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Confronting the challenges of conflicting world views. (Conference Theme).

The Institute of General Semantics will host The Twelfth International Conference on General Semantics, "Confronting the Challenges of Conflicting World Views," in Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 31 to November 2, 2003. The event is co-sponsored by The International Society for General Semantics and The New York Society for General Semantics.

"We intend to examine the many interactions, sometimes violent and deadly, that take place when individuals and groups from markedly different linguistic, social, and cultural environments come together. We will also welcome discussion on other topics consistent with our mission -- the investigation and dissemination to the public of how an understanding of the ongoing interactions between our language, our behavior and our human nervous systems can contribute fundamentally to our well-being," notes Jeff Mordkowitz, Director of the Institute of General Semantics.

Suggested themes include:

Beliefs, Belief Systems, and Their Consequences: What constitutes a "system of beliefs"? Do standards exist for evaluating different belief systems? Can holders of competing belief systems mutually co-exist and/or cooperate with modern science and technology for the benefit of humankind?

Interpersonal to Intraplanetary Relationships: How do our underlying world views affect our relationships with others and with our environment? How do individuals within one group get along with individuals of competing groups?

Actions for Changing and Adapting:

What programs or initiatives have you or your organization undertaken to meet the challenges posed by different belief systems? What actions for change do you recommend for individuals, organizations, and/or governments within this environment of multiple and competing world views?

Time-binding and General Semantics: What new theories, applications, or insights have been formulated or developed? What ought we be doing so that future generations can build on our efforts -- instead of having to repair the damage?

For information on the conference and the Call for Papers, contact the Conference Coordinator, Steve Stockdale, P. 0. Box 1565, Fort Worth, TX, 76101-1565, USA. Phone: (972) 897-5620, E-mail:

Five-Day GS Seminar-Workshop

The Institute of General Semantics will hold a Seminar-Workshop in General Semantics from Sunday, October 26 to Thursday, October 30, 2003, in Las Vegas, Nevada, just before the Twelfth International Conference on General Semantics, at the same location.

The Seminar-Workshop will offer training and tools to navigate the increasingly difficult challenges we face today in our public and private lives. Participants will explore how our daily language influences the way we see the world, and how our language, behavior, and nervous systems mutually influence each other. They will learn specific practical GS techniques, and take part in the daily practice of non-verbal awareness to enhance the ability to learn and to change old habits.

For more information on IGS activities and publications, contact Martha Santer, Executive Secretary, Institute of General Semantics.

Phone: (718) 921-7093

New Editor for Time-Bindings

Time-Bindings, the newsletter of the Institute of General Semantics, has a new editor, Susan Presby Kodish, Ph.D. An instructor at many Institute Seminar-Workshops, co-author, with her husband Bruce I. Kodish, Ph.D., of Drive Yourself Sane: Using the Uncommon Sense of General Semantics (Extensional Publishing, 2001), and a co-editor of Developing Sanity in Human Affairs (Greenwood Press, 1998), Susan Kodish has also written articles for ETC and the General Semantics Bulletin.

Dr. Kodish welcomes readers of ETC to contribute to Time-Bindings: "We invite your comments, from a general-semantics perspective, on what you observe in your daily life. Also, please let us know of books, articles, movies, etc., that you recommend for other general semanticists. Your report can range from basic identifying information such as title, date, author, to a no-more-than two paragraphs review. Also, let us know what's new in your life regarding general semantics. Let's learn from each other; let's put time-binding into action in Time-Bindings."

Submission Guidelines for Time-Bindings: Please send hard-copy submissions or inquiries to Susan Presby Kodish at: P. 0. Box 50490, Pasadena, CA 91115-0490; Fax (626) 795-0954. In addition to hard copy, whenever possible, send your article submission via internet by copying your text into the body of an e-mail to: timebindings E-mail attachments will not be accepted.

Submission deadlines are as follows: Spring-March 1; Summer-June 1; Fall-September 1; Winter-December 1.

New York Society for General Semantics

The NYSGS holds monthly meetings open to members and the general public.

On January 23, 2003, Ronald Gross spoke about Socrates in Person: Seven Keys to Self-Fulfillment; and on February 20, Edith Jurka, M.D., gave a lecture called Evidence of Vast Potential Human Mental Abilities. Leonard Shlain, M.D., presented The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image, co-sponsored with Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, on March 13. Frank Scardilli, Chief Circuit Mediator, U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, and Adjunct Professor of Law, offered How to Get What You Want by Improving Your Negotiating and Conflict Resolution Skills on April 24.

In a full-day stress reduction seminar, Jeff Mordkowitz, Director of the Institute of General Semantics, will present The SevenSimpleSteps [TM] Way to a Stress Free Day on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Albert Ellis Institute, 45 East 65th St., New York City. This event is free to members of NYSGS and IGS. Nonmembers pay $20.

For details, including the New York Society's 2003 lecture schedule or for a copy of the Society's newsletter, Verbal Level, contact NYSGS President Allen Flagg at (212) 532-1467, or, or visit

New Editor for ETC

Paul Dennithorne Johnston, who has been Managing Editor of ETC and Executive Director of ISGS since 1990, has accepted the post of Editor of ETC, beginning with this issue. Johnston, who has participated in various full-length and weekend Institute of General Semantics Seminar-Workshops, holds a BA in Social Studies from the City of London Polytechnic (now London Guildhall University).

Johnston's first short story was published in 1957, and he has been involved in writing and publishing ever since. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, and has served as author, co-author, or co-editor of seven books. Among his GS books are To Be or Not: An E-Prime Anthology, (edited with D. David Bourland, Jr.), More E-Prime: To Be or Not II (with Bourland and Jeremy Klein), and E-Prime III!: A Third Anthology (with Bourland), and Mapping the Media (co-authored with Gregg Hoffmann). Paul Johnston is also the author of three short plays, which were staged in England, and some 70 published short stories and articles, including many in ETC.
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