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  • 9 Oct 2020 3:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our long-awaited and fifth double issue 76:1-2 (2019) of ETC: A Review of General Semantics is in the mail and is now available for download from the IGS Store in searchable PDF format.

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    "Beyond Either-or: Creativity’s Antithetical Traits" by Martin H. Levinson

    "General Semantics and Logotherapy" by Martin H. Levinson

    "Time, Memory, and Media Ecology" by Lance Strate

    "And Now for Something Completely Different: What Are We Studying in Semantics, and
    General Semantics?" by Ben Hauck

    "General Semantics’ Psychotherapeutic Use: The General Semantics Debate to Face Uncertainty" by Isabel Caro Gabalda

    "Culture: An Alternative Conception of Space-Binding" by Thom Gencarelli

    "'We Don’t Need No Education': Language or Logic?" by Michael Moore

    "The Height of Identification: Metaphorizing Corporeality and Illness" by Bini B. S.

    "General Semantics for Babies and Their Parents" by Vanessa Biard-Schaeffer

    "Origins of Popaganda" by Paul Lippert

    "Literary Applications of General Textual Semantics: New Sources and Understandings of Hamlet (Part I)" by Stan Kozikowski

    "Waze’s Impact on Ways" by Michaela Lynch

    "Hashtag’s Impact on the News" by Sajani Mantri

    "Communication: Three Pedagogical Paradigms" by Peter Zhang

    "The London Effect as We Know It" by Peter Zhang

    "Consciousness Revisited: A Buddhist Perspective, Offered as a Response to Lance Strate" by Tim Lyons

    "Arguing Semantics" by Spencer Arnault

    "An Action Plan for Nonidentity" by Courtney Zentz and Mary Lahman

    "Feminist1 Isn’t Feminist2; Anti-feminist1 Isn’t Anti-feminist2" by Alex Cote and Mary Lahman

    "Miscommunication in the Egyptian Museum: A Case Study" by Destinee Boutwell and Mary Lahman

    "Time-Binding Plan: Journey to Recovery" by Mikaylie Whybrew and Mary Lahman

    "Time-Binding Plan for Truth and Identity Triggers" by Brandon Burgess and Mary Lahman

    Two Poems:
    "Fraught" by Jane Blanchard
    "To the End of the Age" by Jane Blanchard

    Plus Letter from the Editor and Book Reviews

    Cover Art

    “Carry on Painting” by Dom Heffer (2018, Oil on Canvas, 148 × 125 cm).

    From the artist: “‘Carry on Painting’ is an ironic look at the famous British comedy genre, with its seemingly innocuous bawdy humour. The painting emerged after a family Christmas spent
    with the ‘Carry On’s’ playing back to back on a UK TV channel, much to the delight of the older generations of the family.”

    Dom Heffer (b.1978, London) is an artist, based in Hull. His work often involves paintings that are large scale and colorful, and carry a hint of anarchy. The intent is to investigate infrastructure: hidden, mechanical, or psychological. Recent works focus on the infrastructure or “semantics” of painting. They depict communications networks intruding on our visual world; canvases are netted with transmission beams, figures (or “stooges”) are distorted by interference, and visual devices called “creative blocks” disrupt the scenes.

    Dom has worked with many arts and research organizations, some of which include the Institute of General Semantics; the Media Ecology Association; UK City of Culture; 20/21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe; Arts Council England; and the Estate of Francis Bacon, London.

    Further information about Dom’s work is available at ideasinthevoid.com.

  • 23 Jun 2020 4:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our long-awaited and fourth double issue 75:3-4 (2018) of ETC: A Review of General Semantics is in the mail and is now available for download from the IGS Store in searchable PDF format.

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    "Holocaust Commemoration and Stolpersteine" by Gary Gumpert and Susan Drucker

    "The 'Ize' Have It…" by Milton Dawes

    "The Way of the Word" by Michael Moore

    "What Can You Do for General Semantics?" by Ben Hauck (J. Talbot Winchell Award 2018 Acceptance Speech)

    "Aldous Huxley and General Semantics" by Martin H. Levinson

    "Responding to Hypocrisy: Getting a Handle on its Abundance and its Apparent Irrelevance" by Corey Anton

    "The Medium Is the Membrane" by Lance Strate

    "Emojis: New Language or Technology-Based Trend" by Marcel Danesi

    "Walter Ong’s Last Book: Language as Hermeneutic" by Sara Van Den Berg

    "Playing the Fool: Trump’s Appeal to Each of Korzybski’s Fools" by Julia C. Richmond and Ernest Hakanen

    "Meta-Semantic-Painting" by Dom Heffer

    "Postman and Aristotle on Language" by Laura Trujillo Liñán

    "How Do You Know?" by Chris Mayer

    "Taxonomies, the Ecological Fallacy, and the Net Generation" by Brett Lunceford

    "As She then Was: CF v Alberta (Vital Statistics) and the Power of Breaking" Logical Fate" by Jan Lukas Buterman

    "Democratizing Photography: The Evolution of the iPhone Camera" by Angie Caruso

    "Referents and Objects: A Parallel between General Semantics and Yog!ac!ara Buddhism" by Thomas A. Rowe

    "Ali Baba in Australia: Tale of a Semantic Shift" by Gabor Korvin

    "'Go Look It Up!' Dad's Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition" by Suzanne G. Beyer

    "'I Feel That…,' 'I Feel Like': Problems Big and Small" by Mark Bernstein

    "Eight Poems" by Barry Liss

    "Nietzsche’s Lost Aphorisms on Management" by Ross Jackson

    "I Was So Tired This Morning and Now Here I Am Awake" by Edwin Torres (in collaboration with Kristin Prevallet)

    Plus Letter from the Editor and Book Reviews.

    Cover Art

    Ross Jackson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Business at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. His current research interests include linguistic and existential facets of the military-industrial complex, and the potential intersectionality among analysis, data visualization, and d´etournement. Through his work, he advocates for a more poetic existence, or at least one that is slightly less banal.

  • 6 Jun 2020 4:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Institute of General Semantics is pleased to announce the first book in its Language in Action Series.

    The book, Diatribal Writes of Passage in a  World of Wintertextuality: Poems on Language, Media, and Life (But Not as We Know It) by Lance Strate is his second poetry collection.

    About the Language in Action Series

    The Language in Action series, sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics, publishes books devoted to creative modes of expression that can open the doors of perception, and foster better understandings of the nature of language, symbols, communication, and the semantic, technological, and media environments that we inhabit. Through processes of play and probing, art can bring into awareness alternative forms of experience and evaluation to the everyday, routine, taken-for-granted world. It can also shed new light on mind and method, consciousness and culture, abstracting and attention, ecology and enlightenment, and, most important to students of general semantics, science and sanity.

    Founded in 1938 by Alfred Korzybski, the Institute of General Semantics promotes, in the words of S.I. Hayakawa, the study of how not to be a damn fool. As a non-aristotelian system devoted to enhancing human potential, general semantics has inspired numerous novelists, poets, artists, musicians, and creative thinkers. General semantics today is devoted to explorations of meaning and the meaning of meaning, of metaphors and memes, archetypes and arts, symbols and signals, signs and significance, codes and ciphers, sense perception and sense-making, and the vast variety of ways of seeing, feeling, and thinking that humanity is heir to. The quarterly journal of the IGS, ETC: A Review of General Semantics, has been publishing essays, research, and literary work since 1943.

    About Strate's New Book

    Strate's entry in the series brings together an eclectic mix of poems that address the themes of language, communication, media, technology, and poetry itself, etc.

    A bold and radiant journey into a jigsaw universe, Strate’s poems reveal a redemptive self-awareness, a playful exuberance with the twists and turns of the whirling worlds of language and imagery, feeling and experience.

    T.C McLuhan, author and filmmaker

    Significant, casually formal, sly, engaging, passionately inexact, curious, playful, and utterly readable: the magic in Lance Strate’s poems is in the profound and humble poetic intelligence that guides them. With it he creates a charged silence in the gaps between the words where their consensual meanings, along with the reader, pass through the universe of things thus far unsaid–the ever-present substance of what life feels like–before they reach the next word on the other side.

    Chuck Wachtel, poet, novelist, Pen/Ernest Hemingway Citation recipient

    Lance Strate’s wordplay unleashes a tumbling and a turning of phonemes and phrases skipping consciousness like stones on a lake. This is a delightful collection resonant with sound and rhythmic flourishes. The poet’s jesters that “…the meaning of meaning is meaning… a leaning” then immediately goes about his craft pitting story against a light-hearted dance with language.

    Lillian Allen, internationally acclaimed poet and Professor of Creative Writing, Ontario College of Art and Design University

    Lance Strate’s clever, pithy, and logocentric poetry at once celebrates language and manifests itself as performance art. Poems with titles such as “essays,” “prose,” and “these words”—unlike the verbiage described in “up in smoke” becoming “disappeared for all time”—will endure. Why? Because, for example, the science fiction poem “ode on a geekian urn” poses the definitive question of our brave new science fiction virus-sodden world: “thank goodness the Force was with us then is it with us now?” The answer: emphatically yes. We have Strate’s luminous poetic illocutionary force to accompany us and light our way during dark times.

    Marleen Barr, novelist, literary critic, and Pilgrim Award recipient

    Lance Strate has created a joyous maelstrom of cultural symbolism, timeless mystery, and linguistic dance. His style is both childlike and profound… as if Mother Goose had a son with Lewis Carroll raised by Camille Paglia and Kurt Vonnegut and given a mission to expand the boundaries of perspective and wonder. Treat yourself to insightful, poetic lunacy of the highest order.

    Stephen Roxborough, internationally acclaimed poet, co-founder of Burning Word poetry festival, and Head Poet for Madrona Center on Guernes Island

    The book is now available in the IGS Store.

  • 26 Apr 2020 4:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Institute of General Semantics recently digitized hours of recordings from Alfred Korzybski and S. I. Hayakawa rescued from reels in our archive.

    These recordings are now available for listening and download from the IGS Store.

    The following recordings of Alfred Korzybski were recently digitized:

    The following recording of S. I. Hayakawa was recently digitized:

    These recordings come after the recent digitization of more than 15 hours of recordings made from the Institute of General Semantics 1948 Summer Seminar-Workshop at Millbrook School, Millbrook, NY.

    These recordings were digitized by IGS trustee Ben Hauck.

    Download these audio recordings and more from the IGS Store »

     

  • 20 Apr 2020 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In 1948, the Institute of General Semantics hosted a Summer Seminar-Workshop at Millbrook School in New York. Over 15 hours of audio recordings from that course were recently digitized, and for the first time ever, the recordings are now available for listening and download from the IGS Store.

    Recorded in August and September 1948, the recordings reflect a wide range of speakers, general semantics lessons, and teacher-student interactions. They were digitized and enhanced in 2020 from reels rescued from the Institute of General Semantics archives.

    Included with the MP3 album of 25 audio files is the Listener's Guide for IGS 1948 Summer Seminar-Workshop by Ben Hauck, which meticulously brings together archival information about the course -- from its planning to names of those in attendance, and more.

    The following general semantics lecturers speak in the recordings on these subjects and others:

    • Stuart Chase - House on Un-American Activities
    • William Exton, Jr. - Audio-Visual Aids, Maps, Non-Verbal Symbols
    • Harry Holtzman - Visual Art; Abstract Art
    • Douglas Kelley - Work of Adelbert Ames, Jr., Psychiatry, Structure, Function of the Human Nervous System, Conditioned Reflexes; On Magic; Prejudice, and Question & Answer Session
    • M. Kendig - Introduction to Allen Walker Read; Neuro-Linguistic, Neuro-Semantic Environments on Teaching and Writing General Semantics
    • Alfred Korzybski - Introduction to Douglas Kelley
    • Irving J. Lee - Statements of Fact, Inferencing; Question & Answer Session
    • Allen Walker Read - Semantic Guide
    • Sam Rosen - Using General Semantics in Medical Situations

    Approximate Running Time: >15 hours

    These audio recordings and listener's guide complement the motion picture produced during the 1948 course:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qep9ppZ0oK0

     
    This audio collection is available as a downloadable ZIP file including 25 MP3 audio files and a listener's guide PDF with photographs.

    Click here to order the 1948 Summer Seminar-Workshop Audio Collection »

    NOTE: The ZIP file is 162MB, a large file. You have 4 days from the moment of purchase to complete the download, and 4 attempts to succeed.  Only order when you have enough time to download the file to a computer or external hard drive with enough space. To open the ZIP, you may need to extract the contents of the ZIP file with additional free software.

  • 16 Apr 2020 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Martin H. Levinson has just released the revised second edition for his book Sensible Thinking for Turbulent Times,  and it is now available in the IGS Store.

    About the Book

    In these times of rapid change and constant upheaval, can we learn to think and communicate more effectively — at home, in school, on the job, and as citizens in the larger world? This book, which is based on the formulations of general semantics, says yes, yes, and yes! Topics in it include practical ways to improve your thinking ability, emotional self-management, creativity, and analysis of important social issues.

    Order Sensible Thinking for Turbulent Times (Revised Second Edition) in the IGS Store »

    About the Author

    Martin H. Levinson, Ph.D., is the President of the Institute of General Semantics and the author of numerous articles and several books on general semantics and other subjects.

  • 30 Mar 2020 4:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The audiobook version of Martin H. Levinson's popular, humorous book of general semantics lessons, Practical Fairy Tales for Everyday Living (Revised Second Edition), is now available for purchase and download from Audible.

    In addition, the audiobook is available for download on iTunes (Apple Books).

    About Practical Fairy Tales for Everyday Living

    In Practical Fairy Tales for Everyday Living, fanciful characters that one can identify with battle personal problems, mishaps, and mayhem. None of them are guaranteed a happily-ever-after, but by applying the fundamentals of general semantics -- a communication-based self-help system -- they are better able to evaluate and understand everyday conundrums to successfully vanquish challenging situations. While these 24 stories may not be true in the literal sense, G.K. Chesterton observed that, “Fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”

    The book is by IGS president Martin H. Levinson, and the audiobook is narrated by IGS trustee Ben Hauck.

    All proceeds from the audiobook will be donated to the Institute of General Semantics.

    The book is available in softcover and Kindle versions. You may order the softcover from the IGS Store.

    Audiobook Links

    Purchase the audiobook from Audible »

    Purchase the audiobook on Amazon »

    Purchase the audiobook on iTunes (Apple Books) »

  • 9 Dec 2019 4:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To the IGS YouTube account, we have added nearly all of the videos of presentations from the 67th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture and its subsequent 2-Day General Semantics Symposium, sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics, and co-sponsored by the Media Ecology Association and the New York Society for General Semantics.

    The entire event was held at the Princeton Club in New York City, October 11-13, 2019.

    The videos are compiled into a sequential playlist that mirrors the sequence of events from the weekend.

    As of publication, not all videos are available as we await consent from the presenters. As presenters consent, we will release more videos in the playlist.

    Watch individual entries from the playlist »

  • 5 Mar 2019 4:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our long-awaited and second double issue 74:3-4 (2017) of ETC: A Review of General Semantics is in the mail and is now available for download from the IGS Store in searchable PDF format.

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    "The Pathologies of Perfectionism" by Paul Watzlawick

    "Fanaticism: The Panhuman Disorder" by Margaret Mead

    "The Rise of 'Middle Region' Politics" by Joshua Meyrowitz

    "Television: The New State Religion?" by George Gerbner

    "Laws of the Media" by Marshall McLuhan

    "The Mystery of the Discovery of Zero" by Robert K. Logan

    "An Aspect of the Role of Persuasion in a Technical Society" by Jacques Ellul

    "Human Engineering and Social Adjustment" by Edward L. Bernays

    "The Information Environment" by Neil Postman

    "Harold Innis: A Man of His Times" by Eric A. Havelock

    "A Few Speculations on the Future of General Semantics" by Russell Joyner

    "Educational Research: The Romance of Quantification" by Charles Weingartner

    "The Semiotic Aspect of Alfred Korzybski's General Semantics" by Allen Walker Read

    "How Things Get Better" by Henry J. Perkinson

    "Structuralism in Reverse" by Jay Rosen

    "Multiordinality: A Point of Viewing" by Milton Dawes

    "Time-Binding in Oral Cultures" by Lance Strate

    "Dreamy Americans Prefer a Paper Moon to the Real Thing" by Lewis H. Lapham

    "Not Without Us" by Joseph Weizenbaum

    "Literacy as a Deviance" by Christine Nystrom

    "Knowledge or Certainty" by J. Bronowski

    "On the Recently Minted Hundred-Cent Piece" by John Updike

    "Undoing Babel: C.K. Ogden's Basic English" by W. Terrence Gordon

    "General Semantics and Practical Philosophy" by Sanford I. Berman

    "Silence and Paralanguage as Communication" by Joseph A. Devito

    "The Relevance of General Semantics" by Alvin Toffler

    "Toward Understanding E-Prime" by Robert Anton Wilson

    "How to Think Scientifically about Yourself, Other People, and Your Life Conditions" by Albert Ellis

    "The Computer 'Virus' as Metaphor" by Raymond Gozzi, Jr.

    "The Arithmetic" by Steve Allen

    "ETC (Volume I, Number 1) Revisited" by Martin H. Levinson, Ph.D.

    "Media Literacy, General Semantics, and K-12 Education" by Renee Hobbs

    "Korzybski and Bateson: Paradoxes in 'Consciousness of Abstracting'" by Corey Anton

    "Neil Postman's Advice on How to Live the Rest of Your Life" by Janet Stenberg

    "Young Alfred Korzybski" by Bruce I. Kodish

    "Appreciative Inquiry + General Semantics → IFD Disease Resistance" by Mary P. Lahman

    Plus Letter from the Editor.

    Cover Art

    "Walter in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" by Dom Heffer (b.1978, London) -- an artist, based in Hull, who has worked with many arts and research organizations, some of which include the
    Institute of General Semantics, the Media Ecology Association, UK City of Culture, 20/21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, Arts Council England, and The Estate of Francis Bacon, London. Further information about Dom’s work is available at: ideasinthevoid.com

  • 19 Dec 2018 4:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To the IGS YouTube account, we have added nearly all of the videos of presentations from the 66th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture and its subsequent 2-Day General Semantics Symposium, sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics, and co-sponsored by the Media Ecology Association and the New York Society for General Semantics.

    The entire event was held at the Princeton Club in New York City, October 26-28, 2018.

    The videos are compiled into a sequential playlist that mirrors the sequence of events from the weekend.

    As of publication, not all videos are available as we await consent from the presenters. As presenters consent, we will release more videos in the playlist.

    Watch individual entries from the playlist »


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