ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 1, Spring

A General Semantics Glossary, Part 4
elementalism/non-elementalism. Korzybski formulated time-binding as the defining human act; the behavior by which humans demonstrate their humanity. Having identified language as the tool of time-binding, Korzybski exerted himself to tease out, via linguistic...
All in All That's Not All
WE MIGHT THINK OF general-semantics principles and formulations as "semantic ABMs" -- attitudinal and behavioral modifiers -- based on an explicitly stated critical thinking frame of reference and generated from empirical data. Individuals who use these...
Dynamite
IF YOU WANT to reduce the risk of disaster, check the map against the territory. Compare what you think about a situation with ongoing events in the world Out There. Like many families, ours occasionally took the map for granted. While my two brothers...
E-Primer: A Tutorial on E-Prime
Paul Dennithorne Johnston. E-Primer: A Tutorial on E-Prime. (MS-DOS version) Distributed by The International Society for General Semantics, Concord, CA. 1992. In his program E-Primer Paul Dennithorne Johnston has created an engaging way for students...
From "The Road" to "The Fast Track" - American Metaphors of Life
LIFE IS A JOURNEY is one of the most ancient and venerable of metaphors. It is a core metaphor of the mystical Chinese philosophy of Taoism: The Tao is The Way, The Path, which is constantly changing. In the English language, we have a series of metaphors...
Irving J. Lee: A Teacher for Our Times
MY RELATIONSHIP WITH Dr. Lee developed during my years as a teaching assistant at Northwestern University. It was through the letter of recommendation from Dr. S. I. Hayakawa, that I received a special teaching assistantship with Dr. Lee. After receiving...
Kidnapped by an Alien: Tales of UFO Abductions
IN RECENT YEARS stories of alien abductions have increased enormously. "I Was Kidnapped by an Alien" headlines assault us from the pseudo newspapers at checkout stands, and television "unsolved mysteries" programs often feature UFO abduction stories....
News about the News: Changes and Challenges in the 1990s
THE MOST BASIC, most important and most difficult question in journalism can be asked in three words: What is news? It's a basic question for anyone beginning the study of journalism or for anyone who learns about the world -- as most of us do -- from...
Remembering Irving J. Lee
EARLY IN 1937 I saw a notice on the bulletin board in my high school. It described a high school institute to be held at Northwestern University School of Speech during the coming summer. A scholarship of seventy-five dollars was offered to qualifying...
Sex: A Review of Reviews
ELEMENTS OF THE aging baby-boom population, in what they probably now recall as their salad days, used to find it inspirational to fantasize along lines of, "Suppose they gave a war, and nobody came!" The noted pop performer and financial wizard, Madonna,...
The Electronic Polis: The 1992 Election
FRANK SESNO, POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT for Cable News Network, stared into the camera and urged "interactive viewers" to phone in their opinions about the economy. "If you think the economy is getting better, press one, then the pound sign," he said....
Who Controls Your Life?
HE MADE ME ANGRY!" "She makes me feel stupid." Feeling angry and stupid and attributing the cause of the feelings to someone else relieves us of the responsibility for our feelings. If others can control when and if we feel angry, happy, stupid or anything...
Why Discussions Go Astray (1947)
THE POINTS OF BREAKDOWN in group discussions are many and varied. Much of the time they coincide with the failure of participants to understand each other. Sometimes they occur when the participants understand each other too well. Very often it is by...