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

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

" ...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, due to Covid-19 "separation rules"
For details 
Contact AGS

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

Our last seminar: David Hewson's presentation:
 Introduction to General Semantics

Our next Seminar ...
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 tmes - 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 predudice, the nature and dangers of advertising from a linguistic perspective.

  Saturday 14th October 2023, 10am - 1pm Sydney time
  Friday 13th October 2023, 8pm – 11 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

  Zero, Zilch - it's free!




Other lovely seminars coming up:

* "How Language Shapes the Way We Think"

* 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) ...

Watch this website, or Contact AGS for details!



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Last updated by Robert James 26"th August 2023 

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