many years ago, I have LY often found myself returning to General Semantics (GS) during my career as a Painter. I think this has been mainly at times when I've found the entire discourse of "Art" to be...
The Teacher as Cultural Worker: Overlapping Insights from Sociology and General Semantics
Children, future of a nation, go through various processes of socialization to learn moral values and social conventions and develop according to their unique needs and potential. Knowledge, the foundation of social life and its transmission between...