ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 4, October

Anonymous Intimacy
MASS MEDIA offer us a strange experience where we see and hear various intimate details about the lives of people we do not know. For example, as I write this, the trial of Michael Jackson is going on. I am not following the trial closely, but I cannot...
Charlotte Schuchardt Read on Sensory Awareness
Excerpts from an interview by Louise Boedeker in New York City on April 11,1999. For more, go to www.learn-gs.org/library/csr-sensory.htm. Charlotte Read: At the seminars of general semantics Korzybski insisted that everyone should become relaxed,...
Comprehension
I. I HAVE DETECTED an idea running rampant in the world to the effect that people can actually understand things. Our training inculcates this idea in us, and our language is structured in such a way as to almost ordain that the notion be one of...
Excerpts from the IGS Message Board - Learning GS Topics, Metaphors
The following edited excerpts come from a recent conversation on the IGS message board. If you haven't joined the board yet, you might want to think about doing so now. Those of us who participate in these conversations find the topics varied, stimulating...
Fifty Years Ago in ETC
From the title of Professor Bossard's book, [The Sociology of Child Development,] one would not expect it to be particularly useful for students of general semantics. However, general semanticists are used to picking up valuable clues and insights...
Korzybski and Bateson: Paradoxes in 'Consciousness of Abstracting'
ALFRED KORZYBSKI maintained that training in "consciousness of abstracting" would lead people beyond the paradoxes of abstraction. Gregory Bateson, on the other hand, argued for the inability to achieve this thoroughly. He writes, "Korzybski was, on...
On the Un-Speakable Objective Level*
THE TERM 'UN-SPEAKABLE' expresses exactly that which we have up to now practically entirely disregarded; namely, that an object or feeling, say, our toothache, is not verbal, is not words. Whatever we may say will not be the objective level, which...
Psycho-Logical Fate and Freedom
ALFRED KORZYBSKI wanted a science of humanity. As the title and subtitle of his 1921 book indicate--Manhood of Humanity: The Science and Art of Human Engineering--this was not a disinterested, academic pursuit. Having suffered and seen the suffering...
Sensory Awareness and Total Functioning*
THE WORK I am going to present to you cannot be identified with any one of the traditional or generally known approaches to human nature and creativity, although its various facets branch out into many of them, for instance, psychology, psychiatry,...
Silent Knight: Protecting Yourself with Silence
IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL spring morning and the radio weatherman promised clear skies, so my wife made a picnic salad from a new recipe and off we went to the "Bach in the Park" concert advertised in the paper. While waiting for the music to start, we...
Symbol Manipulation and Boomerang Spin
July, 2005 THOSE WHO LIVE by manipulating symbols also might find themselves the victims of such manipulation. Karl Rove, White House chief of staff and longtime GOP political adviser, seems to fit in this category. At issue as I write this...
The Scientific Method and Other Bases for Evaluation Procedures
THE PURPOSE of the present work is to provide fundamentals for approaching the task of developing and applying the varied types of evaluation instruments and procedures. In other words, now that we know what evaluation is for, how do we go about it?...
Using General Semantics for Effective Self-Management
IN THE PAST, people had little need to manage their careers; they were born into their stations in life. More recently, people relied on their companies to map their career paths. But times have radically changed--today it is essential that we understand...
Using GS Extensional Devices to Explore Carl Sandburg's Poetry
ALTHOUGH HE BEGAN writing before the birth of general semantics, Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) seems to have been guided by ideas closely related to general semantics formulations, especially those of non-identity, non-allness, self-reflexiveness, and...
When to "Keep Still"*
On Silence WHAT IS ASKED may seem pointless, but the experience of many students of language in its relation to life facts indicates that the procedure is effective. This is a plea for participation. Pinch your finger. Say no words. Notice the...
Zen and the Abstracting Process: The World Turned Upside Down
"TAKE KORZYBSKI's general semantics seminar and you'll find your world turned upside down," said a friend half a century ago. I took her advice and found that her prediction came true. Years later, I read accounts of Zen students experiencing satori,...

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