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"The Brave New World of Aldus Huxley -
a Champion of General Semantics"
Saturday 14th August[masked]am Sydney time
Facilitated by Robert James.
Aldus Huxley made many perceptive comments on language and its effects that mirror GS teachings. For example, in his novel "After Many a Summer", Huxley shows that we don't have enough kinds of words to describe nuances of experience by having one of the characters say: "We don't even make the simple Greek distinction between erao and philo, eros and agape. With us everything is just love, whether it's self-sacrificing or possessive, whether it's friendship or lust or homicidal lunacy."
Huxley understood that people often react more strongly to symbols than to actual physical dangers that threaten them; e.g. in his essay "Writers and Readers," he observes that: "The hatred we feel at the sight of our enemies is often less intense than the hatred we feel when we read a curse or an invective."
From a GS perspective, such an overreaction to words might be described as confusing the map with the territory.
When: Saturday 14th August 10am Sydney time.
Where: On-line, by Zoom: Click on the link below to join the meeting.
Cost: Zero, Zilch - it's free!
Contact / Details: Australian General Semantics Society: