Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

From the President

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

From the President

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In 1984, Ken G. Johnson introduced me to time-binding and we ('time-binding' and I) exchanged a hearty "howdy." We stayed friendly acquaintances for the next 20 years. But the power of time-binding really had escaped me until now. As I assume the responsibilities of President of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of General Semantics, I recognize, honor, and cherish the people whose work has meant so much to the Institute of General Semantics and the International Society for General Semantics. I feel as if I, like Sir Isaac Newton, have been lifted up to view the future while "standing upon the shoulders of giants."

For 'giants' you may envision the "usual suspects." But, for me, time-binding includes a broader array of characters who have affected my understanding and application of general semantics. For example, I can flip through twenty years of ETCs that sit on my office bookcase and find articles that challenged me, enlightened me, moved me, frustrated me, confused me, irritated me, amused me, taught me, encouraged me, and confronted me--and they each gave me reasons to read more. I can page through my memories and identify people I've interacted with at general semantics seminars, conferences, lectures, at my work place, in and outside of my classrooms, and through phone, e-and-other mail correspondences who have similarly challenged, enlightened ... etc.

My welcome note includes an invitation to the members and participants of this new organizational configuration: expand your time-binding antennae. …

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