ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 4, Winter

A General Semantics Glossary
higher order functions. In the XVth entry of the glossary I discussed the formulation, mathematical function, and how Korzybski built his system-function (general-semantics) from it. (1) You may want to review that glossary entry before proceeding. I...
"All the News That's Fit to Print" - et Cetera
I've long appreciated the message implied in the famous New York Times slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print." It seems to me an elegant expression of the high standards set by the Times and it suggests that other papers are probably publishing news...
A Meta Curriculum Based upon Critical Thinking
Two great problems besiege educators of the 90's. What can be done about the fragmentation and over-specialization of the traditional disciplines? How can students integrate what they learn for application to lifelong human issues? These questions reflect...
An Approach to Everyday Living: A Note regarding the Calculus
This essay reflects some of my current high order speculating-abstractings. I suggest readers apply visualization and imagination; "rational," "intellectual," and "logical" analysis alone will not help much. It would also help to remember that the world...
Developing a Self-Referencing System: The Matrix
This article describes how to extend somatic awareness in new directions, through an alternating series of theoretical models and self-reflexive exercises. I use the term somatic awareness to imply a first-person, here/now, sensory perception: how we...
Here and Now, Less Worry
I worry too much. I worry about worrying too much. The economy, politics, crime, overpopulation, poverty, my health, my car, my bad habits, the environment... I worry about abstract stuff and particular stuff, and things I probably can't change. I...
Once, in Madrid
"Joan" I asked my friend as we walked the streets of Madrid on an early evening in late winter, "why does it say 'ONCE' on all the kiosks here?" Joan (pronounced YO-ahn) stopped to look at me. "'Once'? It says 'Once' on a kiosk?" "Not just one kiosk,...
On Having Four Feet
The other day, watching a television nature-show, I finally saw an erne. If you do crossword puzzles, then you probably know that "erne" provides the four-letter answer to the definition "sea eagle." I never bothered to look further into this matter...
Similarity and Semantics
Consider the statement "Similarity is the foundation of abstract knowledge." (1) This may seem to be an obvious or simplistic observation. Contrast it with the general semantics practitioner's motto: "The map is not the territory." At first glance, this...
The Jigsaw Puzzle as a Metaphor for Knowledge
We commonly say that something is "a puzzle," or we are "puzzled" by something. A puzzle can actually be a very large and indeterminate situation, which stops us dead in our tracks because we don't know what to do. Sometimes I think that Nature itself...
There Is Nothing Virtual about Virtual Reality
Anyone who has visited an art museum lately must have recognized the presence of increasing numbers of computers. Cyberspace has begun to co-exist with, or, possibly more diabolically, infiltrated artistic space. The recent exhibition of John Cage's...