ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 1, Spring

A General Semantics Glossary (Part 6)
identity/non-identity. I have used the word "central" to describe most of the korzybskian terms I have presented so far in this glossary. That's how it goes in a system, a neuro-linguistic cohort, where every defining term is directly related to all...
An Episode of Flaming: A Creative Narrative
Introduction YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ a creative narrative. A creative narrative according to Brown & McMillan (1991), tells "a story that is factual in content, but uses fiction writing techniques, including plot, scene and characters". The techniqu...
Critical Analyses of Social Issues
I DEVELOPED a mid-term group assignment in which students apply certain general semantics formulations to a disciplined analysis of a social issue. This activity demonstrates how using general semantics as an analytical tool can increase awareness and...
Education for Survival: Helping Humans to Be More Human
I ASKED MY GRANDDAUGHTER'S second grade enrichment class, "Who made it possible for you to be here today?" Several hands shot up. They started with the obvious: "Mom woke me up." "Dad drove me to school." "Mom and dad -- it takes two to make a baby."...
How Language Collectives Compromise Journalistic Accuracy
JOURNALISTS, despite their cherished notions of objectivity, still find themselves constrained to using language. And if general semanticists agree on anything, they agree that language intertwines with the culture and experience of its users and becomes...
How to Think Superstitiously
ON THE WAY to my astrologer, I turned left to escape a black cat, then crossed the street to avoid walking under a ladder. I rubbed my lucky rabbit's foot, crossed my fingers, and took the elevator up thirteen flights to the fourteenth floor. Passing...
Interview with Stephen Brookfield
Stephen Brookfield, presently Distinguished Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, was educated in England. He received his B. A. in History and Politics from Coventry University, his M....
ISGS Goes on Line
ISGS has begun operating its own computer bulletin board system, sometimes called a BBS. The following may answer some of your questions about this form o electronic communication. What does a computer bulletin board do? A computer bulletin board allows...
Korzybski Memorial Lecture and Colloquium
AN EDUCATION that includes general semantics and critical thinking can help an individual wade through the flood of doublespeak and propaganda that surrounds us. That seemed to be the consensus among those who participated in the 42nd annual Alfred...
Language and Labels - How We Describe Ourselves
OVER MANY YEARS Of teaching general semantics to high school students, I have found the following small group exercise very successful in engaging the interest of these highly active though self-conscious and self-centered adolescents. These group tasks...
Millions-Billions
"LAST YEAR," stated Carroll Bogert from Moscow in the June 21, 1993, issue of Newsweek, "nearly 2.6 billion passengers rode the Moscow subway." The Mathsemantic Monitor enjoyed the rest of the article, "What's Right With Russia," subtitled "Amid the...
No Laughing Matter: Eight Scholars in Search of a Joke
THERE ARE MANY WAYS to analyze a joke, each of which is tied to the perspective of the person making the analysis. To demonstrate this, I will offer a joke and then present eight different interpretations of the joke, each one derived from a particular...
On the Use of Quotation Marks
I HAVE FOUND in formal writings that philosophers, linguists, and mathematician share a very specific convention regarding the use of single quotation marks -- one that differs from the conventions adopted by the General Semantics Bulletin |See Addendum...
Structure: The Intellectual's Metaphor
I REMEMBER WHEN the metaphor of "structure" arrived across the ocean from France. I became aware of it in the late 1960s, from remarks from professors wh dismissed it, and from books displayed in the new books sections of bookstores where intellectuals...

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