ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 1, Spring

A General Semantics Glossary (Part XVII)
It is clear that there is but one substance in the world, and that man is its ultimate expression. Julien Offray de la Mettrie Uni-substantialism. You won't find "uni-substantialism" in the publications of Alfred Korzybski, nor of other writers on...
Developing a Self-Referencing System: The Matrix (Part II)
Introduction We've all experienced points of keen awareness, animal intuition, where thought seems fluid as water, time seems to disappear. Or those disconcerting moments, when we find we've driven miles and not seen the road, read paragraphs and not...
Fatal Words
Although a final determination by the National Transportation Safety Board of what caused the fatal crash of ValuJet flight 592 in the Florida Everglades has not been reached as this is written, investigation has focused on an onboard fire and the oxygen...
Is Childhood Disappearing out Here in Televisionland?
I recall as a child in the early 1950s watching a big black and white television. Announcers would occasionally seem to address me, as one of the "kids out there in televisionland." I thought I lived in New York State. But it was also becoming televisionland....
Presentation of Self in Scholarly Life or When the Blindfold Comes Off
"Since all manuscripts are subject to blind review, references or other statements that identify authorship must be removed." Some version of the above statement is commonly found in the manuscript submission policy of the most prestigious journals...
Virtually Text(ured) Depictions of Self
But sometimes you have to wonder: Is all this manipulation and transmission of information really communication? Or its opposite? Information we don't need, people we can't see, jargon we can't understand, motives we can't assess, feelings we can't fathom...
What's in a Place Name? Romanticizing the Map
Before my first visit to England, I combed the map for a village where my friend had gone to visit relatives. Although I never reached that coastal hamlet, those wondrous English place names enchanted me and sent my imagination wild. They still do. ...