ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 1, January

An Emergence
George Eliot has carefully observed in her novel Silas Marner that there is many a circulation of the sap inside a tree before the bud finally appears on a branch. The general semantics 'bud' has now appeared and begun to blossom on a South Asian branch...
A New Sort of Man: Balvant K. Parekh
Irving J. Lee related a conversation he had with Alfred Korzybski in which Lee asked, "Now, Alfred, you have been thinking about this stuff for a very long time. Can you tell me, in a nutshell, what are you trying to do? What is the objective of all...
A Postscript
Some time around 1982 I came across a volume of ETC: A Review of General Semantics. I found many articles interesting, enlightening and useful for daily living and growing. Since then I have subscribed to ETC and have also purchased and read books...
Dates and Indexes
NASA Broadcasts Beatles Tune to Universe to Celebrate Anniversaries On February 4, NASA beamed a recording of the Beatles song "Across the Universe" directly into deep space. The event marked the 40th anniversary of the recording of the song, the...
General Semantics in India: An Overview
Last April, I received an email from Mr. B.K. Parekh in Mumbai, India. He wrote to say that, "It was a painful surprise to note from General Semantics Bulletin, No. 72 that I am the only member of Institute of General Semantics in India." He went on...
Inspired by the Language of Music
Alfred Korzybski wrote: "If ... we limit ourselves to verbal "thinking" ... we are unable or unfit to see the outside or world anew ... we handicap scientific and other creative work ... If we think verbally, we act as biased observers and project...
In This Issue
In the general semantics course I teach at Texas Christian University (TCU), we discuss three quotes that deal with different dimensions of perspective. From Cassius J. Keyser: "The present is no more exempt from the sneer of the future than...
National Workshop on General Semantics
General semantics, although unfamiliar to the common man, concerns something that plays a significant role in our daily lives. The Twelfth National Workshop of the Forum for Contemporary Theory, titled "Cognitive Language Skills for Twenty-First Century,"...
Primary Colors (of Misevaluation)
Spectrum: A ray of light traversing through a prism widens into a broadening spectrum of seven colors. Many more colors and shades can be created by mixing them. However, at the root of the entire range of colors there are only three primary colors;...
Proverbs of India
The first and second are Gujarati language proverbs, the third is a Marathi language proverb, the fourth is a quote in Sanskrit language from the Isha Upanishada [stanza 15] a Hindu scripture, and the fifth, again in Sanskrit, is a quote from the Bhagavad...
Report from the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention
Managing the Institute's booth for the annual NCTE convention in New York City was a wonderful experience that not only promoted general semantics to English teachers, but also reminded me why I am excited to be a part of this organization. Jackie...
Retrospect
63 YEARS AGO IN THE LAKEVILLE (CT) JOURNAL SURINDAR SURI, TOWARDS AN AGE OF SCIENCE Reprinted with permission from The Lakeville Journal Company, LLC, copyright 1945-2007. Originally published in 1945. In the words of George Sarton, historian...
(Some) Basic Understandings of General Semantics
Time-binding * Only humans have demonstrated the capability to build on the knowledge of prior generations. Alfred Korzybski referred to this capability as time-binding. * Language serves as the principle tool that facilitates time-binding. ...
Syat Vaada: The Virtue of Openness
One of the most beautiful yet practical teachings of Jainism is Syat Vaada. If one truly practices it, the beauty of it will be revealed as an inner freedom. Syat Vaada says everything is relative and nothing is absolute. Thousands of years before...
"The Alchemist"
In this one life we have, the daily mundane chores keep happening ... it's important to introspect, meditate, and dream ... ABOUT THE ARTIST Shelly Jyoti is a visual and interdisciplinary artist based in Baroda, India. She received her master's...
The Bridge at Neverwas: Closing Remarks at Baroda
Once upon a time there was a beautiful land known as Neverwas. The people who settled in Neverwas loved it, for it provided everything they needed to live and prosper. There were fertile fields for farming, mountains for mining and timber, and a broad...
The Territory Is Not the Territory: Toward a Responsible Epistemology
It soon becomes evident through a brief survey of the "History of Ideas" that philosophical reflections pertaining to language are based on the recognition of two distinct domains, namely, the "world of things" (or the extensional world) and the "world...
Think before You Speak
Our assumptions could lead to major communication problems. Prachi Rege attends a seminar on general semantics, a theory that makes us aware of our behaviour thereby setting a base for effective communication. The daily experiences that you undergo...
Time-Binding in India
The subject of general semantics, introduced by Alfred Korzybski in the 1930s, was almost unknown to India until very recently when Balvantbhai Parekh, Chair, Pidilite Industries in Mumbai, took the initiative to bring it to our door step by sponsoring...
Twelfth National Workshop
Cognitive Language Skills for the 21st Century 3-5 November 2007 Venue Centre for Contemporary Theory, Baroda FORUM ON CONTEMPORARY THEORY Centre for Contemporary Theory 301-302, Shiv Shakti Complex 84 Sampatrao Colony R.C....
Uncritical Inference Test
This test tries to show how anyone may jump to conclusions, by unconsciously making inferences based on the facts given. It will also test the ability to evaluate accurately. Read the story carefully. Consider the information factual. Next, read...
Videshi Views
Wednesday, October 24, 2007. Delta flight 16 touches down at 9:15 p.m. After 25 hours of traveling, I feel like over-baked bread, crusty around the edges and none too appetizing. Yet, I've made it to Mumbai. After grabbing my luggage, I head for the...

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