ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 3, Fall

Abstractions
A single word can put you on the right track, a second disturbs you, and at the third you panic. With the fourth, utter confusion reigns. The logos once meant action as well; it has become paralysis. What's a word? Whatever is not lived with ardent...
Epistemological Background for Knowing and Naming
WILLIAM J. WILLIAMS [*] "In certain ways, the creation of special subjects of study and division of labor was an important step forward. It enabled us to reduce our difficulties to manageable proportions. Nevertheless, the ability to separate the...
Fifty Years Ago in Etc
Finally, I have a practical suggestion to leave with you, and then I shall be ready to conclude my remarks. I think we can understand the person on the other side of the desk somewhat better if we will develop an ability which the old western cowboys...
Interview
D. DAVID BOURLAND, JR. As this issue goes to press, the editors received word that ISGS President D. David Bourland, Jr., died on October 12, 2000, at his home in Wichita Falls, Texas, of a heart related illness. We extend sympathy to Mr. Bourland's...
Logique a la Francaise
The excerpt on French logic that follows comes from Polly Platt's French or Foe? Getting the Most out of Visiting, Living and Working in France, 2nd ed. (Cincinnati. Krehbiel, 1998), pp. 204-20S. The editors recognize, please understand, that [Frenchman.sub.1]...
Membership Page
Seeking Information We enjoy hearing from our members, including those who have a long-standing interest in general semantics, such as Nora Miller of Oregon, who writes: My study of general semantics started in 1976 when a psychology teacher...
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Thalamic/cortical Pause
ROD GIBSON [*] AS A COUNSELOR and trainee psychotherapist, I've found Korzybski's thalamic/cortical model an excellent introduction to the subject of brain functions, and have used variants on the "thalamic/cortical pause" for treating stress and...
Some Thoughts on the Wwjd? (What Would Jesus Do?) Bracelet
GARDNER GATELEY [*] THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, there are thousands of people, including unknown numbers of children, who wear a small bracelet inscribed with WWJD? ("What Would Jesus Do?"). I became aware of this when my grandson wore one of these...
The Man-Made Millennium
GREGG HOFFMANN [*] NOW THAT the Y2K bug has passed without taking any major bites, the soothsayers have moved on to predictions for the new millennium. Some predict the 21st Century will lead to revolutionary changes in environmental and energy...
The Oedipus Hex
PAUL DENNITHORNE JOHNSTON [*] NOW, AT LONG LAST, the mission to save Earth was truly underway. Dictator Mack E. O'Wally had ordered up the volunteers: the young clone Pang Lawws, Galactic cafe owner Dolly Darling, twin sisters Reggie and Veggie,...
Women in Country Music Videos
JANELLE WILSON [*] "Country music videos offer a space for contemporary female artists to more visually and openly challenge that which their predecessors challenged in their time -- the traditional, confining gender roles that dominant American...
Zombie Computers
RAYMOND GOZZI, JR. [*] SOMETHING STRANGE started happening to the computers at Yahoo!, an Internet portal and search engine company, on Monday morning, Feb. 7, 2000. The huge complex of computers started slowing down. Instead of loading pages in...
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