Developing Sanity in Human Affairs

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Susan Presby Kodish

One of the most important annual events of the Institute of General Semantics is the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture, which begun in 1952. This lecture series was established to honor Korzybski by inviting outstanding leaders in other disciplines also working in non-Aristotelian directions to share their insights with us. The speakers we have been privileged to hear have been distinguished figures in a wide variety of fields. The lectures are published in our annual journal, the General Semantics Bulletin. 1

Nicholas Johnson, this year's lecturer, in "General Semantics: The Next Generation," drawing on his experiences as the son of Wendell Johnson, an early student of Korzybski and a distinguished general semantics teacher and writer, talks about "growing up in Wendell Johnson's home." Drawing on his experiences as a law professor and expert in communications, his paper sections include "Media Distortions of Perception," "The Technology of Virtually No Reality," "Media Merger Mania," and "The Constitutional Right to Censor." He concludes by noting that the problems he discusses point to a job for the next generation of general semanticists.


NOTE
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Modified versions of the overviews to each section, under the title "Developing Sanity in Human Affairs: International Interdisciplinary Conference on General Semantics," appeared in General Semantics Bulletin 63 ( 1996: 11-21 and are used by permission.

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