Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

In This Issue

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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 to the latest production methods. An old feature, Dates and Indexes, returns with new vigor, providing a place to share letters to the editor, news from and about members and local organizations, anecdotes, etc.

We feature two special gatherings, one near the old home of the Institute, and one near the new home. The New York Society for General Semantics held its People in Quandaries Symposium in September, honoring the 60th anniversary of Wendell Johnson's classic exploration of general semantics. In October, the Institute held its 2006 International Conference: Making Sense in Arlington, Texas. Both enjoyed enthusiastic attendance. From the NYSGS symposium, we include the keynote address, General Semantics, Terrorism and War, given by former FCC Commissioner, Nicholas Johnson. From the International Conference, we select Bob Eddy's presentation on Making Sense Constructively.

A new contributor, Ben Hauck, discovers the responsibilities and rewards of recording events in A Tangible Experience of Time-Binding. Another new contributor, Loel Burket Shuler, wonders if Maybe Our Times were the Best Times in a memoir on her college years at Olivet, where, she discovered only recently, she had learned general semantics by living it.

Returning to the general semantics world after many years away, David Linwood offers his first-hand insights into Korzybski's early years at the Institute, in the first of a four-part serial, That was by My Other Mother. …

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