The reality we manage to get into our heads is
largely that reality which is abstracted through our symbol systems.
The uniquely human
ability to build on the accumulated knowledge of others, potentially
to an exponential degree.
15 August 2010
Something About GS -
A Primer for Making Sense of Your World”
thoughts of Steve Stockdale', former IGS Director,
advocating an informed, open, and tolerant world view
that’s consistent with what we know, without deference to dogmas,
or what passes for culturally-dependent "common sense".
And - Preparation for the National Conference!
1. Catching Up & Introductions
2. GS Diary Reports
- "Our GS Experiences"
Something About GS ...
– Presentation and discussion
4. AGS Business
We “always” allow a little
time for review of our lives and activities.
2. GS Diary Reports
- "Our GS Experiences" Some
of us experienced events in the month past, which demonstrated the
value, and perhaps some limitations, in the applications of GS principles.
Sharing of these is a valuable part of our time together.
Something About GS - A Primer for Making Sense of Your World"
The thoughts of Steve Stockdale', former IGS Director, advocating
an informed, open, and tolerant world view that’s consistent with
what we know, without deference to dogmas, traditions, or what passes
for culturally-dependent "common sense".
We worked through parts of a hard-copy version of Steve's book,
considering the historical, biographical and GS subject-matter content.
You can see Steve Stockdale's writings, download the book yourself,
and sample "all manner" of delights at Steve's website:
In particular, we made a more detailed study of thechapter on his
"ME Model". We considered words such as "anxiety",
"envy", "disappointment", "rejection",
"guilt", "shame", "embarrassment",
"regret" and "stress". It was surprising (to
some of us!) how much our personal experience of these "negative
emotions" varied among the seminar participants.
Steve's "ME" Model (a little part of the whole
The ME Model can be expressed as a four-step process:
..1. Something is going on,
..2. I experience what's going on,
..3. I evaluate my experience of what's
..4. From my evaluation of my experience
of what's going on, I respond to and give meaning.
Does this look or sound a little familiar? Yep, it's like Korzybski's
But wait - there's more! You'll need to read the original to get
"the full story"! Stockdale's book explores the ME model
in great detail, and it's quite a different model that the SD.
For comparison, we revised three other familiar models:
..........a. Korzybski's familiar
..............We won't elaborate on
this famous model here ...
............. there are plenty of explanations
..........b. Hayakawa's "Abstraction
..........c. J. Samuel Bois's "Semantic
We were privileged by a visitation across space and time and technology,
by none other than Steve Stockdale and Alfred Korzybski. Well, not
actually "in the flesh", but by means of Pauline's computer
retrieving video from the Institute's archives.
Alicia & Matt's Tutorial
This is a web-based Tutorial resource that we examined briefly for
comparison. It has quite a simple presentation style, considering
basic GS concepts one at a time in a structured format.
This seemed like quite a useful resource that we should know about.
We were interested that the authors acknowledged the contribution
of Steve Stockdale and Susan and Bruce Kodish, thus reinforcing
the reality of collaboration and time-binding in the global GS community!
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4. ~ AGS Business
a. National Conference 27-29 August, and the UN NGO Conference 30
August - 1 September.
....UN Conference 30 August - 2 September:
content, promotion, travel arrangements, etc.
b. Pauline succeeded in creating a "Meetup Place" for
....relating her experience and knowledge
of NLP, RET and GS.
....We've already had a few responses!
c. We did some indexing of the AGS Library - Surely a time-binding
....It was exciting
to (re-)discover lots of books, CDs etc that we haven't looked at
for a while.
... The Index will be made available on our website.
5. ~ Close ~
Next Meeting: 27
August, 2010 in Melbourne (National Conference!)