et Cetera

A quarterly journal of artistic essays and art criticism.

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 4, October

"Abstinence-Only" - a Gs Analysis
THE VALUE OF general semantics is that it can examine issues dispassionately, regardless of their substantive content. Substantive matters can be discussed on their own merits; general semantics provides a cohesive analysis of the thought processes that...
Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life
Niles Eldredge. Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life. New York: Norton, 2005.Charles Darwin was born in 1809 and today, almost 200 after his birth, he continues to be a towering figure in Western culture, having inspired scientific advancement, intellectual...
Do Animals Think?
Clive D.L. Wynne. Do Animals Think? Princeton, NJ: 2004.In comparing humans with animals, psychology professor Clive D.L. Wynne, proposes a sandwich analogy. It looks like this:The bottom layer of the sandwich is a layer of dissimilarity, based on the...
Excerpts from Etc
(ProQuest Information and Learning: ... denotes formula omitted.)Between 1989 and 2006 Johns ton wrote more than 50 articles and short stories for ETC. The following excerpts were selected by Nora Miller in recognition of Johnston s retirement as Editor.From:...
On Bullshit
Harry G. Frankfurt. On Bullshit, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2005.Many people are rather confident of their ability to recognize BS and to avoid being taken in by it. Thus, the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern....
On the Recentness of What We Know
THE OTHER NIGHT I took the dogs for a walk in the pasture. It was a cloudless evening with low humidity, a rare event in this damp, northeastern summer. I always look up at the stars when I'm outside in the dark, but all too often, even here in the country,...
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