We're pretty familiar with the concepts of "time
binding", "consciousness of abstracting" and "The map is
not the territory". But is that "all" there is to
Led by Robert James
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.
After a brief introduction to Korzybski’s
background and motivation we covered some “basic”
wrote: "We need not blind ourselves with the old dogma that
'human nature cannot be changed', for we find that it can be
changed, i.e. changing premises from P1 => P2
discussed (inter alia):
Revision from last
"GS for "Beginners - Applications to Health Care"
presentation last month on some of the "favourite" g-s principles /
formulations, such as map-territory and non-absolutism.
focussed on applications to
promote good health for all of us, particularly in
relation to weight management.
David's "Mega List"of 90 of our Favourate Formulations
We surveyed David's "List
of Our Most Loved Formulations",
the scope and grandeur of it.
Because of our space-time and
capacity-to-concentrate limitations, we did not
undertake a systematic study of the list contents, but
rather a less structured game of "RJ's "Formulations Bingo".
This entailed players selecting a clutch of
Formulation Cards, undertaking to make some statements
about them, and inviting questions and sicussion.
This evoked a lively interchange of explanations, lookup
into reference sources, questions, anecdotes and
recounting of experiences.
We do not, of course,
have arguments, but a certain amount of exchange of
views is always encouraged.
Focus on Habits -
Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits ... "
Some of the g-s formulations relate to our habitual
behaviour, and our attempts to harness habits as a
servant rather than a master.
Observation of the phenomenal
success of Covey's work ...
Comparative examples of promotional material:
an öld school"presentation:
Irving Lee GS Video (1952)
and an impressive new format:
Stephen Covey's "Habits" video
Covey's Habit-2: "Begin with
the end in mind":
application of some formulations -
Remember from a
couple of months ago, some Buddhist principles ...
From the "Eight-Fold Path",
of "Right Speech",
Ïnterpretation of this as an application of
Now for some
Assign some Labels to our perception of
We reflected on the year past and planned for the year ahead, in our
Sat 24 June
"GS for Skeptics"
- What does skepticism
and GS have in common?
- How can Skeptics benefit from GS
Led by David Hewson
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