In this issue.AS BEFITS the first issue of a new year, not to mention the first issue by a new editor, in this ETC ETC - ExTendible Compiler. Fortran-like, macro extendible. "ETC - An Extendible Macro-Based Compiler", B.N. Dickman, Proc SJCC 38 (1971). we consider the old and the new. The new editor learns how to honor the unbroken record of publication that this publication enjoys, while adapting to the latest production methods. An old feature, Dates and Indexes, returns with new vigor, providing a place to share letters to the editor, news from and about members and local organizations, anecdotes, etc.
We feature two special gatherings, one near the old home of the Institute, and one near the new home. The New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of Society for General Semantics gen·er·al semantics
n. (used with a sing. verb)
A discipline developed by Alfred Korzybski that proposes to improve human behavioral responses through a more critical use of words and symbols. held its People in Quandaries Symposium in September, honoring the 60th anniversary of Wendell Johnson's classic exploration of general semantics. In October, the Institute held its 2006 International Conference: Making Sense in Arlington, Texas Arlington is a city in Tarrant County, Texas (USA) within the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area. According to a U.S Census Bureau release, as of July 1, 2006 Arlington has an estimated population of 367,197. . Both enjoyed enthusiastic attendance. From the NYSGS symposium, we include the keynote address keynote address
An opening address, as at a political convention, that outlines the issues to be considered. Also called keynote speech.
Noun 1. , General Semantics, Terrorism and War, given by former FCC (1) (Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC, www.fcc.gov) The U.S. government agency that regulates interstate and international communications including wire, cable, radio, TV and satellite. The FCC was created under the U.S. Commissioner, Nicholas Johnson. From the International Conference, we select Bob Eddy's presentation on Making Sense Constructively.
A new contributor, Ben Hauck, discovers the responsibilities and rewards of recording events in A Tangible Experience of Time-Binding. Another new contributor, Loel Burket Shuler, wonders if Maybe Our Times were the Best Times in a memoir on her college years at Olivet, where, she discovered only recently, she had learned general semantics by living it.
Returning to the general semantics world after many years away, David Linwood offers his first-hand insights into Korzybski's early years at the Institute, in the first of a four-part serial, That was by My Other Mother.
In a reprise re·prise
a. A repetition of a phrase or verse.
b. A return to an original theme.
2. A recurrence or resumption of an action.
tr.v. of an article from 1996, we offer Fallacies of Logic: Argumentation Cons, Chapter 7 from Irving David Shapiro's book You Must not Let Them Con You: There's Too Much at Stake! In it, Shapiro outlines the oldest tricks in the book, intentional or otherwise, that one might encounter when discussing difficult issues. Meanwhile, in this quarter's Metaphors in Action column, Ray Gozzi suggests that our senses might need some kind of similar help as he considers a new view of the news in What if Media are Not "Extensions" of Our Senses, but "Intrusions" on Our Senses?
Two brief meditations on the nature of the physical world round out the issue. David Lunde's On Gravitation and Perpetual Motion originally appeared twenty years TWENTY YEARS. The lapse of twenty years raises a presumption of certain facts, and after such a time, the party against whom the presumption has been raised, will be required to prove a negative to establish his rights.
2. ago in a 1986 edition of Star*Line, the newsletter of the Science Fiction Poetry Association The Science Fiction Poetry Association was established in 1978 by Suzette Haden Elgin to bring together poets and readers interested in science fiction poetry. The organization administers the Rhysling Award and publishes the journal Star*Line , while Lucile Redmore's Airborne sprang quite recently from the author's pen, after a long dry spell.
The new editor would like to take this opportunity to invite contributors, new and old, to send in articles for future issues. We see this publication as serving as more than just the Institute's point of contact with its members. We believe it can also serve as a method of contact between members, where authors and thinkers can offer their views, thoughts and experiences, and tell each other how knowing about general semantics has changed their lives and the lives of those around them.