Australian General Semantics Society Inc.


                              Seminar Summary - 26 June 2011


"Robert Anton Wilson"

Famous thinker, writer and futurist Robert Anton Wilson was a great proponent of General Semantics principles.

What a day for our seminar - Sparkling winter sunshine and a dazzling panorama
from Gavan and Pauline's gracious AGS Seminar Centre "Clifftop View"!

We considered Robert Anton Wilson's life and writings, in relation to General Semantics.

Robert Wilson wrote fiction, e.g. the "Schrodinger's Cat" Trilogy
and non fiction, e.g. "Quantum Psychology".

Some of his statements ring particularly true for the GS community:

* "I have never experienced another human being."
   I have experienced my impressions of them."

* "Nothing of any importance can be taught."
   It can only be learned, and with blood and sweat".

* "There is no complete theory of anything."

* "Certitude belongs exclusively to those who own
   only one encyclopaedia."

* "The totally convinced and the totally stupid
   have too much in common for the resemblance to be accidental."

* In a 2003 magazine interview Wilson said his way of viewing the world
   "consists of never regarding any model or map of the universe
   with total 100% belief or total 100% denial. Following Korzybski,
   I put things in probabilities, not absolutes..."

And most importantly - who's the Birthday Boy?
Seems to be wondering what all the fuss is about ...



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