ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 68, No. 1, January

An iPhone in Every Hand: Media Ecology, Communication Structures, and the Global Village
Media ecologist Neil Postman once remarked that "A medium is a technology within which a culture grows; that is to say, it gives form to a culture's politics, social organization, and habitual ways of thinking." To what extent has the current "new...
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Distracted
Electronic media are increasingly enveloping us. An electronic environment is beginning to suffocate our senses all our waking hours. There is one main culprit. Cell phones are with us everywhere, sending us texts from friends and family, and making...
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General Semantics as Source Material in the Works of Robert A. Heinlein
Many people have come to be aware of General Semantics (GS) through the works of several science fiction authors, notably, The "Null-A" works of A.E. van Vogt, the fiction of Robert Heinlein, the much lesser known H. Beam Piper, (1) and others. This...
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Health Insurance Reform Rhetoric's Two-Valued Orientation
Introduction In 2005, then Massachusetts Republican Governor Mitt Romney announced his plans to include an "individual mandate" as part of his "universal health insurance" agenda. Though he officially announced his plans in 2004, at that time, his...
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How Science Should Be Done: Insights from Santiago Ramon Y Cajal
General semantics advocates a scientific approach for making effective evaluations. Such an approach has enabled humankind to go from living in caves to living in high-rise apartment buildings, from traveling by foot to traveling by supersonic jet,...
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Literacy and Democracy in Russia
When I first came to the United States from Moscow two years ago, I noticed that the word "democracy" appears in Americans' vocabulary, in the media, and in the conversations of people around me almost as often as it appears in Russia, which is quite...
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Running
It's early evening dark and I'm running! I'm running blindly face awash in tears, sobbing, and gasping beyond any shred of control, maybe screaming as well. I'm not running to something. I'm running from something I cannot run from. Suddenly, violently...
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The Idea of Communication: A Response to Lee Thayer
This piece has been informed by ongoing conversations with Dr. Corey Anton. The author also feels thankful to all of the engaged students at Grand Valley State University who took his Theories of Communication class in Fall 2010. Introduction ...
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The Non-Allness of the Hangman's Justice
"They kills themselves. I merely put the rope round their necks and knock away the platform beneath them." --William Marwood (Cassell's Saturday Journal, 23 January 1892) Justice holds a "heavy cargo of messages," wrote Eliza Steelwater in...
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There Are No Girls in My Classroom: A Pedagogical Note
In halls, break rooms, and offices of colleges across the United States (and likely the world), one can hear such sentiments as, "These kids today just don't have any work ethic," or "This girl in my class is going to fail if she doesn't get her act...
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The Time of Our Lives: Time-Binding with Burton Miller
We do this (time-binding) among ourselves as we communicate. We do this across generations so that each generation of humans has the potential to start off where previous generations ended. We utilize the experience of the past as we develop...
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Young Alfred Korzybski
School was done. Vacation time had come. Fourteen-year-old Alfred Korzybski took the train from Warsaw. He was traveling from his family's home there to spend the summer at Rudnik, their country estate located in the gubernia (government district)...
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