Current approaches to the drug problem are not
working and almost everyone agrees that more effective solutions are needed.
Tonight Dr. Martin Levinson will present such solution by discussing ideas
contained in his new book, The Drug Problem: A New View Using the General
Semantics Approach (Praeger 2002).
Dr. Martin Levinson is the director of Project Share,
a New York City School-based drug prevention program, as well as a New York
State certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse counselor. He is
Vice-President of the New York Society of General Semantics, and a Board Member
of the International Society for General Semantics.
2002 Korzybski Memorial Lecture
J. Allan Hobson,
Professor of Psychiatry and
Director Laboratory of neurophysiology
Harvard Medical School
Science and Human Consciousness
The Yale Club
50 Vanderbilt Ave.
New York City
Reception 5:30PM, cash bar
Dinner at 6:30PM - Program at 8:00PM
Dinner & Lecture - ISGS Members, $75, Non-members $85
Lecture only - ISGS Members, $20, Non-members $25
The reality of the brain-mind as revealed
by Dr. J. allan Hobson's probing neurological research brings new insights to
the study of sleep dreaming and consciousness.
Dr. Hobson is Professor of Psychiatry and
Director of the Laboratory of Neurophysiology at Harvard Medical School.
Recipient of the 1998 Distinguished Scientist Award of the sleep Research
Society, he lectures throughout the world on consciousness and sleep.
His book The Chemistry of Conscious
States was named a New York Times Notable Book. He is the author or
co-author of many other books, including Consciousness Sleep, The
Dreaming Brain, Dreaming as Delirium, and Out of its Mind:
Psychiatry in Crisis: A Call for Reform.
This book, his latest, was the subject of
an extended interview with Dr. Hobson in the Health & Fitness section of the
Sience Times of August 27, 2002. In the interview he was characterized as
a "convention-defying psychiatry rebel" who is urging a reorganization of the
profession he has practiced more than 40 years. The tremendous
breakthroughs ib the brain sciences, he believes, now give medical educators the
chance to make a psychology based on brain science.
This is an opportunity to hear a scientist
at the "cutting edge" of his field.
One-Day Colloquium co-sponsored by
INSTITUTE OF GENERAL SEMANTICS &
New York Society for General Semantics
Theory to practice
The Yale Club
50 Vanderbilt Ave.
New York City
9:00AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast
3:30 - 4:30PM -
and IGS members $30
10:00AM - Workshop 1
The Scientific Basis of Rational-Emotive-Behavior Therapy (REBT)*
Albert Ellis, PhD
Dr. Albert Ellis, the
founder of REBT, will discuss the basic tenets behibnd its practice, a
humanistic, action-oriented approach to emotional health. He emphadsizes
individuals' capacity for creating their emotions, their ability to change and
overcome the past by focusing on the present, and their power to choose
satisfying alternatives to current dysfunctional patterns. Dr. Ellis is
president and staff psychologist at the Albert Ellis Institute and the author of
over 70 books, including Reason and Emotion in Psychotherapy and A
Guide to Rational Living.
Applying Research in Practice Settings:
Lessons Learned in the Addictions Field
The past decade has
seen major advances in understanding the underlying mechanisms of addiction, as
well as promising treatments for people with alcohol and other drug problems.
Yet much of this research has not been applied in treatment and prevention
settings. This presentation will provide an overview of some of these
advances, and then focus on some of the issues and challenges which impede the
transfer of addiction research to practice. Kevin Wadalavage has worked in
the substance abuse field since 1981. He currently oversees program
evaluation and quality assurance activities, as well as a trilingual out-patient
clinic at Outreach Project.
1:00PM - Workshop 3
A General Semantics Approach to Reducing Student Alienation
Martin Levinson, PhD & Katherine Liepe-Levnison, PhD
This presentation will
examine and discuss a study that showed students exhibiting symptoms of
alienation (a well-recognized drug abuse risk factor) could be helped to reduce
those symptoms through a general semantics approach. The findings of this
study have been published in ETC. A review of General semantics (Fall
2001). Dr. Martin Levinson has worked in the field of drug prevention for
over twenty-nine years as a counselor, teacher, and administrator. he is
the vice-president of the New York Society for General Semantics, and the author
of The Drug Problem: A New View Using the General Semantics
Approach. Dr. Katherine Liepe-Levinson has worked as a
professional actor, dancer, director, and teacher in both Europe and the United
States. She is currently working as an educational consultant with the new
York City Department of Education using acting techniques to improve teacher and
student performance in a variety of areas.
2:00PM - Workshop 4
Applied to Lucid Dreaming and Lucid Waking
Alfred Korzybski urges
us to become more conscious of our abstracting, more mindful of our leaving out
characteristics, and refrain from confusing orders of abstraction. He
offers the Structural Differential as a teaching device toward lucid waking.
J. Allan Hobson in his activation synthesis hypothesis of dreams proposes that
we can program dreams to change attitudes and feelings. This suggests
educating one's dreams toward lucid dreaming. Allen Flagg is president of
the New York Society for General Semantics, vice-president of FIONS, Friends of
the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and president of the Dream Education
Institute. He has studied the dream methods of the Senoi Temiar of
Malaysia for 36 years.
By October 25th for the Korzybski Memorial lecture and
the One-day Colloquium:
86 85th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11209-43208
Mindbody Disorders: Modern Epidemics
John E. Sarno
Professor, Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine NYU
School of Medicine
December 5, 7:00 PM
45 East 65th St.
NYSGS Members, Free
between "mental" and "bodily" health is made explicit in Dr. John Sarno's
ground-breaking books. In this important and practical presentation Dr.
Sarno will emphasize the public health problem that exists today because of
medicine's failure to recognize the effect of psychosomatic disorders that he
has so clearly delineated. It is an opportunity for us as individuals to
learn to work with our doctor or practitioner, and apply Dr. Sarno's insights
to our own mindbody healing. Knowledge is the prescription: knowing how
the "mind" and the "body" work, how the mindbody works as a unified whole.
Dr. Sarno has
helped thousands through his treatment of patients as professor of clinical
rehabilitation medicine, new York university School of Medicine, and as well
those helped by his books Mind Over Back Pain, Healing Back Pain:
The mind-body Prescription, and Healing the Body, Healing the Pain.
Almost all painful
conditions, Dr. Sarno reveals, including migraines, repetitive stress
injuries, osteoarthritis, whiplash, tendonitis, and tennis elbow, are rooted
in our unexpressed emotions. Pain disorders have reached epidemic
proportions in the United States, with most doctors failing to recognize the
underlying psychosomatic causes of these illnesses, and the need to reprogram
Colleagues, friends and family
of Charlotte Schuchardt Read attended a memorial gathering, a "celebration of
life," on September 15th at Columbia University. Charlotte died July
25th at the age of 92. She attended a seminar with Alfred Korzybski in
1936 and worked with him as executive secretary at the Institute of General
Semantics from 1939. She became the Director of the institute, and was
editor and frequent contributor to the G.S. Bulletin. She was also a
director and president of the Sensory Awareness Foundation.
In 1953 she married Allen Walker
Read, now professor emeritus of English at Columbia University, who survives
August 26th Steve Austin, our Board member, died at the age of 60, from the
effects of a brain tumor. He was dynamic and enthusiastic in his work on
the Society’s legal and financial committees and was instrumental in the
development of the NYSGS website.
Steve was senior counsel for the international law firm of Fulbright &
Jaworski, L. L. P. where he was not only highly respected for his
extraordinary mind, but also played the role of mentor to many of the
younger attorneys. As one partner said, “He was my lawyer.” Early in his
career, he served as a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the
U. S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Because he was such a kind
and gentle man, people often asked him, “How did you ever become a lawyer?”
His response was always the same, “Two words: Full Scholarship!”
All of us who knew and loved Steve knew that his first love, pride and
joy, and top priority were his daughters: Amy 13, Chloe 11 and
Olivia 9. We share in their grief.
His many friends and colleagues will miss his incredible humor and charm,
as well as his enthusiasm for and wide-ranging knowledge of GS.
You are cordially invited to a memorial gathering to honor Steve's life,
to be held at
44 East 32nd Street
November 2, 1-4 PM.
Refreshments will be provided. Kindly RSVP if planning to attend.
2003 iNTERNATIONAL gENERAL
October 31 - November 2, 2003
Las Vegas, Nevada
IGS, ISGS, and NYSGS