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    • 25 Jul 2024
    • 27 Jul 2024
    • The October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester St, London, UK, WC1N 3AL

    Navigating the Now: 

    A Guide to Recognizing

    What Is Going On

    A 3-Day In-Person

    General Semantics Seminar

    July 25-27


    The map is not the territory, the word is not the thing it describes. Whenever the map is confused with the territory, a ‘semantic disturbance’ is set up in the organism. The disturbance continues until the limitation of the map is recognized.

    Alfred Korzybski, Science and Sanity

    Korzybski’s study of language, perception, and consciousness provides us with some of the most essential and least recognized theories and methods to make sense of this era in which communication has become polarizing, and media is stirring the storm of confusion.

    General semantics is the name of the tradition of inquiry into language, thought, and abstracting that Korzybski founded. Join the Institute of General Semantics (based in New York City) in London, UK, for three days of theory and practical application, story and experiential learning, via an in-person seminar on general semantics and related non-aristotelian systems. The 3-day intensive course will include lecture, discussion, and exercises designed to provide participants with a thorough grounding in the discipline and its applications.

    For those unfamiliar with general semantics, the seminar will provide a comprehensive introduction to the tradition and its 21st century evolution. For those already familiar with the non-aristotelian approach, the course will provide reinforcement, enrichment, and an updating and expansion of the discipline. And for those interested in and/or involved in teaching, the seminar will provide useful guidance on pedagogy related to topics such as language, symbolic communication, thought and behavior, and epistemology and evaluation.

    During the seminar, we will explore how unexamined language behaviors perpetuate misperceptions of past and present controversies in professional and personal spaces. And we will determine which language and listening behaviors respect the infinite worth of each person in the interaction.

    The seminar leaders will include four trustees of the Institute of General Semantics: 

    Lance Strate, Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, President of the Institute of General Semantics, and author of 10 books including Media Ecology: An Approach to Understanding the Human Condition, and Concerning Communication: Epic Quests and Lyric Excursions Within the Human Lifeworld.

    Mary P. Lahman, Professor Emerita of Communication Studies at Manchester University, Trustee of the Institute of General Semantics, ECHO Certified Listening Practitioner, and author of Awareness and Action: A Travel Companion.

    Nora Bateson, President of the International Bateson Institute, Trustee of the Institute of General Semantics, Creator of Warm Data and the Warm Data labs, complexity/systems teacher, filmmaker, artist, and author of Small Arcs of Larger Circles, and Combining.

    Dom Heffer, East Yorkshire-based artist, Trustee of the Institute of General Semantics, Art Editor of the journal ETC: A Review of General Semantics, founding member of Feral Art School, and previously associated with The Estate of Francis Bacon, 2021 Visual Arts Centre, Ferens Art Gallery, Cultural Olympiad 2012, and UK City of Culture 2017.

    Margaret Cassidy, Professor of Communication at Adelphi University, President of the New York Society for General Semantics, editor of Explorations in Media Ecology, and author of Bookends: The Changing Media Environment of American Classrooms and Children, Media, and American History: Printed Poison, Pernicious Stuff, and Other Terrible Temptations.

    The seminar will be held over 3 full days (9 AM to 5 PM) on July 25th to 27th in London, UK, at the October Gallery

    The seminar fee is $500 for IGS members, $600 for non-members, and will cover the cost of course materials. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation, room, and board.

    We will try to accommodate everyone interested in attending the seminar, but space will necessarily will be limited, so register early to insure your participation!

    Course Schedule

    Day 1: The Map is Not the Territory

    Day 1 Morning

    9-10 Introductions

    10-11 The Map is Not the Territory

    11-12 Understanding Perception

    Lunch Break

    Day 1 Afternoon

    1:30-2:30 Sensory Awareness

    2:30-3:30 Structural Differential

    3:30-5:00 ‘Art’ and Awareness

    Day 2: The Word is Not the Thing

    Day 2 Morning 9-10 Form, Substance, Difference

    10-11 Verbal/Meta Awareness

    11-12 Abstracting, Reification, and the IFD Disease

    Lunch Break

    Day 2 Afternoon

    1:30-2:30 Non-Aristotelian Principles of Thought

    2:30-3:30 Extensional Orientation and Devices

    3:30-5:00 Semantic Relaxation

    Day 3: The Organism-as-a-Whole-in-an-Environment

    Day 3 Morning

    9-10 Facts and Statements

    10-11 Fact/Inference Test

    11-12 Language, Thought, and Metaphor

    Lunch Break

    Day 3 Afternoon

    1:30-2:30 Non-Elementalism and the Systems View

    2:30-3:30 Empiricism and Epistemology

    3:30-5:00 The Semantic Environment

    • 20 Sep 2024
    • 22 Sep 2024
    • The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park S, New York, NY 10003

    Registration is for 

    In-Person Attendance ONLY

    Click Here for the Call for Papers

    All IGS Members in Good Standing Will Receive Instructions on How to Livestream the Event Online Prior to the AKML

    The 72nd Annual 

    Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture

    and the Symposium on



    and Culture

    September 20th-22nd, 2024

    Co-Sponsored by the New York Society for General Semantics

    the International Bateson Institute

    the Media Ecology Association

    the Tomkins Institute

    and the 404 Festival of Art and Technology


    Maryann Wolf

    Dr. Maryann Wolf is a scholar, teacher, and advocate for children and literacy around the world. She is the Director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at the University of California Los Angeles in the School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA and the former John DiBiaggio Professor of  Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. She has authored over 170 scientific publications; Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (15 translations; HarperCollins, 2007); Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2016); and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital Culture (12 translations; HarperCollins, 2018). She is co-author with Martha Denckla of the RAN/RAS naming speed tests, a universal predictor of dyslexia, and the creator of the RAVE-O Intervention Program for all struggling readers. She has received multiple awards for her contributions to the neuroscience of reading; the major awards from the International Dyslexia Association and the Einstein Award from the Dyslexia Foundation for her dyslexia research; and the Media Ecology Association's Walter Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship for her work on the effects of different media on the intellectual development of the species. Most recently, she was elected a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of Science.

    Dr. Wolf's Korzybski Lecture is entitled:

    Deep Reading in a Digital Milieu:

    The Beauty, the Threats, and Choice

    This lecture will use research from cognitive neuroscience to present an evolving portrait of the reading brain in a digital world, where the threat of continuous distraction competes with the perception of beauty and meaning in written language. An understanding of how different media shape and influence the development and use of deep reading processes will be used to discuss the antidote of choice by the reader, as well as the potential repercussions for our society and democracy.

    The lecture, dinner, and symposium are being held at the historic Players Club in Gramercy Park, Manhattan. 

    Registration is free for IGS members and their guests, but all attendees must be registered in advance in order to gain admittance to the club. More information regarding the dinner and symposium schedule will be made available at a later date.

    Please note that as an historic 18th century landmark, the site is not handicap accessible. Dress code is business casual and is strictly enforced, including no sneakers, shorts, ripped jeans, t-shirts).

Past events

1 May 2024 Film Screening: Man on a Mission
27 Apr 2024 Non-Aristotelian Perspectives, Ecological Approaches, and the Anthropocene II Symposium
4 Mar 2024 Language and Thought Online Course
15 Feb 2024 Michelle Shocked & bluerace In Concert
12 Dec 2023 "I Feel, Therefore I Am": Reviewing the Thought and Work of Silvan Tomkins
22 Nov 2023 The Calculus as A Psychological Tool
27 Oct 2023 AKML and Symposium
16 Oct 2023 So You Want to Change the World? A Hitchhiker's Guide to Subversive Thinking
18 Sep 2023 Comprehending & Minimizing Interpersonal Conflict: An Adaptation of Laing, Philipson, & Lee’s Interpersonal Perception Method
7 Aug 2023 Language and Thought Online Course
19 Jun 2023 General Semantics Seminar
25 May 2023 Some Perspective on the Perspective of Communication and Media Revolutions
29 Apr 2023 Ecologies of Mind, Media, and Meaning 2 Symposium
25 Apr 2023 Film Screening: The Frontier Gandhi
26 Mar 2023 General Semantics and Epistemics: The Science-Art of Innovating
21 Feb 2023 EmpathyA is not EmpathyB is not EmpathyC
31 Jan 2023 What is Warm Data?
12 Dec 2022 Metaphors and Definitions: A General Semantics Look at the Language of Pain, Addiction, and the Opioid Epidemic
11 Nov 2022 Challenging Some Common-Sense Notions About Language
28 Oct 2022 The Issue of Is: A Commentary on the Case Against the Verb “To Be”
7 Oct 2022 AKML and Symposium
29 Sep 2022 How to Improve Your Thinking and Communicating Ability Using General Semantics
21 Sep 2022 The Map is Not the Territory
25 Jun 2022 Science, Sanity, and the Semantic Environment II: An Online Symposium
6 Apr 2022 Totem and Taboo in Contemporary Talk
1 Oct 2021 AKML and Symposium

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