The Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences has recently shared that it is proud to be associated with the publication of The Book of Radical General Semantics by Pencraft International, New Delhi.
Arranged into seven parts, The Book of Radical General Semantics abounds with new and innovative radical GS connections and formulations which can be termed as vitally relevant to the present time.
Gad Horowitz, the distinguished Canadian political scientist/social theorist, is the primary author responsible for the overall conceptual framework of the book. He has been assisted by the scholarly contribution made by Colin Campbell and co-editor Shannon Bell (Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, Canada).
The impulse to publish this book under the aegis of Balvant Parekh Centre’s publication program came after the success of the week-long national workshop conducted by Horowitz and Bell at Saurashtra University, Rajkot, in November 2013. The workshop was part of the ongoing activities organized annually in different locations in India by Balvant Parekh Centre.
A bit of recent news from our sister organization, the New York Society for General Semantics:
Fordham Communications professor Lance Strate, Ph.D., has become the new president of the New York Society for General Semantics. He will be conducting monthly NYSGS meetings in the fall at The Players Club in New York City. More information to follow.
Dr. Strate recently posted an update on NYSGS on his blog.
For information on future NYSGS events, please visit http://www.nysgs.org.
On April 23, 2016, in Paris, France, Vanessa Biard-Schaeffer (Secretary of the Institute of General Semantics) hosted a five-hour workshop titled “Introduction to General Semantics in Paris, France.” The event took place at the Paris American Academy.
Biard-Schaeffer documented the event.
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.”
First given in 2009, the Institute of General Semantics awards the S. I. Hayakawa Book Prize to the most outstanding work published in the past five years on topics of direct relevance to the discipline of general semantics, and includes a cash award of $1,000.
Awarded annually by the Institute of General Semantics, its presentation precedes the 64th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture (AKML) at the Princeton Club in New York City held October 21st, 2016.
Call for Papers: ”Language in Thought and Action”
A 2-Day Symposium Sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics
October 22-23, 2016
Submission Deadline: August 31, 2015
The Institute of General Semantics is sponsoring the 2-day symposium titled “Language and ‘Reality,’” co-sponsored by the New York Society for General Semantics and the Media Ecology Association. The symposium will be hosted at the Princeton Club in New York City October 22-23, 2016.
The symposium will follow the 64th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture, which will be presented on Friday evening, October 21st, 2016, by psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist (author of The Master and His Emissary).
Email papers, proposals, and inquiries on this year’s theme, “‘Language in Thought and Action” by August 31, 2016, to presentations [at] generalsemantics.org and/or mandklevin [at] aol.com.
For more information, contact Martin H. Levinson, President of the Institute of General Semantics, by phone at (212) 729-7973 or by mail at:
Martin H. Levinson
c/o Institute of General Semantics
Attn: 2016 Symposium
72-11 Austin Street #233
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Vanessa Biard-Schaeffer (Secretary and Trustee of the Institute of General Semantics) will be hosting an event in Paris, France, titled “Introduction to General Semantics in Paris, France.”
The event will occur on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 2:00pm-6:30pm at the Paris American Academy.
Paris American Academy
275, rue St Jacques
Vanessa Biard-Schaeffer, Secretary of the Institute of General Semantics, has shared that she and the Institute of General Semantics were recently mentioned an article in Metronews, a daily newspaper distributed in offices and the Paris subway.
Titled “Calais : parler de ‘jungle’, est-ce raciste ?,” the article, published February 24, 2016, featured this passage:
A quoi renvoie le terme de “jungle” ?
Par extension, la “jungle” est aussi en Français l’endroit où la loi qui prime est celle du plus fort. “Le cerveau fonctionne par métaphore et par la mémoire de souvenirs anciens”, nous explique Vanessa Biard, membre de l’institut de sémantique générale (ISG). Selon elle, la définition du mot dépend de qui l’utilise et découle d’une “réaction émotionnelle correspondant à une culture, une histoire commune et de sa propre expérience”. Autrement dit, la notion discriminatoire ou raciste supposée de l’utilisation du mot “jungle” varierait selon les personnes qui l’utilisent.
Mme. Biard-Schaeffer provided this English translation of the passage:
What the term “jungle” refers to?
By extension, “jungle” also refers in French to the place where the toughest rule. “The brains function with metaphors and the recall of older memories” explains Vanessa Biard, from the Institute of General Semantics. According to her, the definition of a word depends of who uses it and comes from “an emotional reaction that corresponds to a culture, a common history and one’s own experience.” In other words, the discriminatory or supposedly racist use of the term “jungle” would vary from the person who uses it.
Dr. Sanford I. Berman Audio Series on Success Motivation, General Semantics, and Effective Communication Now Available for Download in the IGS Store
Originally available as a 13-cassette audio series from Educational Cassettes, Inc., Sande Berman and the late Dr. Sanford I. Berman have permitted the Institute of General Semantics to make Dr. Berman’s 1974 series available again — for download exclusively from the IGS Store.
Titled Success Motivation, General Semantics and Effective Communication Seminar, this 26-track album now available in downloadable MP3 format includes approximately 13 hours of live, candid lecture from the entertaining Dr. Berman.
10% of proceeds from the sale of this audio seminar will benefit the Dr. Sanford I. Berman Educational Foundation.
ETC: A Review of General Semantics is in the mail and is now available for download from the IGS Store in searchable PDF format.