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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.  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:
  Robert's January presentation: "Navigating the Mind: General Semantics Approach to Trauma Recovery"


Our next Seminar ...

Saturday 6th April 2024 10am-1pm Sydney time   (by Zoom)

"Aligning the Map with the Territory (Reality)"

Facilitator: Jaison Tremain

Given that we experience 'maps' of reality, let's discuss map-making,
and consider tips to construct better maps with more accurately align with the territory
and help create greater sanity!

  Sydney time: Saturday 6th April 2024, 10am - 1pm

             New York time: Friday 5th April 2024,  6pm - 9pm.
Where:  On-line, by Zoom (Covid and 'flu safe!):

             Click here to join the meeting

Cost:    Zero, Zilch - it's free!




Other lovely seminars coming up:

* "Disinformation: a General Semantics Perspective"

Disinformation - the deliberate provision of misleading information - can be unravelled through Alfred Korzybski's profound insights into language and the impact of symbols.  His work provides a unique  perspective applicable to understanting deceptive narratives.
Presented by: Mr John Gillam

We have the PDF paper (for download) and video recording of
John's AGS presentation in July 2023 for reference.

In such a fast-moving field, relevant to our daily lives, John's new insights and analysis will surely bring to us some value and special interest!

* 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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