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Welcome to the LoF50 website
the online home of The Spencer-Brown Society
Announcing the 2024 Laws of Form Conference
Save the dates!
from Wednesday 7 August 2024
to Saturday 10 August 2024

Register below to join the mailing list.

New on the website
The notation of a mark from George Spencer-Brown's 'Laws of Form'
Want to know how you can use Laws of Form notation in your work? Click here.
Laws of Form is the title of the seminal work of George Spencer-Brown, first published in 1969.
His book gave a new point of view on the role of distinction, markedness,
and the unmarked state in the creation of knowledge.

Laws of Form continues to inspire authors - many of whom presented at
or were present at the LoF50 and LoF22 conferences.
To browse the exciting list of their recent
publications, click here.

To submit a paper to Distinction: Journal of Form,
the journal of The Spencer-Brown Society, please
register at
Thinking the Float Tank: AUM Fiftieth Anniversary Conference
Cybernetics, Float Tanks, and Phenomenology
Commemorating 50 Years since the
1973 Esalen Institute Conference

Organised by Randolph Dible
in association with
West Den Haag

From Thursday 24 August 2023
To Saturday 26 August 2023

At West Den Haag
Lange Voorhout 102, 2514 EJ
Den Haag, The Netherlands
The first Laws of Form conference commemorating the 50th anniversary
of the first publication of Laws of Form (LoF50)
was held at Liverpool University
from Thursday 8 August 2019
to Saturday 10 August 2019

Thank you to all participants for making LoF50 a great success!
Videos of presentations are available at West DenHaag
and via this website.
The second Laws of Form conference was held
in 2022 (LoF22) at Liverpool University
from Wednesday 3 August 2022
to Saturday 6 August 2022

Thank you to all participants, remote and in-person, for making LoF22 a great success!
Videos of presentations are available at West DenHaag and via this website.
Laws of Form conferences are free to attend, and are facilitated thanks to the generosity of sponsors, host organisations and individuals.
Voluntary donations to the costs of running the conference and making its results available are very gratefully received and may be made through Stripe via these links:

Donate £5 (or multiples thereof)
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Thank you for any donation you are able to make!

Florian, Graham, Leon, Sahoo & Randy
Conference Organisers

LoF22 is being organised in cooperation with West Den Haag, an international platform for contemporary art.
The state of ultimate wisdom … provides a nucleus for a calculus of love, where distinctions are suspended and all is one. Spencer Brown has made a major step in this direction, and his book should be in the hands of all young people—no lower age limit required.
Heinz von Foerster
Review of Laws of Form in The Last Whole Earth Catalogue, 1971

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