ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 3, Fall

A CRISIS FOR EDUCATORS: An Opportunity for Service
If teachers in elementary and high schools wish to help their students meet the standards recently laid down by the New York State Education Department (1996), many may have to go through a paradigm shift of their own. Background The New York...
Fifty Years Ago in Etc
I have attended meetings galore at which people told each other how valuable this discipline [general semantics] is, and how much the world needs it. Wars may, indeed, start in "the minds of men," but so do the small doings of the day. "Here is the...
I Am Not a Giraffe, and I Can Prove It
The concept that the burden of proof is on the one making the claim is one of the most powerful arguments in the skeptic's arsenal. It keeps coming back like a bad penny. I have seen it over and over in skeptical writing, and have heard it from...
In Memoriam Mary Morain (1911-1999)
We note with great sadness the passing of Mary Stone Dewing Morain, who died on June 14, 1999. A graduate of Radcliffe College and the University of Chicago, Mary Morain accomplished much during her long life. Upon learning of her death, many noted...
In This Issue
In this issue we explore some ways that words and symbols, for better or worse, shape our lives - correction - the way in which we use words and symbols, mindfully or mindlessly, to construct, interpret, enhance, diminish, or otherwise mold our lives....
Millendium
Dead Digits During an economic slump in the last half of the 23rd Century, M. E. O'Wally, CEO of America and Environs, called a meeting of his advisors, henchpersons, and assorted experts. "We have to pump start the economy," he said sagely....
NETWORKING AMERICA: The Cultural Context of the Privacy V. Publicity Debates
Implicit in the carving out of a private realm is the idea of personhood itself One might imagine that nothing new could be said about privacy beyond the dictionary notion that it is something secluded from the sight, presence, or intrusion of others....
Never Say "War"
Hello Crew World Most college athletic departments regard crew as a minor sport, and women's crew as even less important, if not nonexistent. However, in the last few years, the number of colleges offering women's crew has increased to 122 from...
ON CONSCIOUS ABSTRACTING AND A CONSCIOUSNESS OF ABSTRACTING: Some Abstractions
PART ONE We Learn to "Think" in Certain Ways From the moment of birth we are bombarded with words, and surrounded and influenced by cultural structures and institutions: books, teachers, plays, television and radio broadcasts, advertisements,...
One Person-One Vote
BEFORE THE READERS OF THIS JOURNAL In the matter of equal representation in the House of Representatives COMPLAINT AND PETITION OF THE MATHSEMANTIC MONITOR Now comes the mathsemantic monitor (1), to publish this Complaint and Petition on the...
Rational-Behavior Therapy as Correcting Demamaps
The irrational beliefs discovered by Ellis bring about bad feelings and unproductive activity because of the role they play in decision making. One of the oldest explanations of human conduct is the theory that we feel, choose, and act according...
"REMEMBER WHEN..." A Consideration of the Concept of Nostalgia
The special place accorded the "beauteous" past of nostalgia in feeling and action is further attested to by the fact that, in English at least, there exists no antonym for it, no word to describe feelings of rejection or revulsion toward one's past...
The Three Strikes Metaphor
"Three strikes and you're out!" This cry has moved from the baseball fields into politics in the Nineties, becoming one of the most potent law-and-order metaphors of the decade. Over 20 states and the federal government now have three strikes sentencing...
Why General Semanticists Should Distrust Theses Based on False Information
The article "Why General Semanticists Should Distrust Computers" [by Raymond Gozzi, Jr., ETC, Spring 1999] was undoubtedly novel and interesting, albeit rather Luddite in tone. Unfortunately the author seems not to have run his work by someone knowledgeable...