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AS BEFITS the first issue of a new year, not to mention the first issue by a new editor, in this ETC 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 Society for General Semantics 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. Both enjoyed enthusiastic attendance. From the NYSGS symposium, we include the keynote address, General Semantics, Terrorism and War, given by former FCC 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 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 ago in a 1986 edition of Star*Line, the newsletter of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, 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.
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