ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 67, No. 1, January

Alfred Korzybski and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
Rational-Emotive-Behavior Therapy (REBT), previously called Rational-Emotive Therapy (RET), is an active-directive, philosophically- and empirically-based psychotherapy that focuses on resolving emotional and behavioral problems and disturbances and...
A Matter of Behavior: A Semantic Analysis of Five Kate Chopin Stories
Though various interpretations of Kate Chopin's short stories have been suggested, no one, to my knowledge, has analyzed her work using the principles, ideas, concepts, etc., of general semantics (GS)--how language, thought, and action are interrelated....
Conscious Time-Binding: Problematizing the Function of Public Intellectuals
Knowledge is a complex concept that cannot be limited to the scope of a definition. It is also a process influenced by and impacting society and culture. Terms that usually appear in conjunction with knowledge are perception, understanding, analysis,...
Developing a Self: A General Semantics Way
Over the years, philosophers, psychoanalysts, psychologists, psychiatrists, and others have asked: Is there such a thing as a self? Does the self exist? What is a self? In the following speculations and generalizations I avoid the controversy and instead...
Language, Space, and Time-And Theory of Mind-Within the Dynamic Brain
On page 194 of his book Constructing a Language: A Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition, Michael Tomasello (2003) opened a figurative can of worms with the following statement and question: A crucial question for any usage-based theory of...
O-Prime, a New Semantic Tool
In the field of general semantics, there is a linguistic technique called E-Prime that involves using English in a way that excludes the use of the verb "to be" and its various forms. The idea underlying this suggests that, in part, the "is" of...
Poetry Ring
General semanticists by and large are well acquainted with the story of how a young engineer from Poland named Alfred Korzybski was horrified by his experiences during the First World War, the first war to use weapons of mass destruction, the war that...
Semantics of Irresponsibility
A little boy comes in from playing in the mud. His mother immediately directs him, "Get into the tub, young man." A few minutes later, she checks on his progress, only to find the bathtub draining tan water, a mud-smeared towel on the bathroom floor,...
The Courage in Clarity: General Semantics in School Leadership Development
[Neil] Postman taught his students that clarity is courage, and that we could achieve clarity by gaining an understanding of language, symbolic form, and technology through the study of general semantics and media ecology. (Strate, 2004, p. 348) ...
The Limits of Rationality: A Meta-Analysis
Unless we swerve, we cannot communicate; there is no direct route to the relationship we call knowledge, scientific or otherwise. Technically, we cannot know, say, or write exactly what we mean. We cannot mean literally; that negative gift is...
The Lunacy of Labels
"We just knew that King and those marchers were going to take over the base," my friend explained. In 1965, she had lived on an air force base just outside of Selma, Alabama, when Martin Luther King's civil rights marchers passed by. Imagine, if...
The Metaphor of Cloud Computing
Every now and again a metaphor floats up from the world of computing that captures people's imaginations and tongues. In the '90s, it was the "information superhighway." In the late '00s. it is "cloud computing." Cloud computing involves sending...
Time-Binding in the Lakota Sun Dance: Oral Tradition and Generational Wisdom
This article discusses time-binding from the point of view of the Lakota Sun Dance tradition, an American Indian spiritual tradition that has endured in the (post)modern United States. The Sun Dance, a renewal ceremony of the Great Plains that was...
What E-Prime "Is Not": A Semiotic Phenomenological Reading
Whatever one might say something "is," it is not. --Alfred Korzybski Oliver Burkeman, in his recent essay, "This Column Will Change Your Life: To Be or Not To Be ...," published in The Guardian (January 2010), honors general semantic (GS) principles...
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