ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 68, No. 2, April

Contributions to General Semantics from Charles Morris: An Abstraction
"When I asked Einstein whether he could generalize his theory of relativity to metaphysics," noted Charles Morris to me in a face-to-face interview on August 18, 1973, "Einstein reminded me he was but a physicist" (Fiordo, 1973). Pressured intellectually...
Difficulties in Learning to Apply General Semantics: Transcript of a Recording of Alfred Korzybski
CHARLOTTE SCHUCHARDT (1) It is Sunday afternoon, October 19, 1947, in Lime Rock, Connecticut, in the office of Alfred Korzybski. He is now talking with Kenneth Keyes (2) on difficulties in learning to apply general semantics. ALFRED KORZYBSKI...
Gilles Deleuze and Minor Rhetoric
Language is not life; it gives life orders. Life does not speak; it listens and waits. --Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari (1) The target ... is ... to refuse what we are. We have to imagine and to build up what we could be We have to promote...
Indexing and Dating America's "Worst" Presidents
Sean Wilentz, a Princeton University history professor, Bancroft prizewinner, and contributing editor to The New Republic, said during George W. Bush's second presidential term that, "George W. Bush's presidency appears headed for colossal historical...
Introduction to "Difficulties in Learning to Apply General Semantics"
In June 2010, my visit to the Institute of General Semantics in Fort Worth, Texas, uncovered a three-album vinyl recording titled Difficulties in Learning to Apply General Semantics. According to the labels, the recording was of Alfred Korzybski, the...
Love as a Metaphor
"Love" is a very big word. It is also one of the most confusing words. It can mean many different things. When you say you "love" someone, what are you really saying? When the other person replies that they "love" you too, do they mean the same thing?...
Remembrance: Loel Shuler
If you find yourself searching for a way to describe the benefits of an early education in general semantics. I offer two words that sum it up for me: Loel Shuler. Loel died in January, just after her 89th birthday. The light of the world is a little...
Semantic Reactions to Irony
General Semantics, from its very beginnings, has concerned itself with semantic reactions. One scholar, in fact, has gone so far as to define General Semantics as "the study of semantic reactions, or more clearly, ... the study of reactions to language"...
The Meaning of "Independent Woman" in Music
Introduction Rapper Roxanne Shante's 1989 rendition of "Independent Woman," explored relationships and admonished women not to dote on partners who do not reciprocate or to buy into the fairytale dream that a man would always take care of them....
The Semantic Dimensions of an International Story: The Ehime Maru Incident
This year marks the tenth anniversary of a major international incident involving the governments of the United States and Japan, which remains vivid today, especially in Japan. The incident and its aftermath was one of the top stories of 2001; it...
Three Hundred Eighteen
Contemporaries said about Srinivasa Ramanujan, the legendary Indian mathematician, that "every number was his friend". In an often-told anecdote, the prominent English mathematician G. H. Hardy presented Ramanujan with the "rather dull number" of his...
Who Is Driving?
Food for thought: If Eve had not shown up would Adam need a language? Can you have the Big Bang without energy? Can you have gravity without mass? Can you have potential energy without kinetic energy? Can you have you without me? ...

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