ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 3, Fall

Charlotte Schuchardt Read 1909-2002
Charlotte Schuchardt Read, who contributed an immeasurable wealth of insight and gentle direction to the world of general semantics, died in New York City on July 25, 2002 at the age of 92. After an illness of many months, she passed away in her...
Fifty Years Ago. (Retrospect)
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: It would seem the utmost effrontery on my part to speak to you on the subject of the psychological problems of being Negro. I am not a Negro, and never have been. Hence, if any of you want to raise loudly the question, "What...
General Semantics at UNLV. (News & Notes)
About 35 students attended a course titled General Semantics and Public Discourse at the University of Nevada this summer. Dr. Martha Watson, Dean of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and holder of the Professorship, developed the course for...
Hilgartner Paper Presented in Baden-Baden. (Membership Page)
Longtime ISGS member and GS scholar, Dr. C. Andrew Hilgartner, recently attended this year's meeting of the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, which took place in Baden-Baden, July 29-August 3, 2002....
Leadership, Shared Meaning, and Semantics
"We all will make inferences; one aspect of leadership concentrates on minimizing our tendency to drift apart in how we assign meaning." "I am saying society is based on shared meanings, which constitute the culture. If we don't share coherent...
Mathematical Certainties and Operational Doubts: Autobiography of a Renaissance Man
"I noted the emphasis on the two fundamental questions that constitute the foundation of scientific cognition, 'What do you mean?' and 'How do you know?"' Anatol Rapoport WHEN ANATOL RAPOPORT wrote his life story, Certainties and Doubts; A...
Nous Cherchons Les Oiseaux
On May 18, 2002, 12 intrepid birders from the Pacific Northwest boarded a plane for a two-week adventure in France, sponsored by the Audubon Society of Portland. Our trip leaders, Bob Lockett and Adrienne Wolf-Lockett, found themselves trying to...
Selections from under the Eye of God
THE CORRIDORS OF NIGHT MESAPORT only pretended solidity. Within the towering rock lay a hidden network of caves and tunnels. Generations of dwellers had spent their summers and winters expanding their warrens like worms tunneling through soft...
Snooping around the Time-Binding Attic. (from the Archives)
Part 2 Wendell Johnson, Francis Chishoim, Russell Meyers, Ray Bontrager, Irving Lee, Samuel Bois IN THE FIRST INSTALLMENT of this series, I related some items of historical interest regarding Alfred Korzybski and the establishment of the Institute...
Some Criteria for Humanizing
"The growth of studies of our human potentials is giving us a new feeling about ourselves." Introduction and Focuses In the accumulating enormous range of information and deeper understanding of many other cultures than our own, we can see...
To Be or Naught to Be +
"Existence or nullity. The question vexes me." -- HAMLET THE MORE YOU WRITE, the more you become sensitized to language. You start to notice little things that occur around you: accidental puns, malaprops, mixed-up phrases. Any discussion of linguistics...
Travelgate. (Metaphors in Action)
NOW THAT THE CLINTON PRESIDENCY is over, we are starting to get some closure on the many charges and allegations that were directed against the President and the First Lady, also known as "Bill and Hillary." The Clinton '90s were a time of extraordinary...
Writing to Tell: A Spoonful of Fiction
Twenty installments of The Clone Chronicles appeared in ETC between 1995 and 2002. Here, the author talks about his efforts to disseminate general semantics through writing fiction. He also reveals some other ideas behind the story. A SPOONFUL...