ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 2, Summer

AT A LOSS FOR WORDS: The Desperate World of Adult Non-Readers
MARTHA MCKINNEY [*] I HAVE SPENT my life surrounded by readers. The people I know and spend time with have no trouble finding the correct mental file folder in which to put a new concept. When they encounter a new word, they run for the dictionary,...
Communication Seminar in Walnut Creek
NORA MILLER [*] ON THE FIRST WEEKEND in May, 2001, I attended a seminar on Business Communication and Intercultural Communication presented by ISGS President Dr. Charles Russell in Walnut Creek, California. The International Society for General...
Fifty Years Ago in Etc
It may seem curious that a person whose whole professional effort is devoted to psychotherapy should be interested in problems of communication. What relationship is there between providing therapeutic help to individuals with emotional maladjustments...
Glimpse: 1977-1987
In 1977, Russell Joyner, then Executive Director of ISGS, had an idea for a new kind of general semantics publication. He wanted to produce a short, easy-to-read newsletter that used stories from the media to illustrate the meaning and use of various...
Glimpse 2001
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...
In This Issue
general semantics n pl but sing or pi in constr (1933): a doctrine and educational discipline intended to improve habits of response of human beings to their environment and one another esp. by training in the more critical use of words and other symbols...
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Travels in China and Japan ETC author, lecturer, therapist, and trainer Dr. Risa Kaparo traveled to China with her daughter, Deanna, last October. Dr. Kaparo lectured on the system of Somalogics[SM] to the faculty at Dalien Medical School. They...
Nerds? or Nuts? Pop Culture Portrayals of Mathematicians
CARMEN M. LATTERELL [*] WHEN YOU THINK OF A MATHEMATICIAN, what image comes to mind? Come on, now, be honest! Do you picture a highly intelligent person? Do you picture a nerd? Do you envision a man, or do you see a woman? Popular culture presents...
Philosophical Practitioner Will Present the 2001 Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture
Dr. Lou Marinoff, author of the popular philosophical practice selfhelp book, Plato, Not Prozac will present the next Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture on November 9, 2001, in New York City, sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics. The title...
Some Basic Ideas of General Semantics
Introduction Definition GENERAL SEMANTICS can be defined in many ways. But certainly there is emphasis upon applying modern concepts of science to our skills of processing experiences. Improved human relations and better mental health, as well...
Swallows Return to Capistrano, Sort Of
THERE'S A LONGTIME well-established image that sky-darkening hordes of swallows descend on Mission San Juan Capistrano in California every St. Joseph's Day in March after a 7,000 mile flight from their winter home in Argentina. That image was reinforced...
Television as a Deep Metaphor in Deconstruction
RAYMOND GOZZI, JR. [*] Deconstruction was one of academe's biggest hits of the 1980s. It caused torpid professors all over the academy to sit up and take notice. It generated apologetics and explications in vast quantities. Its superstar spokesperson,...
THE AIMS AND TASKS OF GENERAL SEMANTICS: Implications of the Time-Binding Theory
S. I. HAYAKAWA [*] PART II IN ORDER TO make clear what I mean by the scientific orientation, let me contrast it with some of the prescientific and antiscientific orientations. If people do not have the attitudes of an earnest desire for agreement,...
The Pain in Sprain
BRUCE I. KODISH [*] WHY DOES IT HURT? That's probably a question many people ask themselves when they suffer from back, neck or other pain. In some ways it's not a very useful question to consider for very long since the 'why' often implies a kind...
"THIS IS LIKE DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN" - Eight Types of Tautology
MICHAEL MOORE [*] THOUGH INTRODUCED into propositional calculus at the end of the 19th century by the American logician Charles Peirce, tautology (literally "the same word") had its place among the better-known errors of rhetoric as early as the...
What's Cooking?
BILL BRYSON [*] GOING TO A RESTAURANT is generally a discouraging experience for me because I always manage somehow to antagonize the waitress. This, of course, is something you never want to do because waitresses are among the relatively small...
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudo-Science, Superstition, and Bogus Notions of Our Time
Michael Shermer. Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudo-Science, Superstition, and Bogus Notions of Our Time. New York: MJF Books, 1997. The answer to why people believe weird things is spelled out in chapter three of this book, titled "How Thinking...
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