at "Cifftop View" Bonnet Bay in Sydney was hosted as usual by Pauline and
Gavan - Thank you both!
Sharing of triumphs
and tragedies and miscellaneous yarns.
In the spirit of "applying general semantics principles" to our lives, as opposed to dwelling in theory, we considered members' accounts of observations and applications relating to the principles and formulations of our discipline.
"GS for Skeptics"
Following-up on last meeting, we discussed a number of
"health" issues, such as the value of considering waist
to height ratio as a better predictor of heart disease
and diabetes risk than BMI.
So we resolved to keep our waist circumference to
less than half your height to help increase life
We discussed the motivation of
various skeptics and skeptic organisations, looking at
similarities and differences between GS and skepticism.
After some warm up exercises and puzzles we discussed
some GS formulations that sceptics could use. These
Abstracting processes - Cause
and effect at one level of abstraction does not cause at
another level of abstraction.
It’s just two different ways of describing the
Identification of levels of
abstraction, e.g. Fact inference confusion.
Identification of members in
Projection of evaluations.
Over generalisation, e.g.
homeopathy extrapolation when diluting substances.
etc, reminds us of
information left out such as alternative hypothesis.
This was shown by the chance alternative
hypothesis to dowsing.
Either Or language like pass
or fail and its distortion of what is going on.
Conflict resolution derives
from agreement and hence demonstration and hence
definition and ultimately correct symbolism.
Being aware of viewpoint and
abstraction one can disagree in a more agreeable manner.
We then tried to apply these
to more “real life” examples like differences between
people who like to minimise effort before or after use
of some item. We
also watched a video about a difference a couple had and
possible ways to resolve it.
We reflected on the year past and planned for the year ahead, in our
from others mistakes”
Normally when we talk about “Time-binding” (which means
learning from others / previous generations) we usually
talk about using their successes and building better
theories or bridges, etc, based on them.
At this session we
will look at the flip side and see what we can learn
from other’s mistakes, errors or incompetence, so as to
reduce or not repeat them ourselves. This has the
advantage of not paying the cost of our mistake, if we
learn just from our own mistakes.
The seminar will be
based on the book "The Psychology of Military
Incompetence" and an article “Why do some societies make
Led by David Hewson
Disclaimer: This "summary" is a collection of notes derived from our discussion by
various 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