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general semantics

n. (used with a sing. verb)
A discipline developed by Alfred Korzybski that proposes to improve human behavioral responses through a more critical use of words and symbols.

general semantics

n
(Linguistics) (functioning as singular) a school of thought, founded by Alfred Korzybski, that stresses the arbitrary nature of language and other symbols and the problems that result from misunderstanding their nature

gen′eral seman′tics


n.
a philosophical approach to language exploring the relationship between the form of language and its use and attempting to improve the capacity to express ideas.
[1930–35]
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In short, general semantics aims to reduce, if not eliminate, IFD disease.
The robust idea of this paper is that a reciprocal relationship exists between the philosophy of general semantics and techniques of verbal expression in general and writing in particular.
I Hayakawa, a man who greatly popularized general semantics through his 1941 Book-of-the-Monlh Club best-seller Language in Action (later published as Language in Thought in Action) and one of only two people who Alfred Korzybski allowed to give IGS seminars during Korzybski's lifetime.
The 2015 Media Ecology Association Convention, this year held in Denver, sponsored a pedagogy panel for teaching general semantics (GS) in the basic course.
On The Binding Biases of Time and Other Essays on General Semantics and Media Ecology.
Mary Morain is past-president of the International Society for General Semantics, has served on birth-control boards in Massachusetts and San Francisco, and has lectured and written widely on the need for population-growth control.
Berman, philanthropist, real estate investor, professional hypnotist, and former board member of the Institute of General Semantics, passed away on June 16, 2015.
I say this immodestly since I was one of the people who raised the issue, and I did so for the same reason I accepted the editorship of Et cetera: I come not to praise general semantics but to help prevent it from being buried.
candidate in particle physics, working at CERN (Switzerland) and the University of Innsbruck (Austria), will be presenting a talk titled "First-, Second- and Third-Person Perspectives in Science and Contemplative Traditions: Neurophenomenology, Buddhism and General Semantics," at the 2015 "Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference" in Helsinki, Finland.
Frank Scardilli, who stepped down from the Institute of General Semantics Board of Trustees in December, has been made an honorary IGS trustee.
A Continuing Education Guide to Teaching General Semantics.
As a visual artist, I feel that General Semantics is needed in this epoch more so than any other.

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