ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 3, July

Developing the Experience of Group Mind
* Adapted from an interactive lecture-seminar for the Mind and Consciousness Seminar Series, co-sponsored by the New York Society for General Semantics, the Institute of General Semantics, the Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and the Media...
Dreams of Completion and an Ancient Solution
All my life I have had an intellectual dream--that all knowledge could be unified into one complete whole. Why could it be unified? Because our lives have underlying patterns, and we can come to know them to some extent. The patterns of our lives are...
Dropping Names
A notable, if somewhat eclectic, group of individuals has crossed paths with general semantics over the years. Here are a few names you might recognize. Other names can be found on the IGS website by clicking on "Archives of Alfred Korzybski Memorial...
Faqs
1. What is general semantics? There are as many different ways to answer this question as there are to respond to "What is psychology?" or "What is behavior?" In fact, there are so many they've been collected into a compendium of definitions that...
From the Archives
Man, since he is a part of the universe, is inevitably involved with causality. As a cognitive part of the universe, he has discovered causality, defined it, and used it as a basis for the construction of an intricate and compelling world of applied...
General Semantics and Emotional Intelligence
IN 1995, DANIEL GOLEMAN, a science reporter for the New York Times, published the international bestseller Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More than IQ. The impetus for the book was an article he chanced upon in a small academic journal by...
Paul Woodruff. the Necessity of Theater: The Art of Watching and Being Watched
Paul Woodruff. The Necessity of Theater: The Art of Watching and Being Watched. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Do we need theater in some fundamental way? Paul Woodruff believes we do. He argues that the art of theater is as necessary...
Poetry Ring
Language, as Korzybski made clear, can be self-reflexive. We can use language to discuss language, and then we can use language to discuss our language about language. This process can escalate with no end in sight. We can make statements about statements,...
Quotations from the World of Null-A
After reading Science and Sanity, A.E. Van Vogt decided to write a work of science fiction titled The World of Null-A, which was published in book form 1948. The volume has since gone on to become an important part of the science fiction literary canon...
Some Personal Observations on "Mind the Gap"
"MIND THE GAP," the words spoken at the underground railway station in London on a loudspeaker repeatedly were clear, loud, slow, and cautionary. Old railway cars were heavy, broad, aligned with platforms, and noisy. New cars were sleek, light, less...
Subprime Abstractions
THE RECENT FINANCIAL LOSSES IN THE U.S. CREDIT MARKET associated with home mortgages have received a great deal of media attention. Among others, Merrill Lynch wrote off $23 billion in assets while Citigroup wrote off $24 billion (Stewart, 2008b)....
The Harlot Meets the General
ONE DAY, a close friend of mine began speaking of general semantics, a discipline with which I was not acquainted. The arguments of its proponents sounded very familiar to me, even though I hadn't heard them expressed in quite that way before. "The...
The Technology of Story and Human Survival as a Species(?)
Note: Parts of this essay were presented for the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Conference 2007 at Fordham University Lincoln Center New York City and for the New York State Communications Association annual conference in Kerhonkson New York 2007. A version...
Treatment for Hardening of the Categories
Comedian Steven Wright was confronted by a friend saying "Your socks don't match!" Steven responded "Yes they do. I was going by thickness." When my current partner, a composer and artist, came to live with me, he immediately started treating my...
Words That Replace Thought
Reprinted with permission from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel LANGUAGE IS INCREDIBLE IMPORTANT. But it is so easily misused, especially when hooked to ideas that somebody is trying to get us to believe in. When crusaders or politicians use loaded...