ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 67, No. 3, July

A General Semantics Approach to Health Care Reform, or, Looking for a Cure for My IFD Disease
My intent with this article is to figure out what occurred, on the level of language and general semantics, to the IDEA of universal health care reform. To do this, I'm going to refer to Neil Postman's book on semantics. Crazy Talk, Stupid Talk, in...
A Report on the 63rd Annual United Nations Department of Public Information/non-Governmental Organizations Conference, August/September 2010
The conference was titled "Advance Global Health: Achieve the Millennium Development Goals." Institute President Martin Levinson asked the Australian General Semantics Society (AGS) to represent the Institute at this conference. We formed a team of...
Bridging the Gap between Nagarjuna and the University Rhetoric Class: A Guide with Links to Assignments
I. Nagarjuna and Mr. K. When a general semanticist (someone, say, like myself) reads Nagarjuna (second century India; sometimes known (1) as the founder of the Middle Way school of Buddhism), he might say, "Jeepers, that fellow wanted people to...
Corporate Dictatorship?
As trusts or groups have replaced the theoretically "individual"capitalism in the United States of America, so will the state capitalism, replace the trusts, to be replaced in its turn by international capitalism. (1) As we learned lately, not only...
From Telegraph to E-Mail: Preserving the Doctor-Patient Relationship in a High-Tech Environment
The new media and technologies by which we amplify and extend ourselves constitute huge collective surgery carried out on the social body with complete disregard for antiseptics. If the operations are needed, the inevitability of infecting the...
Let Them Eat Yellow Cake: The Consequences of General Semantics Violations in Public Affairs
Abstract: The authors provide an analysis of the "wars" on terror by the United States. The Oklahoma City bombing is compared with the war in Iraq. General semantics principles that were violated include the lack of understanding of the concept of...
Number Systems as Metaphors
We tend to think of numbers as pure, abstract ideas, untouched by the messiness of material things. Numbers underlie science, one of our culture's big enterprises, but they tend to give science its authority, its ability to approach some "truth." ...
Still Hoping: A Reflection on the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s
This essay was drafted for presentation at the 2009 International Conference of the Institute of General Semantics, and represents the first in a series of reflections addressing contemporary issues of relevance to those engaged in the study of general...
The Method of the Medium Is in Motion
The flexibility and power of the new cable business news format has been used to transform the depth of the coverage of business and financial news. In addition to "breaking news" in the markets, analysis of public policy from leaders in business,...
The Supreme Identification of Corporations and Persons
A news item that has generated a great deal of internet and media buzz is the January 21, 2010, Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (130 S. Ct. 876) to allow unlimited corporate funding of federal campaigns. My friend...
Transforming Soccer Talk in the United States: The Misapplication of a Formulaic Announcing Methodology
There are ideal strategies of thought for the production of language. Such conscious linguistic strategies, or sets of beliefs about language structure, rationalize a particular--natural--approach to talking or writing about things, events, people,...

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