Australian General Semantics Society Inc.




(Some of the) AGS Events so far in 2023

Saturday 18th February 2023

"The Exhilaration of the Scientific Method"

Facilitator: Robert James 

Our world is unpredictable and full of contradictions, and navigating its complexities while trying to make the best decisions is far from easy.

We took eight short lessons on how to unlock the clarity, empowerment, and joy of thinking and living a little more scientifically, to get the most out of life.

Click here for the detailed notes and links etc.



Saturday 15th April 2023  10am - 1pm Sydney time

 "An Introduction to the Epistemological Profile of Bois et al"

Facilitator: Mr David Hewson

We looked at the first four stages of the profile, that discuss various levels of understanding of our knowledge about the world, i.e. epistemology.

First we reviewed some GS formulations to give context, to better understand the levels. Formulations like: expectations, stress, either/or, projection, identification, fact-inference confusion, logical fate, abstracting, etc.

We thought that it was important to cover this in relation to:
  * Follow-up on an introduction to Einstein’s relativity theory, as requested,
  * Issues raised by Jaison’s talk, e.g. “Are we living in a matrix like ‘The Matrix’ movie?”,
  * Epistemological levels give useful context to those topics.

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Saturday 27th May 2023  10am - 1pm Sydney time

 "Artificial Intelligence (AI) - Making Human Intelligence Obsolete?"

Facilitator: Robert James

What next ... ?

   On-line, by Zoom (Covid and 'flu safe!)

  Zero, Zilch - it's free!



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Saturday 22nd July 2023  10am-1pm Sydney time  (by Zoom)

 "Exploring the Intersection of Generative AI
and Human Communication:
Insights from Jung, Korzybski and McLuhan"

Presenter: Mr John Gillam

Carl Jung (1875-1961), Alfred Korzybski (1879-1950), and Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) were influential thinkers whose ideas have greatly contributed to our understanding of human communication and that they have significant relevance to the development of generative AI.

Each of them provides a unique perspective and set of concepts that sheds light on the intricate nature of communication and its implications in the digital age. Moreover, they were all contemporaries during their careers.

Saturday 26th August 2023
10am Sydney time 

"Introduction to GS"

facilitated by David Hewson

David Hewson is an experienced student and practitioner of  general semantics, having attended a number of educational programmes in the United States, and led numerous seminars etc. with AGS in Australia.

Today he joined us to share his experiences and insights in the formulations of general semantics (GS), and its applications in our everyday lives.

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... and our lovely Annual General Meeting!

25th August 2023

Attendance / Apologies / Annual Reports / Speeches, Election of Office-bearers ... etc ...

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Saturday 21st October 2023  10am-1pm Sydney time  (by Zoom)

 "How Language Shapes the Way we Think"

Facilitator: Robert James


  * Lera Boroditsky's Ted Talk:
  "How Language Shapes the Way we Think"

  Cognitive scientist Boroditski's Ted Talk has been read more that 20,000,000 times - The language there must have some meaning!

  * Samuel Hayakawa:
  "Language in Thought and Action"

  "Provocative and erudite ... ", one of the classics of general semantics, examines the relationship between racial and religious prejudice, the nature and dangers of advertising from a linguistic perspective.

Click here for the detailed notes and links etc.

Saturday 25th November 2023

"Either-or: An In-Depth Analysis"

facilitated by David Hewson

One of Korzybski’s main motivations was to avoid unnecessary wars

"Either/Or” evaluations can lead to war,

e.g. “Either you are for us or against us.”

This seminar looked at some of the Aristotelian assumptions/premises that lead to people using an either/or evaluation method.

We also looked at other habits that may lead to a limited number of solutions.

Finally we came come up with GS methods to avoid this misevaluating.

This was conducted from the viewpoints of GS, philosophy, psychology and language use/cognitive science.





Updated by RJ 11:20am
25th November 2023

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