ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 1, January

Abstractions
Time has no divisions to mark its passage; there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols. --Thomas Mann, novelist,...
A Tangible Experience of Time-Binding
WHEN ASKED to write a report about the New York Society for General Semantics 60th Anniversary symposium, I had no idea I'd have a tangible experience of what it means to "time-bind." (See page 36 for the resulting report.) Since my introduction...
Dates and Indexes
Fifty years ago, ETC included a regular feature titled "Dates and Indexes" devoted to notes about local chapters and individual members, excerpts from letters, and significant clips from the news. With this issue, we reintroduce this feature as a way...
Fallacies of Logic: Argumentation Cons
Introduction NOWHERE, perhaps, can you be more easily conned than during an argument or discussion. You've taken a position on an issue, which you've thoroughly thought through. You have supporting data at your fingertips. You're a quick thinker...
From the Archives
50 Years Ago in ETC, Volume 14, Number 1 DORIS GAREY, "LITERATURE AS ROLE-PLAYING" ... Sometimes ... we resist intense emotional aliveness because we are afraid it will hinder us in various "practical" ways. We just "haven't time for that sort...
General Semantics, Terrorism and War
"Terrorism? We're all against it, and understandably and legitimately so. On that there is unanimity. The problem comes in trying to figure out what the 'it' is and, once identified, what we can most effectively do about it. " I HAVE GIVEN a great...
In This Issue
AS BEFITS the first issue of a new year, not to mention the first issue by a new editor, in this ETC we consider the old and the new. The new editor learns how to honor the unbroken record of publication that this publication enjoys, while adapting...
Making Sense Constructively
MAKING SENSE is a surprisingly difficult process. It involves the unique structure of the brain and central nervous system, the inventory of meanings we collect, the reality structures we construct throughout our lives, categorization, frames of reference,...
Maybe Our Times Were the Best Times
Note from the author Sometime in the year 1930 the scholarly, boyish looking president of a young book-publishing company found on his desk for submission the better part of an unedited manuscript to be titled Science and Sanity. In his words he...
NYSGS Michael Ruberto Award for Distinguished Service
During the People in Quandaries Symposium, Martin Levinson presented the NYSGS's Michael Ruberto Award for Distinguished Service to Allen Flagg. Before making the presentation, Levinson offered the following remarks: ALLEN FLAGG has been involved...
The 2006 International GS Conference: A Personal View
THE INSTITUTE of General Semantics held its 2006 International GS Conference on General Semantics at the Arlington Texas Hilton Hotel from October 26 to 28. The conference was, to me, (thank you Wendell Johnson) a delightful success. The accommodations...
"The World in Quandaries" Symposium
ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2006, the New York Society for General Semantics hosted a symposium titled "The World in Quandaries: Coping with Controversial Communication in the Global Village--Personal, Social, National, Cultural." The event at Fordham University...
What If Media Are Not "Extensions" of Our Senses, but "Intrusions" on Our Senses?
MARSHALL MCLUHAN based much of his thought on a powerful metaphor. This metaphor says that all media are extensions of our senses. McLuhan felt that print media extended the eye, with consequences rebounding through the entire culture. Now, electronic...