ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 3, Fall

Changing "Human Nature." (Steps Proposed by Semanticist Alfred Korzybski)
1. Introduction I DON'T KNOW WHETHER you folks experienced this -- how could I? -- but when I grew up in Smalltown, U.S.A., I heard bore after bore saying to one another, "Well, you just can't change human nature." Shaking of heads, in wonderment, ou...
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Developing a Prudent Society
Preface KORZYBSKI'S WRITINGS assume educated readers who need to know about science, especially as it applies to basic atomic theory. Readers need to know about Aristotelian logic, as developed by the Scholastics over the centuries before the Renaissance....
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Higher Educanto: Doublespeak in Academe
ONE OF THE most disturbing ironies in higher education today lies in the fact that academia, which should both teach and model the clear, effective use of language, is one of the worst offenders in its pervasive use of doublespeak. Lucid writing in the...
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Intrapersonal Evolution: The Structured Unconscious, the Structural More, and the Semantic Jump
IN 1859, CHARLES DARWIN presented the concept of organic evolution of living species in Origin of the Species. More recently, theorists have responded to the conceptual, value, and experiential revolutions which occur within human individuals by explaining...
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Never at a Loss for Words: Why Do Cliches Live On?
CLICHES. We scoff at them, ridicule those who use them, and try to avoid them i our writing. Yet, despite many attempts to discredit and eliminate cliches, these tenacious little speech units still thrive today. In the face of all thei adversity, why...
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Problem Solving through General Semantics
EACH TIME I TEACH a class in general semantics, I suggest to my students that they will find these principles useful outside of the classroom. I tell them that they can use general semantics to help reframe and refocus their experiences in order to better...
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Shared Lenses: General Semantics and the Organizational Culture Perspective
GENERAL SEMANTICS has been applied to many academic, professional, and personal areas and is a unique, alternative lens through which to view the world. G.S. i a non-linear, non-reductionistic, process-oriented perspective which examines, among other...
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Some Sources of Polarized Thinking
LEARNING TO THINK in a non-polar way is a tenet of the non-Aristotelian system enunciated by general semanticists. Along with other principles, such as its correlates of non-allness and extensionalizing our observations, non-polar thinking is proposed...
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Speaking Rushian
SIX YEARS AGO he was a local talk show host in Sacramento, Calfornia. Since the he has risen to national fame with his New York-based, nationally broadcast radio program airing for three hours each weekday. During the last year and a half he has been...
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What Makes Us Human?
WHAT IS IT that makes us human? Was there a gradual emergence? or a "great leap forward" from apekind to humankind? Anthropologists, paleontologists, archaeologists, and many others have offered a wide range of explanations and speculations. The puzzle...
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