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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KORZYBSKI WROTE IN SCIENCE & SANITY that "without the consciousness of abstracting, we all become nearly helpless and hopeless semantic victims of a primitive-made language and its underlying structural metaphysics." On our cover this issue we present a work titled "Consciousness as a strange attractor" by Krystyna Laycraft, theoretical physicist and visual artist. Some of us might think that general semantics qualifies as a "strange attractor," since you never know what odd string of circumstances might lead to someone "discovering" general semantics.

In this issue, we introduce Lance Strate, the Institute's new Acting Executive Director. Lance starts off the issue with an Executive Director's Message to the membership. Later in the issue, he inaugurates Poetry Ring, a new feature he will edit which draws on his own writings as well as those of visitors to the Institute's My Space page.

In The Alphabet Versus The Goddess: The Conflict Between Word & Image, Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecturer, Leonard Shlain, presents his thoughts on the fundamental effects that language had on the evolving brains of humans at the dawn of history. For another view of early humans, we reprise an Excerpt from 2001: A Space Odyssey by author and futurist, Arthur C. Clarke, who died March 19, 2008. In honor of his passing, we offer a glimpse into the mind of one of the most popular science fiction writers of all time, in Quotes from Arthur C. Clarke.

Personal experience prompts many writers to share their thoughts on how general semantics can change and improve how we do our jobs or express our thoughts. Writing teacher Tim Lyons has found some answers to Why Johnny Has Difficulty Making His Point: General Semantics, Critical Thinking, and Student Writing. In Arts Reporting and the Gradation of Abstraction, arts journalist and musician, Domenica Bongiovanni, considers how general semantics has enhanced has enhanced her ability to convey abstract classical music events to the general public. Communications professors, Maurine Eckloff and Nanette Hogg, draw on their extensive presentation experience to provide a general semantics take on Mapping Instruction with Media.

General semantics provides a useful foundation for examining all forms of media. Gary Mielo and James Rawlins, professors of English at Sussex County Community College, came across a video on You Tube they consider an important example of Misunderstanding Media: a Blurry "Vision of Students Today. …

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