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10 June 2016 @ 05:38 am
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What happened to General Semantics

Thanx to RAW Illumination.
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kerkevik_2014: Woman_of_ and Ikerkevik_2014 on June 10th, 2016 09:52 am (UTC)
He was 'promoted' to a desk job at Trump Towers..?

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Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on June 10th, 2016 01:57 pm (UTC)
I haven't read Korzybski, but what impressed me with Hayakawa's Language in Thought and Action was the clarity of its thinking and presentation. I don't find that in this article.

One argument the article gestures in the direction of making, but then seems to shy away from, is, "You shouldn't blame Dianetics on General Semantics, as you wouldn't blame Hitler on Nietzsche." Actually, people do often blame Hitler on Nietzsche. Treatments of Nietzsche as a dirty word, and defenses of the "He's not really so bad" type, are things I've more than occasionally seen.

Also, I was less impressed by RAW's letter to Hayakawa than I'd hoped, as his criticism of Hayakawa for using sentences of a certain structure is couched in the form of using sentences which, though more elaborate grammatically, have pretty much the same structure.
Marionweofodthignen on June 10th, 2016 04:16 pm (UTC)
In my very humble opinion, both General Semantics and Transformational Grammar are useful. I've been told a genuine machine translation AI using TG is impossible, but I don't understand why. And we need that all the more to appreciate the differences in our formulations. It's not an issue of personalities, which this interesting essayist seems to have a hang-up about.

Edited at 2016-06-10 04:17 pm (UTC)