ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 2, April

A Word by Any Other Name
WORDS HAVE BEEN in the news a lot lately. Of course, one could make the argument that what we call "the news" is nothing but words. We hear and read about "the news" in the words that are handed to us by others. Even when we view wordless videos...
Beyond the Rectangle
I'VE BEEN PAINTING for over seventeen years. I started studying art after receiving a business and communications degree and while working professionally. I'm very committed to creating and have always made the time for and done artwork while working...
Communication as Making Music
PEOPLE ARE in communication when they are in each other's perceptual field. I have argued that communication is ongoing, the normal state of affairs, when people are in each others' presence. This communication may be shallow, if people are not paying...
Correspondence: To Be or Not to Be
Sirs: In Korzybski's Science and Sanity it is pointed out that the verb "to be" is at the root of much of our neurosemantic psychopathology. The "is" of predication is peculiar to almost all major European languages. It does not, however, exist in...
God (or Not), Physics and, of Course, Love: Scientists Take a Leap
"WHAT DO YOU believe is true even though you cannot prove it?" This was the question posed to scientists, futurists and other creative thinkers by John Brockman, a literary agent and publisher of The Edge, a Web site devoted to science. The site...
Integrating Psychology and Mathematics Via Art: The "Impressionism Project"
STUDENTS LEARN BETTER when they relate their lessons to their own experiences. According to the Ohio Department of Education's recently adopted Academic Content Standards for Social Studies: Learning is enhanced when students make meaningful connections...
Language for the Living
WORDS CAN BE STUDIED in many different ways. How does a language develop? How does English differ from Aramaic or Sanskrit? What are the peculiar features of the structure of our language? Why bother with grammar? How can words be put together so that...
Mapping the Causes of World War I to Avoid Armageddon Today
Most Americans did not experience the tremendous upset that World War I caused in Europe. Korzybski had experienced the debacle of the Eastern Front, with its devastation of Poland and parts of Russia. He brought this memory with him when the...
Rhetoric of Bush Speeches: Purr Words and Snarl Words
PRESIDENT George W. Bush has, to put it in terms used by S.I. Hayakawa, learned to purr when some of his policies might make opponents snarl. Hayakawa wrote about the use of purr words, terms that make people feel good about the subject being addressed...
Social Darwinism and the Language of Racial Oppression: Australia's Stolen Generations
Introduction THE LONG HISTORY of racial oppression in Australia has until recently been ignored almost entirely by historians and the public alike inside Australia as well as around the world. The history of the 19th and 20th centuries provides...
The Deleterious Effects of Negative Time-Binding
WHEN DISCUSSING Alfred Korzybski's assertion that time-binding is the unique characteristic that differentiates humans from other living organisms, Robert Pula often cautioned his students about the deleterious effects of negative time-binding--the...
Thinking Inside the Frame
ONE OF THE few bright spots for me in the recent presidential election ordeal came when I first read about framing in a UC Berkeley News interview with George Lakoff. (Powell, 2003) The information didn't change the outcome of any race, as far as I...
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