ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

This quarterly journal provides peer-reviewed articles on topics relating to general semantics.

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 4, Winter

A Brief History of Internet Time. (Metaphors in Action)
RAYMOND GOZZI, JR. (*) The second half of the 1990s experienced a "dot-corn boom" in the stock market and the media. Internet startup companies, with web addresses ending with ".com," were the hot commodity of the day. Fortunes were seemingly waiting...
Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture. (News & Notes)
Dr. Lou Marinoff, author of the popular philosophical practice selfhelp book, Plato, Not Prozac, gave the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture on November 9, 2001, in New York City. The lecture was sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics. Dr....
A Neglected Anniversary. (the Accidental Bathtub Hoax)
H. L. MENCKEN (*) We tend to accept bibliographic and other references as true and correct. They have the authority of "experts," authenticated by print, legitimized by time, often supported by authority established by earlier authorities. Thus...
Educators Using General Semantics. (Education)
Again, it gives us pleasure to provide a directory of educators using general semantics formulations in their courses. Continuing in the tradition established by the late Mary Morain, ISGS VP for Membership, we have attempted to expand the existing...
Fifty Years Ago in Etc. (Retrospect)
Interest in semantics, which received its popular impetus in the late 1930's as a result of anxious inquiry into the nature and effects of propaganda, led serious students ever deeper into the full implications of the fact that man is the talking biped...
General Semantics in Journalism: Introduction
Don Ranly (*) Once before I described on these pages the long history of General Semantics at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. (1) Former Dean Earl English, now deceased, received his doctorate in psychology at the University of...
General Semantics in the Supervision and Staff Development of Drug Prevention Specialists
MARTIN H. LEVINSON, PH.D.(*) I have used the formulations and strategies of general semantics for over fifteen years to assist PROJECT SHARE Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Specialists (SAPIS) to find ways to overcome difficulties and...
[Glimpse.Sup.Winter 2001-2002]
"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 Symbols and their Meanings As a nation, we seem to have settled...
Governor Gerry Would Be Envious. (Illustrating General Semantics)
ROBERT WANDERER (*) We all select bits to notice from the Out There, select related bits from the In Here, and combine them to form a Picture in Our Head that constitutes our version of reality. Along the way we reach certain conclusions about the...
GS Goes to Journalism School. (Special Section)
KRISTIE MCCLANAHAN (*) Wendell Johnson, People in Quandaries JOURNALISM AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD MARYJO SYLWESTER Philip Meyer, a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, proposed journalists adopt scientific...
Koans of Time-Binding
BRIAN H. SPITZBERG, PH.D. (*) Koans evolved as teaching techniques in Asian philosophical and religious training. They suggest paradoxical or irresolvable ideas, puzzles, or queries designed to create enlightenment through the shedding of traditional...
Membership Page
We heard recently from Society member Laurie Cox, President of the Australian Society for General Semantics (AGS), and David Hewson, formerly residing in New Zealand, who now lives in Sydney, Australia. David, an Institute of General Semantics certified...
Opening the Closed Mind: Making Assumptions, Jumping to Conclusions
SANFORD I. BERMAN, PH.D. (*) What Do You Assume? One of the most important questions that we can ask ourselves is, "What am I assuming when I am thinking, talking and behaving?" When we are speaking, listening, thinking, observing, behaving,...
The Word "Is Not" the Bird
NORA MILLER (*) Do you remember a moment when you really "got" the general semantics formulation that "the word is not the thing?" I remember vividly one such experience. I had just spent 30 minutes creeping around under a tree in my back yard,...
The Word "Is" the Thing: The "Kotodama" Belief in Japanese Communication
KAZUYA HARA (*) PART II In modern-day Japanese people's attribution of meaning to their words, they sometimes feel as if a word itself has the power to make something happen. This concept is called kotodama, the superstitious folk belief that...

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