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  • 1 Feb 2022 3:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our long-awaited and eighth double issue 78:1-2 (2021) of ETC: A Review of General Semantics is in the mail and is now available for download from the IGS Store in searchable PDF format.

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    “Conscious of Abstraction” by Dom Heffer

    “General Semantics and All That Jazz” by Geof Bradfield/Ben Goldberg/Dana Hall Trio, and Anne Philips, with Thom Gencarelli, Lance Strate, and Ed Tywoniak

    “Excerpts from Dear Fellow Time-Binder: Letters on General Semantics” by Chris Mayer

    “‘I Hear You!’: Comments on the Sound Practice of Listening” by Lance Strate

    “Anticipatory Anxiety” by Milton Dawes

    “Interpersonal Time: A Neglected Dimension” by Joseph A. Devito

    “Are We What We Think We Are Not?” by Vijay Rangachari

    “The Art of Clear Thinking” by Martin H. Levinson

    “Dating American Disunity” by Martin H. Levinson

    “Dating Western Poetry” by Martin H. Levinson

    “Just for the Habitat: A Fanciful Tale on the Birth of General Semantics” by Martin H. Levinson

    “Waiting for the Squeeze to ‘Squooze’: Wallstreetbets and General Semantics” by Michael Quinn

    “A Prophet Sowing Golden Words: A Semantic Parable with a Happy Ending” by Richard Fiordo

    “September 11, 2001: Recollections of a New York City Police Officer” by Suzanne G. Beyer

    “The Wrought Iron Fence: Another Layer of History” by Suzanne G. Beyer

    “Ises Don’t, and Nouns Are Not” by NonistJohn Schaeffer

    “The Real-Time Blues” by NonistJohn Schaeffer

    “General Semantics ‘Action Plans’” by Mary Lahman

    “Action Plan: Self-Reflexiveness” by Erin Hickle, Marissa Carr, and Mary Lahman

    Plus Letter from the Editor.

    Cover Art

    On the Cover: Anthony Housman - Still Life (Half Dish). 2008. Acrylic on canvas. 25cm x 35cm.

  • 28 Dec 2021 3:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In 1948, the Institute of General Semantics hosted a Summer Seminar-Workshop at Millbrook School in New York. In 2020, IGS released over 15 hours of digitized audio recordings from that course.

    After uncovering more audio recordings from the course, including several lectures by Alfred Korzybski and additional lecturing by Irving J. Lee, today IGS announces the release of "version 2.0" for the audio collection. This newly expanded collection contains 37 additional audio files, totaling around 24 hours of audio from the 1948 Summer Seminar-Workshop.  This expanded collection is now available for listening and download from the IGS Store.

    The recordings reflect a wide range of speakers, general semantics lessons, and teacher-student interactions. They were digitized and enhanced in 2020-2021 from reels rescued from the Institute of General Semantics archives.

    Included with the MP3 album of 62 audio files is the Listener's Guide for IGS 1948 Summer Seminar-Workshop by Ben Hauck, which meticulously brings together archival information about the course -- from its planning to names of those in attendance, and more.

    In addition to Alfred Korzybski lecturing on a wide range of topics in the seminar portion of the retreat, and introducing Douglas Kelley at a point, the following general semantics lecturers speak in the recordings on these subjects and others:

    • Stuart Chase - House on Un-American Activities
    • William Exton, Jr. - Audio-Visual Aids, Maps, Non-Verbal Symbols
    • Harry Holtzman - Visual Art; Abstract Art
    • Douglas Kelley - Work of Adelbert Ames, Jr., Psychiatry, Structure, Function of the Human Nervous System, Conditioned Reflexes; On Magic; Prejudice, and Question & Answer Session
    • M. Kendig - Introduction to Allen Walker Read; Neuro-Linguistic, Neuro-Semantic Environments on Teaching and Writing General Semantics
    • Irving J. Lee - Statements of Fact, Inferencing; Question & Answer Session
    • Allen Walker Read - Semantic Guide
    • Sam Rosen - Using General Semantics in Medical Situations

    Approximate Running Time: ~24 hours

    These audio recordings and listener's guide complement the motion picture produced during the 1948 course:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qep9ppZ0oK0

    This audio collection is available as a downloadable ZIP file including 62 MP3 audio files and a listener's guide PDF with photographs.

    NOTE: The ZIP file is 270MB, a large file. You have 4 days from the moment of purchase to complete the download, and 4 attempts to succeed.  Only order when you have enough time to download the file to a computer or external hard drive with enough space. To open the ZIP, you may need to extract the contents of the ZIP file with additional free software.

  • 28 Dec 2021 3:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In 1948, the Institute of General Semantics hosted a Summer Seminar-Workshop at Millbrook School in New York. In 2020, IGS released over 15 hours of digitized audio recordings from that course.

    After uncovering more audio recordings from the course, including several lectures by Alfred Korzybski and additional lecturing by Irving J. Lee, today IGS announces the release of "version 2.0" for the audio collection. This newly expanded collection contains 37 additional audio files, totaling around 24 hours of audio from the 1948 Summer Seminar-Workshop.  This expanded collection is now available for listening and download from the IGS Store.

    The recordings reflect a wide range of speakers, general semantics lessons, and teacher-student interactions. They were digitized and enhanced in 2020-2021 from reels rescued from the Institute of General Semantics archives.

    Included with the MP3 album of 62 audio files is the Listener's Guide for IGS 1948 Summer Seminar-Workshop by Ben Hauck, which meticulously brings together archival information about the course -- from its planning to names of those in attendance, and more.

    In addition to Alfred Korzybski lecturing on a wide range of topics in the seminar portion of the retreat, and introducing Douglas Kelley at a point, the following general semantics lecturers speak in the recordings on these subjects and others:

    • Stuart Chase - House on Un-American Activities
    • William Exton, Jr. - Audio-Visual Aids, Maps, Non-Verbal Symbols
    • Harry Holtzman - Visual Art; Abstract Art
    • Douglas Kelley - Work of Adelbert Ames, Jr., Psychiatry, Structure, Function of the Human Nervous System, Conditioned Reflexes; On Magic; Prejudice, and Question & Answer Session
    • M. Kendig - Introduction to Allen Walker Read; Neuro-Linguistic, Neuro-Semantic Environments on Teaching and Writing General Semantics
    • Irving J. Lee - Statements of Fact, Inferencing; Question & Answer Session
    • Allen Walker Read - Semantic Guide
    • Sam Rosen - Using General Semantics in Medical Situations

    Approximate Running Time: ~24 hours

    These audio recordings and listener's guide complement the motion picture produced during the 1948 course:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qep9ppZ0oK0

    This audio collection is available as a downloadable ZIP file including 62 MP3 audio files and a listener's guide PDF with photographs.

    NOTE: The ZIP file is 270MB, a large file. You have 4 days from the moment of purchase to complete the download, and 4 attempts to succeed.  Only order when you have enough time to download the file to a computer or external hard drive with enough space. To open the ZIP, you may need to extract the contents of the ZIP file with additional free software.

  • 22 Dec 2021 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the first episode of the Hilaritas Press Podcast, Institute of General Semantics trustee Dom Heffer speaks in depth about Alfred Korzybski.

    The podcast focuses on people who "influenced and inspired Robert Anton Wilson," and Korzybski is among those who influenced Wilson.



    Click here to listen to the podcast and find it on podcast apps »

  • 21 Dec 2021 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To the IGS YouTube account, we have added a curated set videos of presentations from the 69th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture and its subsequent Two-Day General Semantics Symposium, sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics, and co-sponsored by the Media Ecology Association and the New York Society for General Semantics.

    The entire event was held at the Players Club in New York City, October 1-3, 2021.

    The videos are compiled into a sequential playlist that mirrors the sequence of events from the weekend.

    Watch individual entries from the playlist »

  • 20 Aug 2021 3:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Institute of General Semantics is pleased to announce the publication of Signal Reactions and Other Poems, an illustrated collection of verse by Martin H. Levinson, with photography by Katherine Liepe-Levinson.

    About the Book

    The title of this book, Signal Reactions, refers to a general semantics (GS) term signifying an instant, unthinking, subjective response to a person, place, thing, or event. These responses rarely work out well but they are so instinctive it is hard to resist them. Delaying our reactions gives us time to think about what is going on in situations, which can help us to respond more effectively.

    Some examples of signal and delayed reactions can be seen in the poems " The Most Exasperated Person in America" (p. 93) and "Summer's End" (pp. 139-140).

    The book is part of the IGS Language in Action series, which publishes books devoted to creative modes of expression that can open the doors of perception, and foster better understandings of the nature of language, symbols, communication, and the semantic, technological, and media environments that we inhabit.

    Institute members can purchase the book at a discount through the IGS Store (linked below) or through online retailers.

  • 28 Jul 2021 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our long-awaited and seventh double issue 77:3-4 (2020) of ETC: A Review of General Semantics is in the mail and is now available for download from the IGS Store in searchable PDF format.

    Table of Contents Preview

    "Legality’s Plot to Murder Ethics: A Myth for Our Times" by Corey Anton

    "Alfred Korzybski and... Warren Buffet" by Christopher W. Mayer

    "The Ethics of Innovation" by Lance Strate

    "Entropy Binding: A General Semantics of Environmental Consciousness" by Ashwin Vaidya

    "Pandemic Language: A Battle for Control over More than the Virus" by Laura Tropp and Susan Behrens

    "A General Semanticist View of the COVID Pandemic" by Savitha Sukumar

    "COVID-19: A Metaphorical Analysis" by Sabrina Boyd

    "From Aristophanes to Stephen Colbert: Time-Binding Western Satire" by Martin H. Levinson

    "Crossword Puzzles: Mapping the Territory" by Martin H. Levinson

    "Listener’s Guide to the Institute of General Semantics 1948 Summer Seminar-Workshop Audio Recordings" by Ben Hauck

    "Jo Creelman’s Creative Writing Pieces Related in Different Ways to General Semantics" by Pete Creelman and Jo Creelman

    "Bureaucratic Ethos in Urban Legends" by Brett Lunceford

    "Lost in Thought versus Down-to-Earth Orientations—Advancing the Interplay of Intensional and Extensional Meanings: A Small Step" by Richard Fiordo

    "Metaphor Analysis" by Sanhaya Soi

    "A Symphony of Languages" by Suzanne G. Beyer

    "Living Better with General Semantics: Updating Outdated Beliefs to Become Better Aligned with Reality" by Jaison Tremain

    Poems:
    "Mind Reading" by Kay Prevallet
    "Asteroid (after Laura Owens)" by Kay Prevallet

    Plus Book Reviews and Letter from the Editor.

    Cover Art

    "The Structural Differential" by Derek Bacon (ink and pencil, 55 x 48cm, 2020).

    Derek Bacon is a visual artist from the UK, now based in the Netherlands. He has worked in editorial illustration since 2004, making work for many newspapers and magazines around the world, including 14 years creating cover art for The Economist. More recently, Derek has moved away from working digitally and now works in more traditional, line-based media with a focus on portraiture and scenes from nature, as well as attempts at depicting aspects of awareness, dreams and awakening. You can find more of Derek’s work at: derekbacon.com.

  • 4 May 2021 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our long-awaited and seventh double issue 77:1-2 (2020) of ETC: A Review of General Semantics is in the mail and is now available for download from the IGS Store in searchable PDF format.

    Table of Contents Preview

    "Introduction" by Lance Strate

    "ETC: A Review of General Semantics: The Neil Postman Years" by Thom Gencarelli

    "The Dark Side of Coherence" by Bill Petkanas

    "Contextualizing Monuments and Movies: Iconoclasm through the Lenses of Media Ecology and General Semantics" by Eva Berger

    "Teaching the Human Arts: Media Ecology and General Semantics by Michael Plugh

    "The New Grammarians" by Lance Strate

    "The Linguistic Turn in General Semantics, Media Ecology, and Pragmatism" by Zhenbin Sun

    "Alphabetic Literacy and Pre-Reflective Meaning: Phenomenological Considerations of Ego" by Corey Anton

    "Mapping the Terrortory of Media Ecology: A FEMPOETICS" by Adeena Karasick

    "Living and Dying at the Edge of Dreams" by Ed Tywoniak

    "Selections from Diatribal Writes of Passage in a World of Wintertextuality" by Lance Strate

    Plus Letter from the Editor and a Note from the Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences.

    Cover Art

    Thom Gencarelli, Editor of ETC: A Review of General Semantics, took the cover photograph, entitled "Train Station, Baroda," in Baroda, India in 2011.

  • 2 May 2021 3:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Institute of General Semantics is pleased to announce that Siva Vaidhyanathan will deliver the 69th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture on October 1, 2021.

    A two-day general semantics symposium will follow on October 2-3, 2021.

    Details on the events are in the early stages of planning. Save the dates and watch the IGS website (http://www.generalsemantics.org) for updates.

    • For more information about the 69th AKML, and to RSVP, click here.

    About the Speaker

    A cultural historian, media scholar, and lecturer, Siva Vaidhyanathan speaks on the impact of digitalization on society and democracy. In his speeches, he encourages audiences to consider how technology like Google and social media shape the way we think, and what we can do to foster a new Internet ecosystem designed to benefit the whole world.

    At the University of Virginia, Siva serves as the Robertson Professor of Media Studies and the director of the Center for Media and Citizenship. He is a frequent contributor on media and cultural issues on public radio shows and news programs, notably BBC, CNN and NBC.

    Siva has authored several books, including Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018). His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian and The Nation.

    About the AKML

    • For a history of the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture Series, click here.

    About General Semantics

    General semantics is a popular, practical discipline that applies modern scientific thinking toward the solution of personal and professional problems. Through the application of general semantics ideas and principles, general semantics brings about clearer thinking, peaceful interaction, and greater sanity to one's life. General semantics has served as the foundation for numerous approaches to human problems with its unique applications adapted from modern science.

  • 6 Apr 2021 3:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Board of Trustees of the Institute of General Semantics honors individuals who, through their publications and creative contributions, have made significant contributions to our understanding of language and symbol use, epistemology, and humanity, consistent with the discipline of general semantics and allied non-aristotelian approaches.

    On March 20, 2021, the following fellowship of nine individuals were approved as our first 21st century Fellows of the Institute of General Semantics:

    Laura Bertone (Argentina)

    Isabel Caro Gabalda (Spain)

    Milton Dawes (Canada)

    Nicholas Johnson (USA)

    TC McLuhan (Canada/USA)

    Deepa Mishra (India)

    Terence P. Moran (USA)

    Douglas Rushkoff (USA)

    Deborah Tannen (USA)

    For our current list of Fellows of the Institute of General Semantics, please see our Fellows page.

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