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George Spencer-Brown and Laws of Form
In the whole science of physics there is no such thing as a thing.
A large part of my work is inspired by George Spencer-Brown’s Calculus of Indications (CoI), as outlined in his book, Laws of Form. I have used the CoI to reveal the common structures behind patterns of thought which manifest in words (parts of speech and verb types), sentences (why these are 7 and not the traditional 4), classical logic, and most recently story structures and the story structures of poetic forms, as outlined in my book
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Beats Joseph Campbell at his own game.
Simon Heywood, University of Derby

Genius approach ... Does for story what Foucault did for history.
Alexander Tsigkas, Democritus University of Thrace

“... breathtakingly simple and yet profound ... a powerful tool”
Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey

“A scholarly and intricately detailed analysis of the writing process.”
Joan Singleton, screenwriter/producer
The CoI is a powerful tool which reveals a surprising amount of new information about each of these elements and how it works.

I was fortunate enough to become George Spencer-Brown’s last student. I got to know him in the last three years of his life. At first, he mentored me weekly, taking me through Laws of Form, following which we developed a meaningful friendship which lasted until his death.

Find out more in the introductory video below.
An introduction to

Laws of Form

Since its first publication in 1969, the book has become something of a cult classic. It outlines a powerful content-free calculus based on a single act of making a distinction. From there, Spencer-Brown traces the path the universe takes to come into being, in and of itself, in order (as he argues) to know itself.
The free 15-part on-line course presents a close reading of the main body of the book and goes through it chapter by chapter, theorem by theorem, consequence by consequence, looking at the proofs step by step, expanding and explaining the shorthand references Spencer-Brown presents in the elegant but minimalistic main body of his work.
The 2022 Laws of Form conference (LoF22) took place on
Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th, August 2022
in The Old Library at the University of Liverpool, 23 Abercromby Square, Liverpool L69 7ZN.

This is the same venue in which LoF50 took place in August 2019.

The conference was organised in cooperation with West Den Haag, an international platform for contemporary art.

Details of how to submit papers for publication related to George Spencer-Brown’s work
will follow shortly.

We warmly invite you to connect.

With best wishes,

Florian, Graham, Leon and Randy.
LoF22 Organising Committee

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