Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Dates and Indexes

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Dates and Indexes

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Fifty years ago, ETC included a regular feature titled "Dates and Indexes" devoted to notes about local chapters and individual members, excerpts from letters, and significant clips from the news. With this issue, we reintroduce this feature as a way to draw our general semantics community closer, and perhaps push its boundaries just a bit at the same time. We welcome contributions and suggestions.

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Elsewhere in this issue, you can read a report on the symposium held by the New York Society for General Semantics. New trustee Ben Hauck has recently upgraded the Society's website, located at http://www.nysgs.org, to provide more up-to-date information about their upcoming events.

On the opposite coast, the San Francisco Society of General Semantics meets monthly and enjoys a regular attendance of members. Meetings usually start with one or more speakers, followed by a discussion of related topics. October's meeting featured a short discussion by Jeremy Klein on how Lakoff's framing and metaphorical notions had penetrated into areas where the cognitive ambitions of general semantics (summarized as "producing consciousness of abstracting") have yet to reach. Robert Wanderer, long time editor of THE MAP, the organization's newsletter and calendar, spoke about becoming aware of the usually unrecognized assumptions existing in the language we use everyday, and how such awareness would help us form more realistic belief systems. Michael Ponting, a student of U.S. Old West history, pointed out that the symbol is not the "thing," that a 21st Century "sheriff" can lead a "posse" not just of lawmen but of historians belonging to an Old West historical association, and that the world may appear differently to a "geographer" and an "artist" to the benefit of both. …

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