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A quarterly journal of artistic essays and art criticism.

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 2, Summer

A General Semantics Glossary (Part XXII)
ROBERT P. PULA* Korzybski's Structural Differential with variations. We have come to the end of our General Semantics Glossary. Not to the end of formulations that could be included. Surely not to the end of what could be said about korzybskian generalsemantics....
A Pictorial History of Psychology
Wolfgang G. Bringmann, et al., Editors. A Pictorial History of Psychology. Chicago: Quintessence, 1997. In 107 articles by 109 authors from 15 different countries, this volume covers the history of psychology from Greek antiquity to recent developments...
Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem
Simon Singh. Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem. New York: Walker, 1997. Pierre de Fermat, a seventeenth-century French judge who had a gift for math, inspired generations of mathematicians when he left...
Fifty Years Ago in ETC
Communication reduces to the event, both commonplace and awesome, of Mr. A. talking to Mr. B. And most commonplace and strange of all - possibly the most distinctively human occurrence to be found or imagined - is the case in which Mr. A. and Mr. B....
From the President
This time I want to talk to you about our Constitution, Directors of the Society, and your bequests to the International Society for General Semantics. Director Dennis Wile, Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee, reports that he has received...
Hogarth: A Life and a World
Jenny Uglow. Hogarth: A Life and a World. New York: Farrar Straus, 1997. In this well-written eight-hundred page biography you will learn a lot about the artist William Hogarth (1697-1764), who mapped the territory of eighteenth century England with...
Huxley: From Devil's Disciple to Evolution's High Priest
Adrian Desmond. Huxley: From Devil's Disciple to Evolution's High Priest. Reading, Massachusetts. Addison-Wesley, 1997. He was Darwin's biggest booster, tantalizing and tormenting the public with talk of ape ancestors. He coined the term "agnostic" (1869)...
Number-English: A Dictionary ( A-Alg)
THE MATHSEMANTIC MONITOR* WHEN WE TRY to hitch our ordinary language to scientifically correct language, we run into an obstacle I call the hitch hitch. The two languages aren't equal. Their disparity hinders the hitching. Ordinary language comes to...
Sacred Origins of Profound Things: The Stories Behind the Rites and Rituals of the World's Religions
Charles Panati. Sacred Origins of Profound Things: The Stories Behind the Rites and Rituals of the World's Religions. New York: Penguin, 1996. Charles Panati, a former physicist and a science editor at Newsweek, is the author of thirteen books including...
The Symbol Eaters (A Chapter from the Clone Chronicles)
PAUL DENNTTHORNE JOHNSTON* Entry in Cyberpaedia Terra Fluxus, 47th Edition. 2290. sec4042 THE HISIOiAN should remain invisible. The work should appear scholarly, objective, factual, without bias or opinion. For form's sake, this historian will endeavor...
They're Stealing Our General Semantics!
PETER CHRISTOPHER* I discovered general semantics over thirty years ago. I've studied it, trained in it and attempted to apply it ever since. I value g.s. for its practical, mundane usefulness. I tend to find discussions of the academic and theoretical...
U-Mail, I-Mail-More Effective Business E-Mail
PHILIP VASSALLO* Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. -Francis Bacon, 1625 You're Writing, Not Talking SCROLLING DOWN my "New Mail" window, I identified an e-mail from Cynthia, an important client who is vicepresident...
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