Australian General Semantics Society Inc.




Seminar Summary - 12 May 2013


"Lateral and Critical Thinking"

Learn more about lateral(creative) thinking
and critical (rigorous and reflective reasoning) thinking.

Presented by Professor Gabriel Donleavy

Preliminary ... Catching Up

We were pleased to welcome some "returning" and "new" participants, as well as the "old faithfuls".  It's "always" envigorating to meet people encountering the discipline anew, to see what draws them, and how we can bring GS as a useful and exciting study.
WritingThis is a "living document", subject to ongoing evolution as recollections re-emerge from our memories of the event, and are re-evaluated in light of ongoing experience and reflection.  It will never be "the full truth and nothing but the truth", or "a map that expresses everyone's notion of the territory"!

Gabriel introduced us to Dan Ariely's book "Predictably Irrational - The Upside of Irrationality".

"Irrationality is not all bad". Dan examines some of the positive effects irrationality have on our lives, and offers a new look on the irrational decisions that influence our personal lives and our workplace experiences.

We considered a host of challenging concepts, starting with "anchoring", and how it can limit our realistic and imaginative exploitation of opportunities.  GS can help us develop "consciousness of anchoring" to reduce this effect.

(Some further reporting os our discussions will be available shortly).


Next Meeting:

Sun 16th June 2013
GS Around the Globe
A review of the activities of our colleagues
in the USA, India, UK and Europe. 
How we fit in, and what we can contribute.

Led by Robert

10:30am - 4:30pm at Bonnet Bay, Sydney, Australia.



(Updated by RJ 13/05/2013)

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