ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 1, Spring

A Letter from the President of ISGS
DEAR ISGS MEMBERS: I suspect that you share my belief that general semantics offers invaluable tools for making personal and professional choices, a practical "process for living and making decisions" that works. In these uncertain times, we...
Blue Ring around a White Collar: An Application of Marginality
Introduction ENTERING A GRADUATE PROGRAM directly following the completion of my Bachelor's degree was not completely understood by people in my home town. The stigma of "professional student" was felt. Even if getting a Masters degree seemed...
Correspondence
TO THE EDITOR: I read in the February 10 New York Times, in an article on women and others in Afghanistan recommencing their educations, that the chief librarian of the University of Kabul (a man named Muhammad Sadiq Wadid) has made the following...
Fifteen Zen Tenets
Tenet 1 The realities of life are most truly seen in everyday things and actions. Tenet 2 Everything exists according to its own nature. Our individual perceptions of worth, correctness, beauty, size, and value exist inside our heads, not...
Fifty Years Ago in ETC. (Retrospect)
From the Iliad to the latest murder-mystery, nearly any work of fiction may be studied as an extended figure of speech, giving us understanding of our inner life by narrating outer events. If we may make the distinction at all, our inner life --...
Glimpse Spring 2002
A brief look at things for people interested in general semantics. "Facts as we see them are little more than quick glimpses of a ceaseless transformation ..." -- Wendell Johnson, People in Quandaries Find more at http://glimpse.blogspot.com...
International GS Conference Scheduled for November 2003. (News & Notes)
The next International General Semantics Conference will be held in 2003, from Friday, October 31, through Sunday, November 2. Titled "The Twelfth International Conference on General Semantics: Leading a Revolution in Human Evaluating [TM]," the...
Mark Twain's Perceptual Revision: Using the Structural Differential to Map Change. (Practical Application of GS Formulations)
IN AN "IDEAL" WORLD, every educational institution would have at least one formal course in general semantics and would liberally saturate general semantics formulations across, over, under, and through the curriculum. Unfortunately, because we...
Snooping around the Time-Binding Attic. (from the Archives)
THE "ARCHIVES" of the Institute of General Semantics contain three generations of history -- not only in terms of the institution and "the work" of general semantics, but also as a fascinating slice of 20th century American living. If you've ever...
Stewart W. Holmes. (Profile)
Stewart W. Holmes, who earned his Ph.D. in English at Yale, has taught students in preparatory schools and colleges and universities. He worked as editor and collaborator with authors of English textbooks and wrote English in Action Composition,...
Teaching Self-Reflection and Meta-Cognition. (Art and Technics)
How CAN WE DISPLAY the world of ideas around us, which shapes and affects our lives as surely as does a house, a threat, or a prize? Can you bring someone to the revelation: "These are my thoughts, not a common reality," and "Just because I think...
The Inner Game of Life
THE TRIPLE MIND It requires a certain kind of mind to see beauty in a hamburger bun. Yet, is it any more unusual to find grace in the texture and softly curled silhouette of a bun than to reflect lovingly on ... the arrangement of textures and...
The Temple of Theory. (Metaphors in Action)
As a young academic, naturally I was concerned about how to succeed in my chosen field. Fortunately, I had a kindly mentor, who offered to show me the path to advancement in academe. One afternoon, we got in his car, and traveled down a road of...
Why Can't I Stop Correcting? Overcoming My Resistance to Changing How I Teach
Introduction ACCORDING TO the general semantics principle of "self-reflexiveness," humans can gain some measure of control over their impulses by observing their own behavior. When we can stand back and observe ourselves in action, there is an...
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