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Seminar Summary - 17th August 2014


"Decision Making"

What does GS particularly have to offer?
How can it help us?
Led by Mr David Hewson

We remembered two general semanticists who had passed on recently: our AGS founder Laurie Cox and Bob Eddy.

The group discussed what benefits GS could help with.

Better communication was one given. And we looked at Bob Eddy’s card metaphor for word meaning (from his book Graymanship) and communication mistakes due to selecting different cards or having different meanings on a card from the other person.

Better thinking – evaluating was another talked about.

We read an article in ETC by Martin Levinson about GS application.

We applied GS formulations to the sentence: “Diets do not work” - Looking at how people could agree and disagree and why, and how GS can help resolve the issues, by using:

Non allness uses indexing. Have you tried all diet foods? All types of exercise? For whom? For how long? It turned out that diets do not work for most (95%) of the people over the long term (2-5 years). They drop initially then regain some, all or even more of the weight lost. We looked at the physiological mechanisms involved.

Finally we discussed GS behavioural change methods for lifestyle change that could work in the long run. We also had a spirited debate on the dangers of lengthy fasting. The faster you lose weight the bigger the bounce was one viewpoint and another view was the inferred benefits of very low calorie dieting.

Next Meeting:

Sunday 17 September 2014
"Mistakes People Make when Learning GS"
We will learn about typical mistakes,
and hopefully develop skill to move beyond them!
Led by Mr David Hewson

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"!


Disclaimer: This "summary" is a collection of notes derived from our discussion by a number of means.  It is by no means a scholarly dissertation on the subject as presented.  It does not purport to be the "policy of AGS".  Comment and criticism (constructive or otherwise) is welcome.  If anyone has been misquoted, copyrights infringed or confidences betrayed, please Contact us.


(Updated by RJ 21/09/2014)

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