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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.

Saturday 27th November 2021
10am Sydney time 

"100th Anniversary of Alfred Korzybski's First Major Work:
'Manhood of Humanity"

      Well, has Humanity grown-up in the following 100 years -
      Do we see any infantile behaviour in our personal, family, community, national or global life?
      What can general semantics contribute to our maturing process ... "

      Led by David Hewson and Robert James.

We'll review this extraordinary work and celebrate its 100th Anniversary!

Formulations to know for the day:
 * projection,
 * identification,
 * correct symbolism to fact,
 * viewpoint / “to me”,
 * agreeing to disagree agreeably,
 * alternative hypotheses,
 * abstraction processes
      * over generalising,
      * either/or distortion and filtering, etc.

The general format of the day will be:
10:00 am – 10:15 am logging onto Zoom and general catch up
10:15 am – 11:15 am Robert presents his overview of “Manhood of Humanity”,
11:15 am – 12:15 pm David presents his view of “Manhood of Humanity”, and focusses on Timebinding
12:15 pm 12:30 short break for drink, food etc.
12:30 pm – 1pm general discussion and wrap up
(All times are local Sydney times).

Led by David Hewson and Robert James.

When: Logon after 7 pm Friday 26th November New York time.

Where: On-line, by Zoom:  Click here to join the meeting.

Cost: Free for Zoom participants. Membership for the year is $25.


Contact: Australian General Semantics Society:

And from 1-3 October 2021:
the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture
and Symposium
Accessible on-line, from New York!

Come along (by Zoom!) to the AKML 2021 and Symposium in New York 1-3 October 2021!


Other seminars coming up

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.

Demalogics = Decision Making Logics

This is a relatively new part of GS formulated by Ed MacNeal.  What does it cover and what is it useful for?

We will use the information to gain new insights into life.

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?

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?

  * and this one,
    which was to be presented by Dion on 21 May 1999:

    "Examples of GS Formulations in the Media":
    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!



Last updated by Robert James 25th November 2021 

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