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

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

General-Semantics...
" ...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: Dave Hewson's GS Quiz  


Our next Seminar ...

Saturday 10th December 2022  10am - 1pm Sydney time


 Reflections on the year past,
Anticipations of the year coming,
and "Perception and Reality"


Facilitator: Mr Jaison Tremain

We'll consider some material that seem to address interesting questions about perception and reality such as:

  * "Does colour exist in reality?”,
  * “Is the world a projection of my consciousness?”,
  * “Are we living in a matrix like ‘The Matrix’ movie?".

These questions are based on selections from Rudolf Steiner’s book ‘The Philosophy of Freedom’,
 which was first published in 1894.

We will consider these (and other) questions from the perspective of Rudolf Steiner’s book,
and of course from a general semantics perspective.

References:
  *
Rudolf Steiner and the Matrix
  * The Matrix vs Reality Part 2

When:
   Saturday 10th December 2022, 10am - 1pm Sydney time
   Friday 9th December 2022, 6pm - 9pm Ohio / New York time.

Where:
   On-line, by Zoom (Covid and 'flu safe!): Click here to join the meeting


Cost:
  Zero, Zilch - it's free!

Email: agssoc@hotmail.com

Web: www.ags.org.au

 

Other lovely seminars coming up:


* "How Language Shapes the Way We Think"
       
https://www.ted.com/talks/lera_boroditsky_how_language_shapes_the_way_we_think/up-next


* 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?


* The Exhilaraton of Scientific Method

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.


* "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 28th November 2022 

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