GS Videos: Topical Excerpts

General Semantics

These videos were created to illustrate specific topics covered in class. *Some content may be considered objectionable and inappropriate for younger viewers.* The Power (?) of Words (6:10) Winner or Loser? (3:30) Language, Symbols, and Meanings (10:30) Perspectives about Race (2:57) The Tyranny of Categories (5:34) Perspectives from Herbie Hancock’s “Possibilities” (10:41) Prejudice & Obscenity … Read on …

Review Videos for GS Class, Fall 2008

General Semantics

These two videos were used as reviews throughout the fall 2008 semester for my GS classes at TCU in Fort Worth. Note that these were used to review material already presented and discussed in class. Some of the material goes by pretty quickly and some, without benefit of the original class, may be puzzling. *Some … Read on …

Write Like You Mean It: Writing that makes sense

General Semantics

Fall 2008 Some people have trouble expressing themselves in writing because they’re almost paralyzed by worries about grammar, syntax, rules, and what somebody else is going to think. Other people have no fear of writing, but they’re concerned that what they write actually makes sense. After all, the world hardly needs more well-written nonsense. How … Read on …

TCU, Spring 2008

General Semantics

GS for Mass Communications Practitioners Catalog Description: The application of the principles of General Semantics — how language affects the communication process — to the practice of journalism, advertising, and public relations. Syllabus Overview General Semantics (GS) deals with how we perceive, construct, evaluate and then express our life experiences through our language-behaviors. This course … Read on …

Semester Review Video, Spring 2008

General Semantics

This 31-minute video was compiled to serve as an entertaining, yet still relevant, review of the spring 2008 course I taught at TCU, “General Semantics for Mass Communications Practitioners.” It contains over 70 clips from 36 different sources, so it goes by pretty quickly. General themes addressed: Role that language, words, and other symbols play … Read on …

A New Sort of Man: Balvant K. Parekh

ETC Cover

(Published in ETC: A Review of General Semantics, Volume 65 No. 1, January 2008. Prepared for a presentation to the National Workshop on General Semantics, Vadodara, India.) Irving J. Lee related a conversation he had with Alfred Korzybski in which Lee asked, “Now, Alfred, you have been thinking about this stuff for a very long … Read on …

The Bridge at Neverwas

ETC Cover

(Published in ETC: A Review of General Semantics, Volume 65 No. 1, January 2008. Prepared for a presentation to the National Workshop on General Semantics, Vadodara, India.) Once upon a time there was a beautiful land known as Neverwas. The people who settled in Neverwas loved it, for it provided everything they needed to live … Read on …

India: Think Before You Speak

Think before you speak

As printed in the 20 November 2007 edition of DNA (Daily News & Analysis), Mumbai edition. By Prachi Rege Our assumptions could lead to major communication problems. Prachi Rege attends a seminar on General Semantics — a theory that makes us aware of our behaviour thereby setting a base for effective communication. The daily experiences … Read on …

India: National Workshop

Andrea Johnson, Steve Stockdale

Reprinted with permission from: Centre for Contemporary Theory, Vadodara, Gujarat, India            Twelfth National Workshop Cognitive Language Skills for the 21st Century 3rd – 5th November 2007 A Report One of the dominant concerns of contemporary social and political theory and one which has engaged if not captured the attention of theorizing … Read on …

India: National Workshop on General Semantics

Hindi News

As printed in the 6 November 2007 edition of DIVYA BHASKAR DAILY, Gujarat, India. General Semantics is a topic somewhat unfamiliar to the common man, but it concerns something that plays a very significant role in our daily life. The twelfth National Workshop of the Forum for Contemporary Theory, titled “Cognitive Language Skills for Twenty … Read on …

Benham Disc

General Semantics

Even with the reduced size and resolution of this short clip, you can probably see the intended effects. Watch the disc. Describe what you see … do you see shapes? Colors? As the rotation slows, do the shapes and colors change? How so? If others are watching at the same time … compare what you … Read on …

Count the Dots

General Semantics

For this exercise, all you have to do is count how many black dots you see. . . . . If you think you’ve experienced some kind of electronic perception manipulation, try printing the previous page, look at the graphic on paper, and see if you get similar results … What’s going on? David Hewson … Read on …

Dimples or Bumps?

General Semantics

This exercise simply asks you to look at this image. What do you see – 3 smaller dimples or bumps? What do you see – 1 larger dimple or bump? (A dimple appears to recede into the surface; a bump appears to protrude out of the surface.) After you’ve determined how many dimples and how … Read on …

Brochures, Collateral

While Executive Director for the Institute of General Semantics (2004-2007), I was responsible for creating the following brochures, marketing, and promotional materials: General Information Brochure, Trade Show Booth Graphic, Capital Campaign Brochure, Conference Announcement, a promotional Bookmark, and my farewell video. General Information Brochure about the Institute Download the PDF Trade Show Booth Graphic This … Read on …

Review videos for GS Classes, 2006

General Semantics

These videos were necessitated because of an inclement weather day that ended the Fall 2006 semester for my GS class at TCU in Fort Worth. Since there was no opportunity to make-up the review period prior to semester final exams, I made these quick videos and posted so the class could view them. Fall 2006 … Read on …