October 21-23, 2016 – 64th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture & Symposium

Iain McGilchrist

Iain McGilchrist

The Institute of General Semantics is proud to announce that Friday evening, October 21st, 2016, psychiatrist and author Iain McGilchrist will deliver the 64th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture at The Princeton Club in New York City. The lecture will be preceded by a dinner at The Princeton Club.

Saturday and Sunday, October 22nd-23rd, 2016, The Princeton Club will host a symposium sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics titled “Language in Thought and Reality.”

2016-10-23T17:05:02+00:00 May 1st, 2016|Events, News, Press|2 Comments


  1. Phil Ardery March 10, 2016 at 8:45 am - Reply

    McGilchrist choice stimulates this IGS member. Thanks to the AKML selection committee. I’ll get a copy of the master/emissary book and start reading.

  2. Phil Ardery July 18, 2016 at 11:46 am - Reply

    In McGilchrist’s 2009 “The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World,” I read (p. 19), “All attempts at explanation depend, whether explicitly or implicitly, on drawing parallels between the thing to be explained and some other thing that we believe we already understand better. But the fundamental problem in explaining the experience of consciousness is that there is nothing else remotely like it to compare it with: it is itself the ground of all experience.”

    This text “felt” familiar, and so I went looking. Here’s Julian Jaynes from “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind” (1976, p. 53): “If understanding a thing is arriving at a familiarizing metaphor for it, then we can see that there always will be a difficulty in understanding consciousness. For it should be immediately apparent that there is not and cannot be anything in our immediate experience that is like immediate experience itself. There is therefore a sense in which we shall never be able to understand consciousness in the same way that we can understand things that we are conscious of.”

    McGilchrist’s first acknowledgment of Jaynes in “The Master…” comes on page 187.

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