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So here we have an interesting collection of articles from the early days of the original (and only?) journal on General Semantics. This meta-discipline comprising language, philosophy, sociology, psychology, media arts, marketing, and a host of other pseudo-sciences has a sordid history to be sure but honestly, this anthology does not exemplify the controversy. Frankly, many of these are rather thought-provoking pieces and the layer of bullshit is rather light. I attribute this to the clearly m...more
Both theoretical and practical essays in language use. They cover topics ranging from the art of communication to issues in general semantics. They represent the thinking of scholars who discuss the nature of semantics, the problems and characteristics of contemporary communication, and man's linguistic behavior. Consistent with the experience of Hayakawa over his years of immersion in the theories of Alfred Korzybski, founder of general semantics. This is a good collection for anyone interested...more
Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa was a Canadian born American academic and political figure of Japanese ancestry. He was an English professor, served as president of San Francisco State University and then a United States Senator from California from 1977 to 1983.More about S.I. Hayakawa...