ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 2, Summer

A General Semantics Glossary
Korzybski's Structural Differential with variations. We have come to the end of our General Semantics Glossary. Not to the end of formulations that could be included. Surely not to the end of what could be said about korzybskian general-semantics. Just...
Ethics: A General Semantics Perspective
Introduction Issues such as abortion, euthanasia, informed consent, and genetic control have become more pressing as the technology of medicine has achieved greater effectiveness and power. In response to this, the field of medical ethics has evolved....
How to Win the "Drug Lord" War: Stop Romanticizing
Recently I'd had the impression that the news media were gradually phasing out the romantic, respectful words they had used to describe rich thugs in the drug trade: lords, barons, kingpins, masterminds, etc. In The Wall Street Journal of October 13,...
Ishmael and General Semantics Theory
I closed my eyes and shook my head. "Ishmael," I said, "you're really confusing me." "Good. That's progress. I must make you stumble over your cultural taboos. I know of no other way to break down the way you've been conditioned to respond to words....
Is Language a Game?
Is language a game? Can a metaphor - a part of language encompass the whole? The game metaphor for describing language has an interesting double life. In one incarnation, it is discussed in philosophy, sanctioned by the authorship of Ludwig Wittgenstein....
Number-English: A Dictionary (A-Alg)
When we try to hitch our ordinary language to scientifically correct language, we run into an obstacle I call the hitch hitch. The two languages aren't equal. Their disparity hinders the hitching. Ordinary language comes to us naturally and has great...
The Symbol Eaters (a Chapter from the Clone Chronicles)
Entry in Cyberpaedia Terra Fluxus, 47th Edition. 2290. [sections]4042 The historian should remain invisible. The work should appear scholarly, objective, factual, without bias or opinion. For form's sake, this historian will endeavor to use the language...
They're Stealing Our General Semantics
I discovered general semantics over thirty years ago. I've studied it, trained in it and attempted to apply it ever since. I value g.s. for its practical, mundane usefulness. I tend to find discussions of the academic and theoretical aspects of general...