at "Cifftop View" Bonnet Bay in Sydney was
graciously 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.
We reviewed David's presentation last month, on "Habits for
Highly Effective People"
Some 'Definitions' and notions about 'Truth"
selection of quotations about truth were reviewed with respect
to the application of some general semantic formulations.
We were impressed to observe how many of the respected
"truths" in our culture reflected the key principles of our g-s
3. Managing Truth - Chris James's "Beyond Truth"
Chris contributed some reflections
stemming from his play "Beyond Truth" which was performed in a
number of countries and Australian locations.
the "Two Truths and a Lie" game, to test ourselves in purveying
untruths, and in detecting them as purveyed by others!
4. Managing Truth - Gossip
We discussed our personal
responsibility ro be bearers of "the thruth as we know it",
keeping in mind the loss of detail and impositions of
assumptions, cultural values and personal prejudices imposed by
the abstraction process (as illustrated on the Structural
One theme that we followed in detail
related to the "spreading of gossip" ...
centred on a number of video presentations and prepared
Reasons Why Gossip is Poison. And 3 Ways to Stop It."
"The Truth About Gossip - Oprah's
on the Hidden Damage of Gossip" - SuperSoul Sessions
"The Danger of
Gossip: Jeff Conway at TED"
eg: "Sticks and stones can break my bones,
but words will never hurt me ... "
5. Some "Classical G-S Presentation:
We always try to "exploit time-binding value" by
building on our g-s colleagues' work. So today, we
discussed a number of these, including:
"Facts and Inferences"
GS & Post-Truth
* "Post Truth,
Alternate Facts, & Fake News" (Lance Strate)
NY Soc for GS
* And we always try to include
something from our friend Milton Dawes, eg:
Milton Dawes -
"In Pursuit of the Ideal of Personal Excellence through
6. Living with
and Communicating Truth - Our Perceptions and Environment
We focussed on
a number of contemporary issues, in particular the notion of "Toxic
Masculinity", as per the handout.
Mediated Truth that we are exposed to
Our world is
quite full of information ("an overflow for most of us"), so we
considered some of the things that we are exposed to such as:
The Challenge of "Moral Relativism" vs "Absolute Values"
and our need for true leadership
Bushisms - "Fool me once ... " (1:08)
"Fool me once, shame on you .. Fool me
twice, shame on me!
* and the dangers of
"absolutely false" media content.
Trump, May, Obama etc.
Other subjects considered, with hand-out materials, eg:
Perfectly possible to live in a Post-Truth Era!",
* "Truth Out -
Climate Change Denial",
* "What 'makes'
someone Accept or Reject Informatiom?",
Alternate Facts, & Fake News",
* "Urban Myths
reporting in newspapers and magazines",
Politicians are Allowed to Lie",
* "The Future of
the Post |Truth World".
We did not necessarily "resolve"
all these issues, but we had some fun and learning experience in
working with them!