We covered much material old and new, including ...
1. An introduction to GS history
and Alfred Korzybski's motivation for developing GS following WWI.
Bruce Kodish's You Tube presentation was enjoyed, as an
opportunity to see and hear the man whose writing we had spent
some time on.
2. Milton Dawes'
“In Pursuit of Personal Excellence Through
Conscious Time Binding.
We worked through Milton's paper in some detail, to extract pertinent
general semantics pronciples and consider how they can be applied.
3. "Emma and
Audrey - a Mothers Day Debacle"
This discussion revolved around a story of "everything going wrong on a
day that was supposed to be perfect".
We considered how this could be re-cast into a positive experience, with
learning opportunities and positive memories!
One of our members reported his distress on missing a friend's funeral
due to work commitments. However, this provided an
opportunity to follow-up directly with the widow at another time,
for a fuller and more satisfying "catch-up discussion".
4. The "Drive
Hello again everyone,
Looking forward to meeting again on Sat 30
April for our next seminar, please continue reading "Drive
Yourself Sane", and see if you can find some things to share with
a. Something that is new to you (presented as
“fact” or a new idea etc.),
b. Something that you agree
c. Something that you disagree with (or have
d. Something that illustrates a value of
e. Something that you can apply in
you life, at least as a trial,
f. Something else of
5. Susan and
Bruce Kodish's book "Drive Yourself Sane"
Some of the responses to this assignment:
Noted with interest the comment the "Best improvements can be
obtained by a combination of physical and mental exercise.
Agree with the emphasis on "uncommon sense".
Question the wavy "A1-A2 line" on the P1T1 diagram.
Discussed at some length the question of gun control in the USA, and
differences in the way it has been done in Australia. We noted how
difficult it is to make simple conclusions about complex
cause-effect relationships and statistics.
We saw some pictures of sheep that were (or appeared to be) black on one
side and white on the other (remembering our discussions on
whether a sheep is black or white).
Bruce and Susan's "Unicorn and the glass door" metaphor was quite
popular, bringing out quite a body of personal examples and even
controversy (we don't have arguments here!). This notion
represents "Non-existent objects that we treat as real" (eg
personal grandeur) as the unicorn. Real issues that we
cannot see are like a glass door, capable of bruising our nose if
we ignore it!
We recalled the "three stages of knowing":
* Knowing what we know,
* Knowing what we don't know, and
* Knowing it!
One participant was taken with the "DYS" emphasis on "endless
complexity", and its relevance to our daily life.
We considered some of the metaphysical assumptions in the book, and the
question of "Do we ever know anything?", and issues of "living
This led on to questions of paradoxes, whereby a single proposition can
appear contradictory (eg "You've got to be cruel to be kind!"),
and the huge body of thought around the symbolism that is central
to most paradoxes.
discussion on "Scams"
on scams, illustrating many of the common pitfalls encountered in
dealing with scams, and some general semantics strategies for
dealing with them.
This elicited vigorous expressions of outrage from the seminar
participants, and discussion of strategies for detecting
It was noted that many of the scamming techniques are represented in a
"cleaner form" in advertising, political promotions, and even in
domestic interchanges! So the general semantics formulations
can be widely exercised.
Robert spread out a collection of postcards. We each selected a
few, and made some statements about:
* Why we selected these ones,
* What associations they aroused in us,
* How they
evoked / prompted thoughts about today's discussions, and
* What "ways forward to greater sanity" might emerge from this ...
etc ... !
The usual: Plans for the year: Dates and places of meetings, international liaisons, finances etc.