ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 4, October

A Heinlein Child Pays Homage to the Master
SOME SCHOLARS ARGUE that Robert A. Heinlein was the most influential writer of the 20th Century. There is no argument Heinlein was the greatest influence on my life. Long before I heard the phrase "Heinlein's Children" I considered myself such a child--a...
Albert Ellis, 93, Influential Psychotherapist, Dies
July 25, 2007 New York Times Front Page ALBERT ELLIS, whose innovative straight-talk approach to psychotherapy made him one of the most influential and provocative figures in modern psychology, died yesterday at his home above the institute he...
At a Music Festival
IAM AT AN outdoor music festival. I am sitting with friends when a dark cloud rolls in. All of a sudden, sheets of rain start pouring down. Out come umbrellas, raincoats, ponchos. Even these don't really keep us dry. My wife and I go stand beneath...
From the Archives
50 YEARS AGO IN ETC: VOLUMME 14, NUMBER 3 EARL C. KELLEY, THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BEING UNIQUE We do not see everything in our surroundings. To do so would bring us such a mass of data, most of them unimportant, that we could not comprehend all of...
General Semantics and Rational-Emotive Therapy: 1991 Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture
I NEVER WOULD HAVE originated rational-emotive therapy (RET) had I not been strongly influenced by philosophers rather than psychotherapists. For when 1 founded RET in 1955, the field of therapy was almost completely run by clinicians, ranging from...
General Semantics and the Revision of Romaji
FROM GRAND FORKS, North Dakota, a traveler can proceed west on US Highway 2 and in about 210 miles be in Minot, North Dakota. A tourist traveling on Japan Railways in Tokyo can take the Green Line clockwise around Tokyo and visit any of these stations...
Heinlein and Ellis: Converging Competencies
ON JULY 7, 2007, the Heinlein Centennial was held in Kansas City to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of acclaimed "Grand Master" science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein. Heinlein is generally acknowledged as one of the four great...
In the Moment: Zen and the Art of Logical Haiku
THE JAPANESE POETRY of Haiku is often introduced to young children as a means of experiencing nature and describing this experience via a structured 3-line description, the three lines consisting of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. I have tried this many...
In This Issue
WE START THIS ISSUE with an obituary from The New York Times. On July 24, 2007, Albert Ellis died. Psychologist, writer, and teacher, Ellis pioneered a remarkable left-turn in standard psychoanalysis in the 1950s which he named Rational Emotive Therapy...
Rebutting Joseph T. Major's View of General Semantics in Heinlein's Children
JOSEPH T. MAJOR released his book Heinlein's Children in March of 2006. This book contains an updated collection of Major's essays on the so-called "juvenile" books of speculative fiction author, Robert A. Heinlein, published between the years of 1947...
Some Reasons Why I Use REBT in My Private Practice and Personal Life
THERE ARE MANY REASONS why I use REBT. Perhaps the most important one is because it seems very logical and has a clear and focused practical application, in practice and everyday life. Since I first listened to some of Ellis' tapes of therapy sessions...
That Was by My Other Mother-Chapter 4 (Conclusion)
AT SUMMER'S END, in 1948, Korzybski received an unsolicited invitation from Yale University. Professor Filmer S.C. Northrop, Doctor of Letters, author, and Sterling Professor of Philosophy and Law, invited Korzybski to give one of his seminars at Yale...
The Semantic School: A Platform for Educational Design
ONE OF THE ONGOING tasks of the budding educational leader is to devise, revise, and reflect on a platform of beliefs regarding schools, teaching and learning. Why do we have schools? What do we expect to do? How will we know if we've done it? One...
What We Could Become
Based on speaking notes prepared for a panel discussion on General Semantics at the Heinlein Centennial held in Kansas City, MO, July 7, 2007, celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein. I HAVE...