et Cetera

A quarterly journal of artistic essays and art criticism.

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 4, Winter

Consciousness of Projection in Composition and Literature
IN MY FRESHMAN composition classes at Wiley College, as I begin the Descriptive Essay Unit, I usually repeat a maxim first uttered to me by my eighth grade English teacher, the late Helen Bornemann, "SDT, SDT, Show Don't Tell, Show Don't Tell." Applied...
Egad! Another E-Mail: Using E-Mail Sensibly
WORDS ON THE LINE HAVE You SAT on the receiving end of an e-mail with a recipient list running as long as your local highway? Have you then struggled through its overlong, cryptic prose and twisted logic only to realize you have received a message whose...
Fifty Years Ago in ETC: Retrospect
Our readers will recall the Special Issue on Metalinguistics, ETC., IX, 161-240 (Spring 1952), which was entirely devoted to matters pertaining to those aspects of language which seem to mould the patterns of thought. The response to that issue was so...
Glimpse: Winter 2002-2003
A brief look at things for people interested in general semantics. "Facts as we see them are little more than quick glimpses of a ceaseless transformation ..." - Wendell Johnson, People in Quandaries Find more at http://glimpse.blogspot.com Synonyms,...
Lobos
Excerpt from 2 Kill or Not to Kill FRIDAY MORNING began routinely. Raven rose early, turned on the coffee maker and the classical music station, brought in his two newspapers from the top of his sloping driveway, scrambled two eggs, and sat down to read...
Not a Desktop, Not a Metaphor
FOR YEARS we have heard of the "desktop metaphor." It is the basis for the graphical user interface, or gui, between computers and users. The desktop metaphor has a colorful history. It was invented at Xerox Parc, but the Xerox corporation never marketed...
Reflections on Fanaticism
The distinguishing characteristic of the fanatic is his highly simplified and rigidly held view of social reality. He casts aside the complex and unintegrated beliefs about causality which others use to make rough sense out of their world, in favor of...
Sapir-Whorf-Hypothesis Redux
News & Notes directs the reader's attention to the November 30, 2002, issue of the British Magazine New Scientist which features Alison Motlux's article "You Are What You Speak" (sic). Her report begins provocatively: Does the language you speak...
Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems - Advice from Those Who Succeeded
Anne M. Fletcher. Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems - Advice From Those Who Succeeded. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. Sober for Good, by the best-selling author and health journalist Anne M. Fletcher, is an important, myth-shattering...
The Drug Problem: A New View Using the General Semantics Approach
Martin H. Levinson. The Drug Problem: A New View Using the General Semantics Approach. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2002. Congratulations to Martin H. Levinson, Ph.D., who has devoted his career to drug education and prevention, for forthrightly...
The Firefly Visual Dictionary
The Firefly Visual Dictionary. Willowdale, Ontario, Canada: Firefly Books, 2002. A visual dictionary contains numerous pictures of items with their component parts labeled with the proper names for such parts. The Firefly Visual Dictionary is similar...
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
Andrew Solomon. The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression. New York: Scribner, 2001. Andrew Solomon, in this well-documented, comprehensive book, offers a compellingly readable analysis and description of depression - a disease that is the leading cause...
The Structural Differential Diagram
Part I INTRODUCTION Time-Binding In 1921, Alfred Korzybski, a Polish-American trained in mathematics and engineering, published Manhood of Humanity. In this book he held that humanity is a class of life distinctly different from animals because only...
Three Voices
Refereed Paper The Mathsemantic Monitor* To THE BEST of our knowledge, what follows constitutes the first time that an English professor and a mathematics professor, let alone a business consultant, have publicly pooled their talents in an effort to...
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