ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 3, July

A General Theory of Psychological Relativity and Cognitive Evolution
Abstract This paper presents the first theory unifying brain, behavior, and psychology, utilizing a reference point of cognitive accuracy and rational bias. The theory integrates the tenets of rational emotive behavior theory and cognitive behavioral...
An Interview with Allen Flagg
ALLEN FLAGG, the president of the New York Society for General Semantics, is 83 years young. He grew up in Ord, Nebraska and went to college at NYU where he majored in math and minored in physics and English. After World War II, Allen worked as...
A Tangibly Intangible Journey: Experiential Learning Via Zen Philosophy & General Semantics
A Cup of Tea Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor...
Bordering on the Impossible
WE HAVE an estimated 12 million illegal aliens here, seeking better opportunities than they could find in Mexico. They are pouring across our ill-defended border with Mexico, at some danger to themselves and some detriment to us, having got to our...
Do You Know Who You Are When You Are?
IF I ASKED YOU who you are, how would you respond? Would you tell me your job or occupation, or that you are a student of education? Often times, one of these two answers seems to be the common response. For example, Tiger Woods is defined as a...
Extensional Orientation and the Energy Problem
LANGUAGE HABITS can outlast the circumstances that produce them. This can impede adaptation to changed circumstances. When homo sapiens was a much less numerous species and when our ability to exploit the resources upon which our lives depend was...
From the Archives
Thirty-Nine Years Ago in ETC, Volume 24, Number 4 RACHEL M. LAUER, "GENERAL SEMANTICS AND THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION" To what extent does our educational system's denial of the need to explore interpersonal relations actually defeat the schools'...
General Semantics in to Kill a Mockingbird
THE WORD "polysemy" is defined as the state of having more than one meaning. It is a well-known phenomenon of perceptions and language that perceptions vary, and that words are multi-ordinal; these characteristics can lead to or permit conscious...
Introduction to Two Papers from Students at Vermont Academy
I WAS FIRST INTRODUCED to general semantics as a graduate student at St. Lawrence University in the 1970s. I was in the army teaching in the ROTC program there. I have been teaching at Vermont Academy since retiring from the army 20 years ago. About...
People in Quandaries: Sixty Years Later
WENDELL JOHNSON worked tirelessly through his life to create understanding of the processes of language and speech production. He developed a university-level course on general semantics, and it became one of the most popular courses at the University...
Steve Inskeep Interviews Harper's Editor Lewis Lapham
December 26, 2005 from Morning Edition STEVE INSKEEP, host: During this final week of the year, here's how we're marking the passage of time. We have a series of conversations we call the Long View. People of long experience can help us look...
Together Alone
TELEVISION seems simple. It seems so direct. Our experience of watching television is so easy. Yet many of us have realized the experience brought to us by television is very complex. For example, last night I watched a baseball game on television....
Using Sociodrama to Improve Communication and Understanding
SOCIODRAMA WAS FOUNDED by a young doctor, Jacob Moreno, in response to the upheaval and horror of World War I. Moreno worked in a children's hospital and in refugee camps in Vienna. Drawing on each person's potential to be spontaneous and creative,...