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"The reality we manage to get into our heads is largely that reality which is abstracted through our symbol systems."
Anon

Time-binding: "The uniquely human ability to build on the accumulated knowledge of others, potentially to an exponential degree."

General-Semantics...
" ...teaches us how symbols are related to experience so as to make it less likely that we take too seriously the absurd or dangerous nonsense that within every culture passes for philosophy, wisdom, and political argument."

Aldous Huxley

"Experience shows that when the methods of general semantics are applied, the results are usually beneficial, whether in law, medicine, business, etc., be they in family, national, or international fields. If they are not applied, but merely talked about, no results can be expected."
Alfred Korzybski

 


The Australian General Semantics Society (AGS)
is an incorporated association, first established in 1989 by Laurie Cox.

We are located in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, Australia. 
Our resources include:
    * Seminars in-oerson and on-line, on the foundations and application of GS,
    * Discussion groups: to participate in further study of General-Semantics,
    * A library of hundreds of books, articles, and various media on GS,
    * Affiliation and correspondence with the Institute for General Semantics,
    * Friendly, energetic, active people leading focussed and engaged lives.
 
Meetings are currently held on-line.  Details are published on this website.
 
Contact AGS

Due to changing circumstances, event schedules may change.
Email reminders are sent about 10 days before each event.


~ Recent Additions to the AGS Website ~

 Our last seminar:
Professor Lance Strate, President of the General Semantics Institute (New York)
at Univeristy of Sydney on 15th June 2024:

"Map, Territory and Environment"

<See the YouTube recording>

     

 


Special Event ...

"Map, Territory and Environment"

Professor Lance Strate,
President of the Institute of General Semantics (New York)

Saturday 15th June 2024  at 10am
in Sydney  (and by Zoom)

 <See the YouTube>

We're looking forwards to meeting Professor Lance Strate in Sydney on 15 June 2024.

Dr Lance Strate is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City, and President of the Institute of General Semantics will be visiting Sydney.

He plans to address our AGS group on Saturday the 15th June at 10am, which will be held in person at Sydney University. It will also be shared online via Zoom.

“The map is not the territory” is Alfred Korzybski’s best known aphorism, and represents a central tenet for the discipline of general semantics. In this seminar, we will consider what is meant by “map” and what is meant by “territory” with the understanding that our main concern is with map-territory relationships.

Along with reviewing some of the basics of general semantics, and in the interests of avoiding a two-valued orientation, Dr. Strate will also incorporate a third term, “environment” and discuss its implications.

        When: 
              Sydney time: Saturday 15th June 2024, 10am - 1pm

              New York / Ohio time: Friday 14th May 2024,  8pm - 11pm (apologies for lateness!).
              (Please check your time zone)
              
        Where: In person:
              University of Sydney: S226 John Woolley Building, Science Road,
              Entrance at the glass sliding doors level 2 East side of building.
              There is some parking outside the Woolley Building and nearby.
              Easy access: See the Map

           and on-line:
              by Zoom (Covid and 'flu safe!):
             
Click here to join the meeting
 
 
       Cost:    None - It's free!

        Lunchies:
            
 Optional, after the seminar, at own cost
              eg the Forest Lodge Hotel, across the Parramatta Rd footbridge.

        Email:  
agssoc@hotmail.com

        

 


Special Event ...


 "The Future of Knowledge and the Fate of Wisdom
in the Age of Information"

A presentation by Prof. Lance Strate,
President of the Institute of General Semantics (New York)

Monday 17th June 2024
at Sydney University  (and by Zoom)

Dr Lance Strate is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City, and President of the Institute of General Semantics will be visiting Sydney.

Professor Strate will be presenting this lecture at Sydney University. 

Attendance in person or by Zoom is free!



Other lovely seminars coming up:


* Rachel Lauer’s Stages of understanding.
(Details TBA)


* Timebinding - its formulation, implications and trends. 
"Fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by other's experience." (Bismarck).  
An example of timebinding off others that have gone before.


* RJ's un-Pula GS Glossary (under construction):

A collaborative project, incorporating 20 years of AGS
 studies and discussions.


* Baby Boomers in Popular Culture 

How can we keep up with technology
 and dynamic culture,
and engage with our children and their children?
Are Korzybski’s extensional devices sufficient,
or do we need some new ones?


  * Ed MacNeal's "General Semantics - Then and Now"

Edward MacNeal held the position of executive secretary of the International Society for General Semantics in the late 1940s, works as an aviation consultant, and has written several notable books, including The Semantics of Air Passenger Transportation; Mathsemantics: Making Numbers Talk Sense; and MacNeal's Master Atlas of Decision Making (published 1997).


* Science without Soul

On 13th November 2020,
IGS Secretary Vanessa Biard-Schaeffer
addressed the Italian Senate
for the celebration of the UN 2020 Philosophy Day,
   on the theme “Science Without Soul.”


* More of Marty Levinson's 'Modern Fairy Tales

What significance can we draw from these?
Why are the 'traditional' fairy tales so durable? 
Is there a possible role for new fictional creations in GS?


* "Examples of GS Formulations in the Media"
   (by Dion, held-over from 21 May 1999)

Clips from movies/cartoons/comedy shows, etc,
that extensionally show up some problems
like fact-inference confusion (jumping to conclusions) ...



Australian General Semantics Society Incorporated
Incorporated Association No: INC9881458
Constitution (DOC format, to download)

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