20th November 2022
8pm Sydney time,
on line via Zoom
Basic general semantics formulatons
in the format of an "Un-Trivia Quiz"!
Quiz Master: The enigmatic David Hewson
This was a seminar like Laurie Cox used to
give, (i.e. on the basics) but with a
"Trivia Quiz" format.
off with questions about what GS studies.
Then we looked at how humans interact with
words, including our ability to make out
meaning even in a lot of noise, e.g.
Students had no trouble working out what
“Ze mup 15 nut ze terror story. Al5r3d
We reviewed some
errors that early people made about
astronomy (e.g. the stationary Earth) and
that lead into questions on errors they
made with language use like the “is of
predication” otherwise known as projection
and the “is of identity”.
covered the scientific method and
Korzybski’s idea about people behaving
like animals and not timebinders.
More questions related to our use and
misuse of words. Then we covered GS
formulations like: non-allness,
abstraction, facts, space-time,
non-Euclidean geometry and multi-meaning
as well as faulty premises.
final wrapped it up with questions on the
extensional devices and either/or
Most of the
formulations came from:
* Words and what
they do to you: Beginning lessons in
general semantics ... by
Catherine Minteer (1965),
Habits in Human Affairs by Irving Lee
* Making Sense:
Exploring Semantics and Critical Thinking by
Robert R. Potter (1978)
When: Logon after 8:00 pm Sydney time (5 am New York time!) for a chat with others
and a 8:15pm seminar start.
On-line, by Zoom (Covid and 'flu safe!):
Zero, Zilch - it's free!
17th December 2022
10am - 1pm (Sydney time)
Reflections on the
of the year coming,
and "A GS Perspective
on Owen Barfield's book
'Saving the Appearances' "
by Mr Jaison Tremain
This "summary" is a collection of
notes provided by the presenter and/or
derived from our discussion by a number
of means. It is by no means a
scolarly dissertation on the subject(s)
as presented. It does not purport
to be the "policy of AGS".
Comment and criticism (constructive and
otherwise) is welcome.
has been misquoted, copyrights infringed
or confidences betrayed, please
Australian General Semantics Society
24th November 2022