Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

In This Issue

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

In This Issue

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CONTINUING last issue's theme of new and old, this issue features a broad range of authors, from one writer who started with the subject in the early days of ETC to a handful of high school students just starting out on the journey of learning about general semantics. They offer an equally broad range of perspectives on how general semantics can make sense of the world.

John Bohannon's classes at Vermont Academy reads ETC articles along with their regular texts every year. Students then use the lens of general semantics to evaluate the underlying themes in various selections from literature. Cassie Howe asks the question Yes or No? The Reality of Black and White Thinking; Alex McGuinnis discusses Allness in Language and Politics; Millicent Shek offers A Reflection on Labels and Conditioning; Rob Welch compares Rough Statements and Fuzzy Logic; and Sasha Yakoleff considers differing maps and territories in One History.

Certified General Semantics teacher David Hewson, of Sydney, Australia, offers a mathematician's analysis of how we think about groups, in Identity, Non-Identity, and then What? New Formulations for Fighting Ageism, Racism, and Sexism, etc. For a very different point of view on a related subject, PhD candidate Melanie Brooks, from Florida State University, considers how general semantics might make an important difference in the lives of one particular group in Charting the False Maps of Australian Aboriginal Education: Rethinking Education Policy from a General Semantics Perspective.

Students of general semantics, whether just starting out or after many years of study, sometimes run into the question, "What is general semantics?" IGS Trustee and long-time general semantics lecturer, Milton Dawes, has pondered that question and offers his abstractions on the subject in As I See It: A Personal Overview of General Semantics. …

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