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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 11th June 2022

"Pacifism and the Notion of 'a Just War' "

facilitated by Robert James

Guest Presenter: Mr David Purnell
from the Canberra Quakers and the Social Developers Network!

"The notion of a 'just war' - is this an oxymoron?"  

Alfred Korzybski thought that it was about time for the 'Manhood of Humanity', and that World War I would be the "War to End all Wars" etc.

So we ask ourselves eg ...

  * "To be, or not to be?"

  * Is general semantics a pacifist ideology?

  * Is it "true" that "All is fair in love and War"?

  * Can we be effective time-binders
     when "the other party" does not play by the same rules?

  * How can we use GS to assess the merits of fight or flight
     when all negotiations are exhausted?

  * Is it ever acceptable to engage in lethal combat when "we cannot walk away"? 

  * When should we "turn the other cheek" in the face of intolerable oppression?

  * What about in the school-yard, at work, with friends or lovers, or in your marriage / partnership?

"All" will be explained (not)
when we meet to discuss.

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We have a very special Guest Presenter: Mr David Purnell, from the Canberra Quaker community, who comes from a very long association with our Laurie Cox and the Social Developers Network.
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   Saturday 11th June 2022 10 am - 1pm (Sydney time),
   Friday 27th May 6 pm (Montreal, Ohio time).

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

  Zero, Zilch - it's free!



Other lovely seminars coming up:

* "How Language Shapes the Way We Think"

* Making Meaning through FaceBook, and the Googalisation of Everything

Jeanne loved this presentation by University of Virginia Professor of Media Studies and the Law Siva Vaidhyanathan: the AKML 2021 lecture. She would be happy to share some thoughts on this.

* 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?

* "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!



Last updated by Robert James 15th May 2022 

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