ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 4, Winter

D. David Bourland, Jr. 1928-2000
Delphus David Bourland, Jr., President of ISGS since 1998, died at age 72 on October 12, 2000, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Services took place on October 16 at the Owens & Brumley Funeral Home Chapel in Wichita Falls with the Rev. Robert Replogle...
E- Consciousness
PAUL DENNITHORNE JOHNSTON [*] THE EDITORS OF THESE CHRONICLES must confess to employing a rather tawdry cinematic cliche. Although the cinema has been superseded by the holocaster with its multiplicity of sensory experiences, it was the glorious...
Fifty Years Ago in Etc
General semantics is also concerned with the science of man. Its special contribution is toward the study of the evaluative behavior of man. The most crucial and distinctive component of man s evaluative behavior is the neurolinguistic (symbolic) process....
General Semantics -- Future Directions
RACHEL M. LAUER [*] I SEE OUR using general-semantics formulations primarily in the service of education; that is, in supporting an educational revolution that is now on the horizon. Education sparks much debate today among American politicians,...
Gen-Spec
THE MATHSEMANTIC MONITOR [*] ONCE UPON A TIME there was a country with two languages, a general language, Gen, and a specialized language, Spec (rhymes with peck). Almost all adults in the country used both Gen and Spec to some degree. Most people...
LIVING & LEARNING: Talking with One of the Creators
PAUL GLOBUS [*] MORE THAN 47 years have past since my parents, Leo and Helen Globus, created the songs for children known as "Living & Learning." Many families still own the 10-inch long-playing record. Today, as an audio cassette, the recording...
Membership Page
Attended Dinner, Did Not Eat Rex Monahan, of Sterling, Colorado, wrote to us recently: At D. David Bourland Jr.'s request, the following is an attempt to recall my impressions of Alfred Korzybski whom I met at Denver University in July 1949....
Metaphor as Superimposition
RAYMOND GOZZI JR. [*] I WAS IN A MOTEL room recently and noticed a small, whitish spot on the rug, near the wall. The spot had a number of thin lines coming out from it. Immediately, I saw it as a bug of some sort, perhaps on its back with its legs...
Steve Allen 1921-2000
Steve Allen, pioneering television entertainer, producer, song writer, author of over 50 books, and longtime member of ISGS, died in October 2000. His general-semantics related activities included participation in an Institute of General Semantics...
The Bear Facts of Time-Binding?
GREGORY SAWIN [*] AN ARTICLE IN The Wall Street Journal [1] reported that bears in California's Yosemite National Park prefer Hondas and Toyotas for late-night snacks. In 1998, black bears were guilty of "car clouting"; they broke into 1,103 vehicles....
The Legal Turn of Mind
PAUL GLOBUS [*] In Shakespeare's Henry VI, a character suggests, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." I wouldn't go that far, but there's no denying that the number of lawyers in society is excessive. Take politics, for example....
The Relativity of International Travel
GREGG HOFFMANN [*] WE LEFT HAWAII at 12:30 a.m. on Monday and arrived in Sydney at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Did we really fly for more than 24 hours? Of course not. Depending on whether you travel west or east, crossing the International Date Line...
Word Blocks Help Students Learn to Write Sentences
ROBERT IAN SCOTT [*] INTRODUCTION In 1957, Dr. Robert Ian Scott began teaching the grammar these blocks embody: Subject, Verb, Object, Qualifier (SVOQ). To help students learn to write a clear and informative English, Dr. Scott devised some questions...