ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 3, Fall

E-Prime, Briefly: A Lawyer's Experiment with Writing in E-Prime
"Most lawyers (contrary to the popular view) actually understand the importance of well-developed communication skills in getting the work of a lawyer done efficiently and effectively." ********** I WORK as a lawyer. That means I work as a professional...
Fifty Years Ago in ETC
Philosophical controversy is a historical fact. It is a mistake to believe that philosophical differences of opinion exist only at the level of conscious and deliberate controversies waged by professional philosophers. Ideas originated by philosophers...
General Semantics: A General Theory of Evaluation
"Human evaluational (or semantic) reactions provide the basic unit of study for general semantics." ********** Some people think of general semantics (GS) as being "just about words," but in fact it involves much more. Although concern with words...
Medusa Messages
Medusa messages destroy the communication process, and especially the relationship between those communicating. ********** IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY, Medusa was a young woman who dared to compete in beauty with the goddess Athena. For her presumption...
Profile: Milton Dawes
A fascination with the stars over Jamaica led Milton Dawes to discover general semantics. "One night while engaged in my usual stargazing, I saw a star, Canopus in the constellation Carina, that I found so beautiful to look at--it was like a diamond...
Reflections on Self-Reflexiveness in Literature
SELF-REFLEXIVENESS, the human ability to pay attention to what we pay attention to by moving to a higher order of abstracting, our power to develop a detached almost third-person perspective about a Cast-person perspective, I consider one of the most...
Seeking Closure
THE PHRASE "seeking closure" has become widely used without being widely noticed. And the phrase is "seeking" closure, not "searching for" closure, "looking for" closure, or "finding" closure. I felt sure this is a metaphor, but didn't know for what....
Signal Problems
In general semantics, signal behavior is immediate, unconditional behavior--in other words a "knee-jerk reaction. "Alternatively, symbol behavior is conditional behavior which engages our higher brain processes, enabling us to act in a more rational...
"Structuring" to Make Sense of Our World
This map, this live picture of a portion of the ongoing world of processes, is not of the same order of existence as the territory, as the world of processes itself. It is something different, something brought into existence by our own activity. ...
The Institute and the Society: A Self-Reflexive Assessment of Two Organizations, One Discipline
"Almost from the beginning, confusion arose regarding the two 'official' GS organizations that operated independently out of two separate offices in Chicago. " ********** THIS YEAR marks three noteworthy anniversaries within the community of...
Towards a Non-Aristotelian Epistemology of Science
"Perhaps the one point of agreement among philosophers of science lies in the consensus of belief that the traditional 'scientific method' as outlined in many introductory science textbooks seems incorrect and defective." 1. Introduction PHILOSOPHERS...
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