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Over the years, studies have demonstrated the benefits of using general semantics in daily life. In A General Semantics Approach to Reducing Student Alienation, Dr. Martin H. Levinson reports that such benefits "include increased critical thinking skills, enhanced creativity, improved composition writing, improved personality adjustment, and decreased prejudice."

Some events look so horrible, we can hardly believe our eyes. Charles G. Russell discusses the shocks we receive when the unexpected shatters our maps, and offers some constructive suggestions in September 11, 2001 - When Maps Collided.

Many of us "know" that the word is not the thing, but to what degree do we act accordingly? Kazuya Hara explores how The Word "is" The Thing: The "Kotodama" Belief in Japanese Communication, and in following his investigations, we can also learn something about ourselves.

How do we generalize "time"? Our Clone Chronicles hero begins his GS training and learns how we let our expectations blind us to the living present. Paul Dennithorne Johnston drags our protagonist along a rocky journey of shattered inferences and denuded assumptions as our trainee begins to comprehend that Today Never Happened Before.

How do we encourage passive, uninvolved students to become enthusiastic, engaged participants? We "make learning more relevant to life concerns." In Motivating Students: Evoking Transformative Learning and Growth, Roben Torosyan takes a multidisciplinary approach to human development as he encourages learners to bring into the classroom matters important to their own lives. He also asks himself some tough questions. "I observe myself as the teacher-researcher and relate to my own way of relating to the research and the students, while I encourage my students to do the same with themselves."

"Individual experiences are relative; there is no way to check on the internal sensations of another person, leaving us to doubt whether there is any consistency of perception in the universe of observers." To complicate matters, individual words have diverse meanings, depending on a multitude of variables. In Art, Life, and Reality: General Semantics and Definitions, Bill Petkanas explores the vicissitudes of seeking fixed meanings in a world of "infinite" variety.

From problems of transitivity or intransitivity, to degrees of ostensive reality or certainty - how can writing students discover for themselves those pesky, sometimes hidden, construction errors? Daniel Zimmerman asserts that "Use of E-Prime can help students with the revision of their own writing and to become aware of underlying structural errors and cognitive opacities" in his E-Prime as a Revision Strategy. "A simple, systematic editing technique offers access to dynamics of language ordinarily subliminal."

Has our use of dinosaur become a dinosaur? Not so, argues Metaphors in Action master Raymond Gozzi, Jr. Dinosaurs are alive and well. However, we seem to have strayed from the facts. "The metaphorical portrayal of the dinosaur in the early 21st Century is much more violent and less secure than were the real dinosaurs of the Mesozoic era."

Alfred Korzybski held that, to visualize our higher order abstractions, we need structures that can be 'concretely pictured.' Reporting on his participation in a recent Science and Sanity Seminar, Paul Dennithorne Johnston offers some deliberations on how 'Concrete' Examples Bring GS to Life.
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