Australian General Semantics Society Inc.


Saturday 21st October 2023
10am Sydney time, on line via Zoom 

"How Language Shapes the Way We Think"

Facilitator: Robert James  

We met as usual "on Zoom",
with people from Sydney, Canberra, South Coast, Victoria, Ohio and Montreal - Welcome everyone!

Following the usual catch-ups and preliminaries,
we launched into a presentation and discussion.

Here's the content of our presentation:   

Seminar Presentation and links etc    (Use the "Start Slideshow" button at top-right)


  * 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.

  Saturday 21st October 2023, 10am - 1pm Sydney time
  Friday 20th October 2023, 7pm – 10 pm Ohio / New York time.
  Please check your time zone, as daylight savings has changed.

   On-line, by Zoom (Covid and 'flu safe!): Click here to join the meeting

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Next meeting:  Saturday 25th November 2023   10am - 1pm (Sydney time)  by Zoom

David Hewson Gillam


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.

If anyone has been misquoted, copyrights infringed or confidences betrayed, please
contact us.


Australian General Semantics Society

Updated by Robert james
21st October 2023