ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 2, Summer

Artificial Intelligence - Metaphor or Oxymoron?
The field of artificial intelligence is interesting to a student of metaphor, because it was explicitly founded upon a metaphor - several of them, in fact. In the 1950s, a group of scientists decided to try to provide the computer with intelligence....
A Sporting Proposition
If you could on average - dream along with me here - win four out of ten points playing tennis against Andre Agassi, then, based on pure chance, how many of your matches would you likely win from him? Before getting to the answer, let's just take a...
Developing a Self-Referencing System
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...
Full Circle: General Semantics and the Law
General semantics has for years been noted for its multi-disciplinary utility. Few, if any, sets of techniques or insights are as applicable to so many endeavors: from anthropology to zoology, from musicology to management, from poetry to psychiatry....
General Semantics Formulations in David Burns' Feeling Good
In 1980, David D. Burn's popular self-help book Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy appeared. Burns, an M.D., wanted to make cognitive therapy "user friendly" for the lay person. I believe that he has accomplished his objective. In addition, I regard...
ISGS Adventures in San Francisco
Robert Wanderer gives us a colorful history of the San Francisco Chapter of ISGS: This is the saga of the San Francisco Chapter of the International Society for General Semantics. During our nearly 40 years we have presented more than 500 lectures and...
My Secondhand Life
I live a secondhand life. Mostly. Occasionally I experience the ebb and flow of firsthand life. Rarely. Let me state my case. I get up in the morning. Although I consider this worthy of congratulation, nobody else does. Numb with sleep, I fumble to...
Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, and ... Squirrelly Semantics
Whenever a teacher sets out to give a course on a subject which covers an extremely wide area, such as semantics, he or she obviously has to choose between focusing too narrowly and hence treating only a small part of the field, and trying to deal with...
Reducing Misunderstandings in Trying to Reach Agreements
The kinds of agreements people try to come to would seem to have a good deal to do with the particular ways in which they manage to misunderstand one another. In general, there would appear to be two possible types of agreement - and any number of combinations...
The Last General Semantics Symposium at Ambassador University
Dr. David F. Maas and the English Department of Ambassador University at Big Sandy, Texas, sponsored their Fourth Annual Invitational General Semantics Symposium held on March 30 and 31, 1997. This brings to a conclusion an increasingly fine series of...
The "Meaning" of First Amendment Speech
At the heart of the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech, and at the center of the United States Supreme Court's opinions safeguarding that freedom, lie two "simple" yet deeply complicated and often paradoxical questions: what meaning should...
Understanding McLuhan
Marshall McLuhan's most famous quote is, "The medium is the message." By this he meant that all media have effects on the human psyche quite apart from the explicit bits of information they might convey. So what was the effect that this CD-ROM had on...