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Learning to Communicate
The science of General Semantic
Life has no meaning or purpose except for trying to be a better person. And what is being better without learning. Learning how to learn better is possibly even a better purpose to life. Maybe the best learning is to learn to communicate that learning through writing and words.
Sorry for the paragraph above but sometimes the lack of clarity of words on paper and thoughts through speech meant that ideas get lost in translation or the audience simply lost interest.
The search to communicate better meant that I inadvertently start to learn about General Semantic (GS). For people who are new to the subject, this is not for the faint hearted. It means reading stuffs which you could go away thinking what the hell did I read and did I understand what the author meant for me to understand.
General semantics is concerned with how events translate to perceptions, how they are further modified by the names and labels we apply to them, and how we might gain a measure of control over our own responses, cognitive, emotional, and behavioural. It can serve as an antidote to certain kinds of delusional thought patterns in which necessarily incomplete and possibly warped mental constructs are projected onto the world and treated as reality itself.
The father of GS is Alfred Korzybski and the irony is that his book on GS is surprisingly unreadable. The subject deals with many first level abstract concept. While highly logical it is really tough for people for have no grounding in the subject.
After a few nights of reading the textbook, the decision is to start with the biography1 of Alfred Korzybski. That turns out to be an exhilarating ride through War World One from Poland, Russia to the United States.
This read is proving to be the best present from my foray into GS.
Ong Wee Hiang
Korzybski: A Biography: Kodish, Bruce I.: 9780970066404