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From its famed Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture Series, to symposia and classes on general semantics, to periodicals and books from our publishing arm, to distinguished awards for people and works that promote the interests of general semantics, the Institute of General Semantics provides rich material and recognition to further and deepen the appreciation of general semantics.
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ETC: A Review of General Semantics is our quarterly journal devoted to publishing material which contributes to and advances the understanding of language, thought, and behavior.
Until 2010, the General Semantics Bulletin served as the yearbook for the Institute of General Semantics.
Until 2010, our newsletter Time-Bindings provided quarterly information to members about recent events at the Institute of General Semantics.
The New Non-Aristotelian Library, the publishing arm of the Institute of General Semantics, publishes books, guides, anthologies, and ebooks on general semantics and related subjects. Our books are available for purchase in the IGS Store.
This section details the recognitions the Institute of General Semantics awards.
From biographical information about the discipline's founder Alfred Korzybski, to an overview of the ideas associated with the field, to articles, books, videos, and teaching materials, to applications of general semantics to various projects, the General Semantics Learning Center offers the next best thing to taking a class in general semantics.
Alfred Korzybski (Photo by Kenneth Keyes)
Alfred Korzybski survived the horrific battlegrounds of World War I and wondered why humans could progress and advance in some areas, but not in others. He theorized that the attitudes and methodologies responsible for advancements in engineering, the sciences, and mathematics could be applied to the daily affairs of individuals, and ultimately cultures. He called this new field "general semantics" and introduced it as a practical, teachable system in his 1933 book, Science and Sanity.
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You will find the following resources helpful when designing lessons for classes in general semantics. Skilled teachers in general semantics have contributed teaching guides for students of all ages, syllabi, course materials, tutorials, exercises, and handouts.
General semantics has been applied for the betterment and advancement of a number of different fields. In this section is a list of some noteworthy applications of general semantics on different projects.
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Dr. David F. Maas rendered the New Standard American Bible into E-Prime, a general semantics tool that involves writing in English without the use of be-verbs.
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