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    • 17 Jul 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003

    General Semantics Olympics

    Please join us on Wednesday, July 17, as we anticipate the start of the 2024 Summer Olympics with a competition of our own.

    The work of Neil Postman–who was both an accomplished scholar and athlete–is well known to general semanticists.  We will focus on his 1976 book Crazy Talk, Stupid Talk: How We Defeat Ourselves by the Way We Talk – and What to Do About It (1976).  Postman defined “crazy talk” as “talk that may be entirely effective but which has unreasonable or evil or, sometimes, overwhelmingly trivial purposes.  It is talk that creates an irrational context for itself or sustains an irrational conception of human interaction."  “Stupid talk” is “talk that has…a confused direction or an inappropriate tone or a vocabulary not well-suited to its context. It is talk…that does not and cannot achieve its purposes.”

    In this session, a panel of participants will present the best examples of crazy and stupid talk that they have recently encountered.  We will all vote to award gold, silver, and bronze medals to the craziest and stupidest talk presented by the panelists.

    This event will take place from 6 PM to 9 PM Wednesday, July 17th at the historic Players Club in Gramercy Park. 

    Registration is free, but all attendees must be registered in order to gain admittance to the club. This includes any guests you might want to bring with you.

    The program will take place in the Library on the 2nd floor of the club. Please note that, as an historic 19th century landmark, the site is not handicap accessible. Dress code is business casual and is strictly enforced, including no sneakers, shorts, ripped jeans, or t-shirts.


    • 20 Sep 2024
    • 22 Sep 2024

    The NYSGS is a proud co-sponsor of the annual

    Alfred Koryzbski Memorial Lecture and Symposium

    Please Note that Registration is for 

    In-Person Attendance ONLY

    All IGS Members in Good Standing Will Receive Instructions on How to Livestream the Event Online Prior to the AKML

    The 72nd Annual 

    Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture

    September 20th, 2024

    Co-Sponsored by the

    New York Society for General Semantics

    International Bateson Institute

    Media Ecology Association

    Tomkins Institute

    and the 404 Festival of Art and Technology


    Maryann Wolf

    Dr. Maryann Wolf is a scholar, teacher, and advocate for children and literacy around the world. She is the Director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at the University of California Los Angeles in the School of Education and Informa-tion Studies at UCLA and the former John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. She has authored over 170 scientific publica-tions; Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain; (15 translations; HarperCol-lins, 2007); Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2016); and >Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital Culture;(12 translations; HarperCollins, 2018). She is co-author with Martha Denckla of the RAN/RAS naming speed tests, a universal predictor of dyslexia, and the creator of the RAVE-O Inter-vention Program for all struggling readers. She has received multiple awards for her contributions to the neuroscience of reading; the major awards from the International Dyslexia Association and the Einstein Award from the Dyslexia Foundation for her dyslexia research; and the Media Ecology Association's Walter Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship for her work on the effects of different media on the intellectual development of the species. Most recently, she was elected a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of Science.

    Dr. Wolf's Korzybski Lecture is entitled:

    Deep Reading in a Digital Milieu:

    The Beauty, the Threats, and Choice

    This lecture will use research from cognitive neuroscience to present an evolving portrait of the reading brain in a digital world, where the threat of continuous distraction competes with the perception of beauty and meaning in written language. An understanding of how different media shape and influence the development and use of deep reading processes will be used to discuss the antidote of choice by the reader, as well as the potential repercussions for our society and democracy.

    The AKML will be followed by our






    September 21st-22nd, 2024

    Send inquiries regarding participation to president@generalsemantics.org

    by August 18th, 2024

     We welcome papers and proposals that fit the symposium theme of Communication, Consciousness, and Culture, or that otherwise relate to the topics of general semantics, linguistics and semiotics, communication and culture, media ecology, science and the empirical  method, epistemology and phenomenology, cybernetics and systems theory, technology and society, art and perception, cognition and consciousness, evolution and emergence, health and human potential, etc.

    The lecture, dinner, and symposium are being held at the historic Players Club in Gramercy Park, Manhattan. 

    Registration is free for IGS members and their guests, but all attendees must be registered in advance in order to gain admittance to the club. More information regarding the dinner and symposium schedule will be made available at a later date.

    Please note that as an historic 18th century landmark, the site is not handicap accessible. Dress code is business casual and is strictly enforced, including no sneakers, shorts, ripped jeans, t-shirts).

    Go to the IGS Registration Page

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01 May 2024 Film Screening: Man on a Mission
27 Apr 2024 Non-Aristotelian Perspectives, Ecological Approaches, and the Anthropocene II: An Online Symposium
27 Mar 2024 It’s Real Life: A Book Launch for Paul Levinson's New Novel
15 Feb 2024 Michelle Shocked & bluerace In Concert
31 Jan 2024 Why Everything You Know About Computers is Wrong: Computers As Invocational Media
12 Jan 2024 What's Going On With Education
20 Dec 2023 Poetry Book Launch: First Letter of My Alphabet
27 Oct 2023 AKML & Symposium
30 Sep 2023 Combining: A Reading by Nora Bateson
10 May 2023 Art and Technology: An Overview of 20 Years of Cooperative Creative Practice
25 Apr 2023 Film Screening: The Frontier Gandhi
28 Mar 2023 Non-Aristotelian Reading Circle - Concerning Communication (Strate)
27 Jan 2023 Democracy and Media Ecology
20 Dec 2022 Non-Aristotelian Reading Circle
12 Dec 2022 Metaphors and Definitions: A General Semantics Look at the Language of Pain, Addiction, and the Opioid Epidemic
30 Nov 2022 Massaging the Medium: An Evening with Adeena Karasick
11 Nov 2022 Challenging Some Common-Sense Notions About Language
28 Oct 2022 The Issue of Is: A Commentary on The Case Against the Verb “To Be”
31 May 2022 Non-Aristotelian Reading Circle: People in Quandaries
30 Dec 2021 Non-Aristotelian Reading Circle - Language in Thought and Action
21 Apr 2021 The Intimacy of Enemies: When Maps and Territories are in Conflict and What We Can Do About It
02 Dec 2020 General Semantics and All That Jazz
29 Oct 2020 The Election and the Semantic Environment
10 Oct 2020 The Semantic Environment in a Time of Uncertainty Symposium
09 Oct 2020 The 68th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture
18 Mar 2020 The Intimacy of Enemies: When Maps and Territories are in Conflict and What We Can Do about It
19 Feb 2020 What Would Korzbyski Say? A Panel Discussion
24 Jan 2020 The State of the Semantic Environment 2020
18 Dec 2019 Mediating the Sexes: Women, Technology & Work in American Narrative
20 Nov 2019 The Language of Poetry 3
16 Oct 2019 Politics and Public Discourse 2019: A Panel Discussion
12 Oct 2019 The Tyranny of Words Symposium
11 Oct 2019 The 67th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture & Dinner
18 Sep 2019 General Semantics & GIFs: A Panel Discussion on Symbols & Social Media
05 Jun 2019 The Medium of the Sidewalk: Holocaust Commemoration and Stolpersteine
01 May 2019 Shine the Light: A Presentation by Seamus Kelleher in Story and Song
12 Apr 2019 General Semantics as a Conversing Activity: A Book Reading and Talk by Martin H. Levinson
20 Mar 2019 Between Two Worlds: A Reading and Conversation with Vasu Varadhan
20 Feb 2019 Theatre and Translation: A Reading and Conversation With Robin Levenson
18 Jan 2019 The State of the Semantic Environment
19 Dec 2018 What is Sanity? And Have We Lost It?
28 Nov 2018 The Reformed English Curriculum Revisited 2
27 Oct 2018 Language and Meaning in the 21st Century Symposium
26 Oct 2018 The 66th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture & Dinner
03 Oct 2018 Political Talk and Political Drama: Election 2018
27 Jun 2018 Tom Wolfe, Man of Letters, Man of Words: A Panel Discussion
02 May 2018 Language, Symbol, and the Theatre
04 Apr 2018 The Language of Poetry 2
21 Feb 2018 Trauma: Semantic Reactions, Reflections, Retentions
26 Jan 2018 The Reformed English Curriculum Revisited
06 Dec 2017 Play, Learning, and Language: A Panel Discussion
03 Nov 2017 Dark Nets and Disruptive Practices
28 Oct 2017 Crazy Talk, Stupid Talk Symposium
27 Oct 2017 The 65th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture & Dinner
04 Oct 2017 Words, Mind and Magic
08 Sep 2017 Media Ecology and the Human Condition: A Reading and Conversation With Lance Strate
26 Apr 2017 Between Map and Territory: The Art of the Tour Guide
29 Mar 2017 Systems, Contexts, Frames, and Patterns: A Reading and Conversation With Nora Bateson
01 Mar 2017 Science Fiction, Language, and General Semantics
08 Feb 2017 Post-Truth, Alternate Facts, & Fake News
30 Nov 2016 Music-Lyrics-Language: Bob Dylan and the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature
26 Oct 2016 Political Talk and Political Drama Part 2
22 Oct 2016 Language in Thought and Action Symposium
21 Oct 2016 The 64th Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture & Dinner
14 Oct 2016 New York State Communication Association Conference
28 Sep 2016 The Language of Poetry
09 Sep 2016 Political Talk and Political Drama: Election 2016
02 Jun 2016 NYSGS Meet-Up

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