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Perspective Book Cover From the Fundamental Aspects pages:
  • A View about Ourselves: About the Brain, Cortex (from "The Brain: Evolution and Perception"); Jeff Hawkins on the Brain and how it works
  • A View about Ourselves (2): V.S. Ramachandran on Phantom Pain (from "Secrets of the Mind"); Francis Crick's Theory (from "The Brain"); Limitations of Our Brain (from "The Brain")
  • A View about the World: Overview of a Scientific Approach (Stockdale); Richard Feynman on Science; Observing and Analyzing Data (from "An Inconvenient Truth"); Darwin (from "100 Greatest Discoveries")
  • A View about the World (2): Scientific Attitude (from Irving J. Lee's "Talking Sense"); Non-Allness and Clark Maxwell (Lee); Richard Feynman Laws of Physics; Collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge
  • Perspective: Earth, Moon, Space (from "In the Shadow of the Moon"); from "Powers of 10"; Japanese-American (from "The Brain"); 2 Views of Tiger Woods (U.S. Open coverage)
  • ** Perspective (2): on Historical Alternatives (from Martin J. Sherwin); Why? (from HBO's "Lucky Louie"); Segregation Attitudes (from "Eyes on the Prize"); Time Changes Perspective (from "Shut Up and Sing")
  • Behavioral Consequences: Abstracting and Evaluating (Stockdale); Abstracting and Evaluating (Lee); Conditioned Attitudes and Behavior (Lee)
  • Behavioral Consequences (2): The Good v. Poor Observer (Lee); Two Behavioral Examples (Lee); Reactions to Words (Lee)
  • Behavioral Consequences (3): No Intrinsic Value (from "PBS Newshour") ; No Objective Reporters (from Dan Rather Reports); Carefully Taught (from "South Pacific"); Violent Reaction to Words? (from "Bill Moyers Journal")
  • Language Behavior: on the Power of Words (from "V for Vendetta," "Life of Brian," and "Cool Hand Luke"); Words and Meaning (Lee); Richard Feynman on Knowing Words vs. Knowing; Facts vs. Inferences (Lee); on Similarities (Lee)
  • Language Behavior (2): on Differences (Lee); Unintentional Offense (from "Independent Lens: The Paper"); Torture v. Enhanced Interogration (from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"); Tyranny of Categories (Stockdale from The Weather Channel)
  • ** Language Behavior (3): Etymology of the F Word (from "F--k: A Documentary"); Etymology of the N Word (from "The N Word: Divided We Stand"); George Carlin on Context; Chris Rock on Context; Significance of the Middle Finger
  • Doing What We Know: on Applying What We Know (Lee); Richard Feynman on Art Viewed by a Scientist; on Sensory Awareness and Quiet (Charlotte Read); Follow Your Bliss (Blue Man Group)
  • Doing What We Know (2): on Collaboration (Blue Man Group); Applications of this Perspective (Stockdale); Manipulation and Persuasion (from "Toxic Sludge is Good for You" and "The Persuaders"); Blood is Blood (from Ken Burns' "The War")
  • Putting it all Together: on Applying Knowledge (Lee); Scientific Attitude (Feynman); Visual Misperception (Koch); Abstracting/Evaluating (Stockdale); Map/Territory Analogy (Lee); Brain Evolution (The Brain: Evolution and Perception)
  • Jeff Hawkins: About the Cortex; 4 Things the Brain Does; on Patterns
  • Christof Koch: 4 Visual Mis-Perception Demonstrations
  • V.S. Ramachandran: Phantom Pain; Capgras Syndrome; God Center in the Brain?
  • ** F--k: A Documentary: Etymology; Pioneers; Legal Rulings; FCC Rulings; Perspectives
  • ** The N Word: Etymology; Blazing Saddles; Colbert Report; The Daily Show; Chocolate News; Chris Rock

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Here's Something About General Semantics:
A Primer for Making Sense of Your World

ISBN 978-0-9824645-0-2; 290 pages. FREE!
Available in eBook format (PDF) for immediate purchase and download.

Hereís Something About GS provides a thorough yet accessible overview of this misunderstood and under-appreciated discipline, reflecting work Iíve done in learning, teaching, and writing about general semantics for more than 13 years. It explains and demonstrates principles that promote an ongoing awareness of differences that make a difference. Learn how language and other symbols influence how you perceive your world, how you respond to your perceptions, and how you think-and-talk about your responses.

As a former student wrote: "This class was so much different from any class I've taken in college thus far. In my opinion, it was a class teaching us how to think, rather than what to think."

For example, some of the topics commented on include:

  • A fence sieve language
  • Eating menus
  • Definitions vs. meanings
  • Tips for playing roulette
  • Defending the swastika (ooh, controversy!)
  • Making a federal case out of bad words (ooh, more blanking controversy!)
  • Word magic
  • Calling out the symbol rulers
  • Lay off of my persuade shoes
  • Symptoms of language misbehaviors
  • Semantic pollution
  • The bridge at Neverwas

The book is filled with examples, quotes, and has over 50 illustrations. It includes 13 pages of Notes and Sources and an Index of Names with over 250 entries. It has links to additional online material to augment the content, including links to more than 150 video clips. Itís written for a general audience, but could be especially useful for teachers who want to introduce GS principles to supplement a secondary school curriculum, or even as a module in a college-level humanities or social sciences course. Iíve included some introductory materials for those who know nothing about GS; some more in-depth explanations and descriptions including published articles, newspaper columns, and presentations I've made; and some history about the people and organizations that have been involved with GS over the years. Click here to read an excerpt, review the Contents, order, and download now!

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Consider ...

We discriminate against people to the degree we fail to distinguish between them.—Irving J. Lee
We think that is which appears to be.—Henry David Thoreau
To a mouse, cheese is cheese. That is why mouse traps are effective.—Wendell Johnson

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