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The 60th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture & Dinner

Shawn Lawrence Otto

Shawn Lawrence Otto
60th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecturer

  • Author of Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America
  • Lecture Title: “Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America”

Friday Evening, October 26th, 2012
6:30pm Dinner, followed by 8pm Lecture

The Princeton Club
15 West 43rd St. (between 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036

Dinner: $80.00
Lecture: Free Admission (no reservation needed)

To purchase an advance ticket for the dinner, please visit http://akmldinner.eventbrite.com.

A 2-Day Symposium
Sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics

Title: “Language and Symbol Use in Politics and Other Arenas”

Co-sponsored by:

Saturday, October 27th – Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Times TBD

The Princeton Club
15 West 43rd St. (between 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036

Symposium: Free Admission (no reservation needed)

Description

Friday evening, October 26th, 2012, author Shawn Lawrence Otto will deliver the 60th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture, lecture titled “Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America,” at The Princeton Club in New York City. The lecture will be preceded by a dinner at The Princeton Club.

Saturday and Sunday, October 27th-28th, 2012, The Princeton Club will host a symposium titled “Language and Symbol Use in Politics and Other Arenas” sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics.

About Shawn Lawrence Otto

Shawn Lawrence Otto is a science advocate and humanitarian who works for smarter politics on a global scale.  He organized a national science debate between Barack Obama and John McCain that was the largest political initiative in the history of science, which has been emulated in several other nations.  He is a regular speaker at major science events.  His book Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America, was published in October 2011.  Otto is a speaker at big think, policy and science conferences, in churches and on international media.  His theme–that the world’s major unsolved challenges revolve around science and we need to help elected leaders find ways to avoid ideology and tackle these subjects before it is too late–has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers and audience members around the world to find news ways to take control of their governments and get unstuck from previously intractable problems.  Shawn is the recipient of the 2009 National Distinguished Public Service Award of the IEEE-USA (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology).

Shawn is also the writer and co-producer of the Oscar-nominated film House of Sand and Fog starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly.  He writes for film and TV’s top studios, including DreamWorks, Lions Gate, and Starz. Otto recently sold a TV pilot to Starz and is directing his films Dreams of a Dying Heart, produced by Killer Films, and Sins of Our Fathers, produced by New Globe Films.

In addition to his book and movies, Otto’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Science, Issues in Science and Technology, Salon, Huffington Post, Minnpost, New Scientist, Scientific American, Nature Medicine, and others, and he writes a blog, Neorenaissance, on the antiscience beat and the intersection of knowledge, politics, art and culture.

Website: http://www.shawnotto.com

Shawn Otto Links

Fool Me Twice: Hardcover | Kindle
House of Sand and Fog: Widescreen DVD
Neorenaissance: Blog

Call for Papers

Updated 7/31/12

Send papers, proposals, and inquiries on this year’s theme, “Language and Symbol Use in Politics and Other Arenas” by September 1, 2012 October 1, 2012.

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.

Call for Papers

Send papers, proposals, and inquiries on this year’s theme, “Communicating in the 21st Century” by July 15, 2011.

Click here to read the call for papers for the 2-day symposium titled “Communicating in the 21st Century.”

Schedule

Updated 10/10/2012

The program for the weekend is now available.

Registration

Registration is now open.

To purchase an advance ticket for the dinner, please visit http://akmldinner.eventbrite.com.

Registration is not needed for the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture or the weekend symposium.

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Hotel Accommodations

The Princeton Club is located at 15 West 43rd Street between 5th & 6th Avenues in the Grand Central Station area of Midtown Manhattan (http://www.princetonclub.com). A great number of hotels are in the vicinity. Click here for a selection of local hotels.