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12 November 2008

"Thus Spoke The Spectacle" Sunday November 16, NYC

Hey all,

We hope this message finds everyone well. We'll be screening and discussing "Thus Spoke The Spectacle" this Sunday, November 16, at 1:30 as part of a symposium sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics. The symposium follows and relates to the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture this Friday night at the Princeton Club in New York City, given by renowned media scholar Douglas Rushkoff.

The symposium will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Fordham University, Lincoln Center campus, and is free and open to the public (with the exception of the dinner preceding Friday night's lecture). Our presentation on Sunday is in McMahon Hall, 60th St. between Columbus and Amsterdam. For more information on general semantics or the full list of speakers and locations for this weekend's lecture/symposium, see the institute's website at http://www.generalsemantics.org/.

Among other things, general semantics is concerned with the sanity of the human race. It was formulated by engineer/mathematician Alfred Korzybski in his 1933 book Science and Sanity. One of its leading proponents, S.I. Hayakawa, once defined general semantics as "the science of how not to be a damn fool." It's all that, and more...

Eric and Mike

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