ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 1, Spring

A General Semantics
I.F.D. disease; Korzybski's Happiness Formula. The most widely known version of the 'I.F.D.' disease is probably that of Wendell Johnson presented in his excellent People in Quandaries. After Hayakawa's Language in Thought and Action, Johnson's book...
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Allness and Public Policy
A recent newspaper article (Longworth, 1997) reported on national polls designed to discover views on national issues. Pollsters focused on samples of U.S. citizens, national elected officials and their staff members, journalists, and other "Washington...
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Emptying Your Cup: Non-Verbal Awareness and General Semantics
Wishing to talk about Zen philosophy, a professor visited a Zen master. As they sat together the Zen master poured tea. He kept on pouting as the tea overflowed onto the floor. "Stop!" said the professor, "you have filled the cup, no more will go in."...
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General Semantics and Memetics: A Tentative Relationship?
Those of you who, like me, have followed what we consider the "precepts" of General Semantics for many years and who feel a debt of gratitude to Alfred Korzybski for his contribution to our "state of sanity," may obtain additional satisfaction from the...
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Resolving an Anomaly
When I call something anomalous, I usually mean that it does not agree with what we would consider as consistent or regular. I, at least, feel that I should figure out why it doesn't conform to my model of fitness and what it is that caused it to exist....
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Science and Sanity into the Nineties and Beyond: The New Edition
The Institute of General Semantics has issued the fifth edition of Science and Sanity, Alfred Korzybski's second book. Originally published in 1933, the book describes Korzybski's theory of sanity, and defines and delineates the general semantics discipline....
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Shifting Base
A front-page article in today's morning paper boldly proclaims that "Sex twice a week appears to lower men's death risk" and then warns of the dangers of trusting statistics that might have a shifting base. (1) The study in question involved 918 men...
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Stuart A. Mayper (1916-1997)
The discipline of general-semantics has suffered a grievous loss, as has the multitude of friends and colleagues of Stuart Mayper. Stuart died on November 25, 1997, succumbing to cancer of the bladder, kidney failure, and other organ tissue breakdowns....
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Teaching Psychology According to a Quantum Physics Paradigm: A Summary
This paper was presented at the "New Maps For New Territories" colloquium following the Korzybski Memorial Lecture, November 1997. Robert Anton Wilson presented the lecture which focused on quantum psychology. The colloquium participants discussed issues...
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The Non-Aristotelian Clone
Today, many historians say the clone controversy began long ago on planet Earth when scientists cloned a sheep named "Lambchop." Evidence cited includes laws to prevent human cloning passed in 1999 by the congress of the then USA. These laws, propelled...
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The Technological Race as Metaphor
The news media loves a race. A race is exciting. You can measure who's ahead and who's behind; you can make predictions; you can bet on the results. But most of all, a race is simple. There is a clear-cut criterion for winning; there is an unambiguous...
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Using General Semantics
General Semantics can be considered a neuro-semantic, neuro-linguistic discipline. Therefore, I have found that learning the definitions and descriptions of the formulations presented in Science and Sanity, staff lectures, workshops, and other sources...
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