ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 4, Winter

Do Abortions Reduce Crime?
ROBERT WANDERER [*] WE LEARN AS SMALL CHILDREN that if you put your hand on hot stove, you're going to get burned. We learn a large number of these cause-and-effect relationships. And we understand more complex relationships: there are causes with...
Doublewant
PAUL DENNITHORNE JOHNSTON [*] The Story So Far: Aboard the Baseball Planet where clones were preprogrammed during their manufacture with what knowledge they needed to serve humans, a disaffected technician "Jane" secretly created a clone which...
Escaping from the Self-Esteem Trap
GARDNER GATELEY [*] ONE CONTEMPORARY VIEW of our relationships with ourselves holds that we require self-esteem. Advocates of this perspective believe that lack of this trait underlies just about every category of human failings: school failure,...
Fifty Years Ago in Etc
What human beings do, they do as responses to stimuli, and these stimuli come from two directions. They come from outside the skin by way of the receptors and constitute for us the dynamic, fluid, extensional world; and they come from inside the skin...
From the President
The Directors of the International Society for General Semantics have done me the honor of reelecting me to the position of President. During the past two years the Executive Committee has spent a majority of its time working on a new Constitution,...
ON CONSCIOUS ABSTRACTING AND A CONSCIOUSNESS OF ABSTRACTING: Some Abstractions
MILTON DAWES [*] PART TWO Paradigm Shift in Thinking IF WE WANT TO CHANGE OUR LIVES, we have to change the way we 'think' about things. Since most of our behavior is habitual and automatic, we have to work at developing consciousness of...
Robert Wanderer on GS Then and Now
IN OCTOBER, 1999, Robert Wanderer received the J. Talbot Winchell Award, presented annually to "Someone who has significantly advanced the spread of general semantics." A founder of the San Francisco chapter of the International Society for General...
SATIR FOR BEGINNERS: Incongruent Communication Patterns in Romantic Fiction
DANIELA KRAMER [*] THOUGH OVER 30 YEARS have passed since family therapist Virginia Satir first published her ideas regarding interpersonal communication, the significance of her contribution has not lessened. A brief summary of her theory will...
SEMANTIC SABOTAGE AT THE SMITHSONIAN: A Head Test
MARK A. RAIMER [*] WHEN ASKED how he had accomplished so much in the sciences, Sir Isaac Newton replied, "If I have seen farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants." [1] Newton recognized that science operates...
The 1999 Doublespeak Awards
SOURCE: NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH BILL CLINTON wins unwanted fame for his language skills at misleading the public by fudging, fibbing, and dodging. Bill Clinton, said to be deeply concerned with his legacy, has joined his presidential...
THE 46th ANNUAL ALFRED KORZYBSKI MEMORIAL LECTURE
STEVE STOCKDALE [*] IF YOU'VE PARTICIPATED in social discussions regarding general semantics -- among folks who would admit to having actually read Korzybski, you've probably heard the inevitable sigh, "(sigh) Somebody needs to rewrite Science and...
THE NINETIES -- the Downsizing Decade
RAYMOND GOZZI, JR. [*] WITH ALL THE EXCITEMENT and apprehension over the Millennium change, the decade of the 1990s has received little attention. There are no generally agreed-upon themes, icons, or nicknames for the decade. This is partly because...
THE POWER OF METAPHOR: In the Age of Electronic Media [+]
RAYMOND GOZZI, JR. [*] Theories of Metaphor A METAPHOR IS A TRANSFERENCE, naming one thing in terms of another, according to Aristotle's ancient definition (Poetics, 1954 ed., Ch. 20). It sounds so simple -- and is simple enough for people to...