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Irving J. LeeProfessor Irving J. Lee (1909-1955) taught speech and general semantics at Northwestern University.

He was a master teacher, in part because he used so many stories and anecdotes to illustrate and augment his lectures. He was especially adept at making day-to-day events relevant to theoretical perspectives.

Professor Lee authored one of the seminal books on general semantics in 1941, Language Habits in Human Affairs. He also edited the popular reader, The Language of Wisdom and Folly. He was a frequent contributor to the GS journals, ETC: A Review of General Semantics and the General Semantics Bulletin, as well academic journals such as The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Education Trends, and Education. He contributed a chapter, “General Semantics and the Case Method,” to The Case Method of Teaching Human Relations and Administration, published by Harvard University Press in 1952.

In 1952, Professor Lee broadcast six 30-minute televised presentations in Chicago that were later distributed as the “Talking Sense” film series. These excerpts have been selected as examples of his masterful teaching and storytelling. They also relate to understanding the general orientation or point of view that this website advocates.

from A View About the World

A Scientific Attitude, Irving J. Lee (:40)

from Talking Sense

“Non-Allness,” Irving J. Lee (4:22)

from Talking Sense


from A View About Behavior

Abstracting and Evaluating (4:15)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)

on Consequences – Part 1 (6:11)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)

on Consequences – Part 2 (3:13)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)

The Good vs Poor Observer (8:35)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)

Behavioral Reactions to Words (5:24)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)

Two Behavioral Examples (3:41)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)

on Lack of Moderate Attitudes (2:30)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)

“I am a failure” (3:48)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)

from A View About Language

Words and Meaning (6:43)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)

Where is the Penny? (2:57)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)

Facts vs. Inferences (:48)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)

Facts vs. Inferences – So What? (2:07)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)

on Similarities (2:19)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)

on Differences (4:59)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)


from Doing What We Know

Applying What We Know (4:45)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)

Look for Differences (:32)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)

on Discrimination (:33)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)


from Putting It Together

The Map-Territory Analogy (7:13)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)

Teaching the Implications (3:44)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)

Words are not Things – So What? (:39)

from Talking Sense, Irving J. Lee (1952)