et Cetera

A quarterly journal of artistic essays and art criticism.

Articles from Vol. 73, No. 3, July

A Turn of a Phrase
a turn of a phrasecan go on for daysit's a merry-go-roundof meaning and sounda turn of a phraseis a spinning topit can make you dizzy'til it comes to a stopa turn of a phraseis a Hanukah dreidelit won't stand for longit's fundamentally unstablea turn...
COPYING ANIMALS IN OUR NERVOUS PROCESSES: WITH POSSmLE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE EVOLUTION OF PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS
In a two-year study of white-faced monkeys (Cebus capucinus) in caged groups by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Barro Colorado Island, Panama, I found that the monkeys frequently exhibited peculiar, highly individual repetitive behavior...
Dating General Semantics
The general semantics dating device, attaching dates to our evaluations, is meant to remind us that things are constantly changing and the world is in flux. With that in mind, and to provide context for what is going on with GS today, this article uses...
General Semantics and Worker Supervision: A Case Study
During the 1990s and "the aughts," I was the director of PROJECT SHARE, a New York City school-based drug prevention program. In that job, I used the formulations of general semantics (GS) to help Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Specialists...
In Defense of the Athenian Way: Neil Postman and Eric Hoffers' Arguments regarding Aesthetic Creativity
In the work A Preface to Plato, Eric Havelock (1963) asserts that our contemporary understanding of the Muse, as divine inspiration to beauty, involves a mischaracterization. Rather than a metaphysical spiritual transfiguration conferred as a gift, the...
Letter from the Editor
EpigraphPoetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.-Allen Ginsberg, from Ginsberg: A BiographyIn an advertising blurb...
News and Notes
The 65th Annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture/symposium was held A on October 27-29 at the Princeton Club in New York City. Professor Terence P. Moran gave the featured presentation at the event, a talk titled Politics 2017: Crazy Talk, Stupid Talk....
Oceanic Gyres, Grammatical Gyres: What We Do Not Know That Has Hurt Us
If circumstances lead me, I will findWhere truth is hid, though it were hid indeedWithin the centre. (Polonius, Hamlet 2.2.154-6)An ecological disaster of the highest magnitude has visited itself on us: Virtually every single major ocean on Earth now...
Peripheral Vision: Remagining Marginality
Marginality-a rich concept that has wide applicability and, in one way or another, may resonate with each one of us. As a social psychologist, I am interested, empirically, in the phenomenological experience of those who occupy marginal positions. More...
The World as Process
The world is made up of things: rocks, tables, dogs, people, and stars. Nothing is more fundamental in our experience than this perception. It's in our language with words for all these and many more.We know of process and change, too. But we know of...
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