Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

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The Australian General Semantics Society (AGS) has elected Gabriel Donleavy as their new president. Donleavy, a Professor of Accounting at the University of Western Sydney, has an extensive academic and business background. He has written six books and over 100 business articles, of which 36 were in refereed academic journals, the rest in practical business periodicals. In 2011, Professor Donleavy presented an AGS seminar on "Physical Roots of Ethics and Morality," and in 2012, presented another on "Bias--What are the main biases affecting our rational judgments and decisions and can we be educated out of them?"

Laurie Cox, founder and former president of the AGS, has been appointed Education Officer of that organization. Laurie, winner of the J. Talbot Winchell Award in 2002, has ambitious plans for promoting general semantics (GS) education, and the members of the AGS look forward to supporting him in this role.

Records of AGS seminars, minutes, and other relevant materials are available on the AGS Web site: ags.org.au.

Institute of General Semantics (IGS) Board member Gerard I. Nierenberg, an enthusiastic promoter of GS and a man widely hailed as the "Father of Negotiation," whose innovations in that field fundamentally changed how people conceptualize negotiation, died on September 19th at his home in New York City. He was 89.

From his obituary in the New York Times (September 25, 2012): "[Son] Roger Nierenberg said that much of his father's thinking about negotiating was rooted in his interest in general semantics, a field within linguistics that views words as labels that distract attention from the things they represent. His father, Roger said, was interested in 'how we know what we know' that 'locks us into self-limiting the kinds of choices we can make."

Jerry and his lovely and smart wife Juliet were regular attendees at New York Society for General Semantics get-togethers, where Jerry would often deliver a succinct message he has become known for--"In a successful negotiation everybody wins." He wrote 22 books, including the best seller The Art of Negotiation and How to Read a Person Like a Book (with Henry Calero), and founded the Negotiation Institute in Manhattan in 1966. …

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