Personal Reflections of Alfred Korzybski

Chalip, Hayakawa, Klemme, Pemberton, and Morain

Several individuals who studied under and knew Alfred Korzybski sat down with four different interviewers to talk about their experiences with Koryzbski and general semantics. Thanks to Charles Stade for giving permission to post his 1989 videotaped interviews with Bernie Chalip, S.I. Hayakawa, Ernie Klemme, and Dr. Bill Pemberton from his personal files. The late Greg Sawin recorded an interview with Lloyd Morain at home in Carmel, CA, in 2000, which he was kind enough to send me before he died.

Steve Stockdale interviewed D. David Bourland, Jr., at his home in Wichita Falls, TX, in 1997. Charlotte Schuchardt Read was interviewed by Louise Boedecker for the Sensory Awareness Foundation. [Click here for the interviews with Charlotte Read and David Bourland.]

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Here's Something About General Semantics:
A Primer for Making Sense of Your World

ISBN 978-0-9824645-0-2; 290 pages. FREE!
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Hereís Something About GS provides a thorough yet accessible overview of this misunderstood and under-appreciated discipline, reflecting work Iíve done in learning, teaching, and writing about general semantics for more than 13 years. It explains and demonstrates principles that promote an ongoing awareness of differences that make a difference. Learn how language and other symbols influence how you perceive your world, how you respond to your perceptions, and how you think-and-talk about your responses.

As a former student wrote: "This class was so much different from any class I've taken in college thus far. In my opinion, it was a class teaching us how to think, rather than what to think."

For example, some of the topics commented on include:

  • A fence sieve language
  • Eating menus
  • Definitions vs. meanings
  • Tips for playing roulette
  • Defending the swastika (ooh, controversy!)
  • Making a federal case out of bad words (ooh, more blanking controversy!)
  • Word magic
  • Calling out the symbol rulers
  • Lay off of my persuade shoes
  • Symptoms of language misbehaviors
  • Semantic pollution
  • The bridge at Neverwas

The book is filled with examples, quotes, and has over 50 illustrations. It includes 13 pages of Notes and Sources and an Index of Names with over 250 entries. It has links to additional online material to augment the content, including links to more than 150 video clips. Itís written for a general audience, but could be especially useful for teachers who want to introduce GS principles to supplement a secondary school curriculum, or even as a module in a college-level humanities or social sciences course. Iíve included some introductory materials for those who know nothing about GS; some more in-depth explanations and descriptions including published articles, newspaper columns, and presentations I've made; and some history about the people and organizations that have been involved with GS over the years. Click here to read an excerpt, review the Contents, order, and download now!

Interested in an excerpted video? Check out the Bib-Vid-liography listings here.


We discriminate against people to the degree we fail to distinguish between them.—Irving J. Lee
We think that that is which appears to be.—Henry David Thoreau
To a mouse, cheese is cheese. That is why mouse traps are effective.—Wendell Johnson

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