"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."
"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."
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.
Due to changing circumstances, event schedules may change.
Email reminders are sent about 10 days before each event.
Our last seminar: Jaison Tremain's "Reality - Is Colour Really 'Real'?"
Our next Seminar ...
Saturday 18th February 2023 10am - 1pm Sydney time
"The Exhilaration of the Scientific Method"
Facilitator: Mr Robert James
Our world is unpredictable and full of contradictions, and navigating its complexities while trying to make the best decisions is far from easy.
We will take eight short lessons on how to unlock the clarity, empowerment, and joy of thinking and living a little more scientifically, to get the most out of life.
Let's engage with the world as scientists have been trained to do. The scientific method has served humankind well in its quest to see things as they really are, and underpinning the scientific method are core principles that can help us all navigate modern life more confidently.
We will consider eg:
* the nature of truth and uncertainty,
* the role of doubt,
* the pros and cons of simplification,
* the value of guarding against bias,
* the importance of evidence-based thinking,
* ... etc ...
We will see how the powerful ideas at the heart of the scientific method are deeply relevant to the complicated times we live in and the difficult choices we make.
Let's re-discover the joy of science. It will empower us to think more objectively, see through the fog of our own preexisting beliefs, and lead a more fulfilling life.
Saturday 18th February 2023, 10am - 1pm Sydney time
Friday 17th February 2023, 6pm - 9pm Ohio / New York time.
Watch this website, or Contact AGS for details!
Last updated by Robert James 10th December 2022
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