ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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

Articles from Vol. 71, No. 4, October

Dates and Indexes
Frank Scardilli, who stepped down from the Institute of General Semantics Board of Trustees in December, has been made an honorary IGS trustee. He has had a more than sixty-year interest in general semantics and was not only active on the IGS board;...
Letter from the Editor
This is the final issue of ETC for the year 2014--a time for reflection on what was, and of anticipation for what is yet to be. It's the new year, the dawn of possibilities and hope, and a time for resolutions and plans. It's when we read the past...
Martin H. Levinson. A Continuing Education Guide to Teaching General Semantics
Martin H. Levinson. A Continuing Education Guide to Teaching General Semantics. Forest Hills, NY: Institute of General Semantics, 2014. From its beginnings in 1933, when general semantics was formally introduced to the world with the publication...
Political Symbols and American Exceptionalism
Symbols pervade the lives of everyone. Logos, slogans, catchphrases, branding, etc. all serve as a kind of shorthand by which people can associate themselves with their communities, countries, and the historical tapestry of which they are a part. Symbols...
The Labeling Process and Other Interdisciplinary Similarities between Buddhism and General Semantics
I remember taking a communication course during my early undergrad years. The course title was Interpersonal Communication and was taught by one of the professors from the Speech Communication Department. One of the basic aspects taught in the course...
The Terrance Deacon's Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter. the Teleodynamics of Culture, Language, Organization, Science, Economics, and Technology (Closet). Part I: A Review and Precis of Incomplete Nature
Robert K. Logan is professor emeritus of physics at the University of Toronto, a fellow of St. Michael's College, the Origins Institute at McMasters University and the Institute of Biocomplexity and Informatics at the University of Calgary, and is...
The Wise and the Journalist
I usually don't watch television, and as most people who don't, when I catch myself watching a broadcast, I am absorbed like a child catching his own reflection in a mirror. It's pathetic. Lost in complete boredom at friends'--and I won't mention...
Words and Music
MARK TWAIN'S WIFE, the story goes, was disturbed by his habitual use of profanity. To cure him, she once let loose with a blast of her own, using her husband's choicest expressions. He listened appreciatively. "A nice try, dear," he said. "You have...
Zen Musings
Meditation [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] If a mantis can pray, then a great egret can certainly meditate. The posture is the message. As we meditate on its posture, the egret seems to be meditating on something else, or is it actually in a wuxin...
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