About Harmonia

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Let us Begin with a Story…

Once upon a time, a man was sitting near the sea. Watching the still water while feeling the afternoon breeze, he felt relaxed as he was looking at the stars showing up in the sky. Closing his eyes. Doing nothing. Thinking of nothing. Weird. He could feel it now. There was never a time when he understood more of the cosmos than that exact moment where he understood nothing…

Were you ever the hero of that story?

If the above makes no sense for you, just leave. If it does, move on and read more below to learn about Harmonia Philosophica and the way it sees the things we do not see. Chances are, you will find something that resonates with your feeling about how we should not think about the cosmos…

About Harmonia Philosophica

Harmonia Philosophica is a non-commercial educational philosophy portal promoting irrationality, intuition and non-thinking as a way to solve the great metaphysical mysteries of the cosmos.

Its Chief Editor is Spiros I. Kakos (Gr. Σπύρος Ι. Κάκος), who has been acting as its Editor in Chief from its inception until now.

The goal of Harmonia Philosophica is to show that dogmatism, under any form, is wrong. And it is important to note that even though dogmatism had for a long time been associated with religion, things have drastically changed in the last centuries. Nowadays science has replaced religion in the throne of doctrinaire thinking and the poison of various dogmas (like materialism) has dominated human intellect to a great extent. Dogmatism in science – which holds the throne of “thinking” in modern West – is something we should all worry about.

This is not being against science per se though, since we must always remember that true science embraces all views and cultivates free thinking. Harmonia Philosophica is about merging various views and the tool for this merging of thoughts is an inherently ‘irrational’ way of non-thinking – a way of thinking that is against the norms that have prevailed in the western civilization for centuries now. In this portal one can read how separate opinions on crucial philosophical matters can be merged into one single “truth”, if such thing even exists, within a purely ‘irrational’ context that the first thinkers used to utilize but that we have now forgotten. The point of every philosophy entry within the Harmonia Philosophica philosophy program is to illustrate that one-way thinking is never correct; most of the times a combination of science and religion, measurements and theoretical thinking, logic and pure intuition, thinking and non-thinking is required to draw a conclusion.

The world is inherently irrational. Only by embracing that can we ever understand what we cannot understand. If logic is based on axioms, then we must be irrational and forget those axioms if we wish to be logical without any limiting conditions.

About the deeper essence of Harmonia Philosophica

Harmonica Philosophica is a philosophical program pursuing irrationality as a means to reach logic, non-thinking as a way to think and non-knowledge as the only knowledge that can be attained. For logic does not have any meaning, besides the meaning we choose to give to it based on our irrational beliefs. Harmonica Philosophica is a way of thinking that tries to consolidate intuition and non-thinking so as to solve the great philosophical and theological problems thinking cannot solve. For there is no way to solve these problems besides accepting that they cannot be solved. Harmonia Philosophica is about letting go and accepting the cosmos instead of trying to analyze and understand it. For only through acceptance and humbleness can one be part of the cosmos instead of its destroyer. Only by being irrational can we ever be logical. And as Impresionists once upon a time tried to forget how to paint in order to paint, we must try to forget how to think in order to really think

Harmonia Philosophica started one noon at a call beach at Kithira. Where the idea of wholeness came to me. A wholeness which is closely related to emptiness. For the only way to bring the pieces of the cosmos together is to know that there are no pieces in the first place. As Godel sought completeness through incompleteness, as Shelton sought logic through irrationality, as Christianity seeks life through death, as Pythagoras told everything through silence, as Jung expressed his soul through what cannot be expressed, Harmonia Philosophica promotes philosophical knowledge through non-knowledge and philosophical thinking through non-thinking. The articles here should not be read, but mostly sensed. It is what is not written explicitly which conveys the message you seek. And I know you do seek it because you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t. It takes courage to unlearn what you have learnt. I personally do not have the courage to do that. But I can offer hints on the path which I feel is right. This is is dark and will often look okay I of it is the wrong path, as Jung sensed during his own quest of self awareness. Stop seeing if you want to see. Stop thinking if you wish to think. And in the midst of the cosmos, you will suddenly feel alone… But don’t be afraid… As Rilke over said, the purpose of life is to be defeated by greater things…

Harmonia Philosophica has for a long time been in the edge of modern philosophy. It has dealt with numerous problems and suggested innovative answers. With a full range of philosophy articles, including but not limited to…

…in depth articles like “Religion and Science Unification – The path towards Religional Science” or “The Limits of Science“,

…innovative notions like the ‘Harmonia Philosophica‘ main thesis,

…provocative ideas like “Why Medicine is Not a pro-Science argument” or “Happy new year, with disease and misery!“,

…controversial conclusions like “Why we need more bullfights!“,

…weird thoughts like “The need for non-Thinking“,

…mind-bending topics like “DIVISION BY ZERO (1/0 = One)” or “What IS a particle? A surprisingly difficult question…“,

…poetic posts like “The value of Silence“, “Heidegger, σκόλοπες and the road to accepting non-thinking…“,

…science philosophy topics like “Science the New Religion: The NSF example“,

…hallucination-destructive reminders like “Are we free to choose haircut?“,

…at-the-edge analyses like “Mind, Morphogenetic fields, Quantum physics…” or

…life changing essays like “Why good people suffer“,

the Harmonia Philosophica philosophy program has delivered in its very short life more than anyone would ever expect.

A list of some of the best Harmonia Philosophica articles can be found here and here.

About Spyridon Kakos

Spyridon Kakos [Σπύρος Κάκος] is a writer and thinker located in Athens, Greece. He holds a diploma in Chemical Engineering, an MBA in Decisions Science, an MsC in Materials’ Science and Technology, a phD in the use of conductive polymers in the development of Printed Circuit Boards and he is still learning. He has worked as a senior technical advisor and researcher for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and actively contributes to the online open source community. He is the creator of Huo Chess, one of the smallest open source micro-chess programs available. Spiros has been writing about philosophy for many years and has been managing the Harmonia Philosophica philosophy program since its inception with extreme success.

Spiros has been the Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica portals (harmoniaPhilosophica.com, harmonia-philosophica.blogspot.com, harmoniaPhilosophica.eu) since their foundation and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy, as well as the philosophy of the irrational. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin; both are needed to understand the cosmos. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking from the chains of “logic” and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the “One” that Parmenides – one of the first thinkers – visualized. This can only happen via the vehicle of irrationality that allows us to think without thinking, to see without seeing, to sense without sensing.

As Rilke said, life’s purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in “logic” if we are to stay humans…

Credo quia absurdum!

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Re-publish policy

Any article of Harmonia Philosophica can be freely re-used, re-distributed or re-published (in part or in whole), if the source of the article is clearly indicated.

Copyright issues

All the articles in this portal are unique and original, written by Spyridon Kakos. For the articles sometimes small summaries of scientific articles are used, always with reference to the source. Note that these scientific articles serve only as the motive to write about philosophy and are never the main protagonists of the articles; that is why these scientific articles used are sometimes more than a year old. As mentioned above, the Harmonia Philosophica portals’ goal is educational. Images used in the articles are drawn from the Internet, with extensive care to use only free images. In case you are the rightful owner of a picture used and wish the image to be withdrawn, please contact us at skakos@hotmail.com or at harmonia-philosophica@hotmail.com.

Cooperation Inquiries

Please contact us at skakos@hotmail.com or at harmonia-philosophica@hotmail.com for potential cooperation proposals. Such cooperation could include the writing and posting of articles, cross-referencing, production of podcasts or videos or even the organization of events to discus philosophy of religion and science!

~ And remember: You must stop thinking in order to think!

15 thoughts on “About Harmonia”

  1. Hi Spiros

    Thank you for your website, so unusual and refreshing with regard to its content and it’s basic attitude. I could not find any reference to whether or not you allow your articles to be reproduced either in whole or part. I would very much value your permission to use some of your article on the place of the earth in the universe.

    Thank you again.

    Chris

    1. skakos – Athens, Greece – Spiros Kakos (or Spyros Kakos or Spyridon Kakos) [Σπύρος Κάκος] is a thinker located in Athens, Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community [Codeproject]. He is the creator of Huo Chess, one of the smallest micro-chess programs. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector studying the use of PPy in the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!
      skakos says:

      Thanks for the comment Chris! Indeed, this was missing from the About page. I just added it: All the content of Harmonia Philosophica can be freely re-distributed or re-published, if the source of the article is clearly indicated. 🙂

  2. patternsofsouldevelopment – beirut – My passion for psychology, psychoanalysis, mythology, compared religions, consciousness, general chaos theory, complexity and system sciences are not simply intellectual pursuits - to find myself a niche in society from where I can spread my dogmas to others. Instead, they are genuine pursuits that originated from a basic need to understand what I have been experiencing in my life. A need to heal my cognitive dissonance, the gap between objective and subjective reality.
    patternsofsouldevelopment says:

    Extremely happy to have found this your site: a pure strike of luck. I am amazed to see that you have been covering almost the same subjects that have been my focus of interest for the past ten years or so. I come from a different perspective than the philosophic one, but, like you, I have been criss-crossing through all that science – particularly, edge science, in the hopes that it will help me understand my own experience. Unwarily I dropped into consciousness, considerations on the reality of free will, morphogenetic fields, synergetics, catastrophe-chaos theory, systems theory… But I have been less generous (rather “cowardly”) in sharing it all through a blogsite; I have barely began doing it.

    1. skakos – Athens, Greece – Spiros Kakos (or Spyros Kakos or Spyridon Kakos) [Σπύρος Κάκος] is a thinker located in Athens, Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community [Codeproject]. He is the creator of Huo Chess, one of the smallest micro-chess programs. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector studying the use of PPy in the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!
      skakos says:

      Thanks for the comment! I would be more than happy to hear your thoughts on the matter. What is your blog?

      1. patternsofsouldevelopment – beirut – My passion for psychology, psychoanalysis, mythology, compared religions, consciousness, general chaos theory, complexity and system sciences are not simply intellectual pursuits - to find myself a niche in society from where I can spread my dogmas to others. Instead, they are genuine pursuits that originated from a basic need to understand what I have been experiencing in my life. A need to heal my cognitive dissonance, the gap between objective and subjective reality.
        patternsofsouldevelopment says:

        Thank you for the response – I feel bad for not answering promptly, as I keep on postponing for a “better, proper time” – fact is that I keep postponing and that time is hard to come. I do intend to write a few lines with my thoughts about the role of the collective in mass-producing human shambles, but, aren’t they evident?? The lower-than lowest standards in our medias, the tv, the games, the education system, the failed family because failed society, the big face of untruth, falsity and pretense grinning everywhere its large, callous grin, but firstly, I accuse the main point of reference, mainstream science, for denying the true nature of the soul, thus non-allowing a more intelligent approach (in fact, the only approach!) – that of respectfulness in confronts with the individual and with human society at large, with nature, with the planet.

        I would be only glad if you could have a glimpse at my site, but was participating in Blog 101 this January 2015, and it’s been in a very bad shape since – not anyone’s fault but mine. I am currently trying to re-organize and make it open to visits.

        Again, thank you.

      2. Science and logic are really the only known way to get verifiable answers about the external universe. Philosopic discussions about metaphysics and the ‘meaning of reality’and epistamology ‘verifiable knowledge’ have been going on for thousands of years; but they seem to go round and round.

      3. skakos – Athens, Greece – Spiros Kakos (or Spyros Kakos or Spyridon Kakos) [Σπύρος Κάκος] is a thinker located in Athens, Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community [Codeproject]. He is the creator of Huo Chess, one of the smallest micro-chess programs. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector studying the use of PPy in the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!
        skakos says:

        Sure I will be glad to take a look. Which is your site?

  3. I’ve read a couple of your articles now, and I agree with the way you think. Your article on Agnosticism really knocked some sense into me. I have but one more question (for now): What do you believe?

    1. skakos – Athens, Greece – Spiros Kakos (or Spyros Kakos or Spyridon Kakos) [Σπύρος Κάκος] is a thinker located in Athens, Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community [Codeproject]. He is the creator of Huo Chess, one of the smallest micro-chess programs. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector studying the use of PPy in the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!
      skakos says:

      I believe that the irrational has more to give us than the rational. I believe that logic has inherent limitations, while on the other hand intuition and fantasy are what help us see the Unity of the cosmos. I will keep my personal religious beliefs for my self, but I can surely tell you that I believe a First Mover exists. Or at least it is logical to say that he (she? it?) exists? Logical? But I said before that I also believe in the irrational. Well. Then this should be part of my irrationality. In any case I do not discard logic alltogether – I believe logic can provide us some answers (though limited). But the answers to the most important questions are given to us by other means. As a human I feel that I am something more than bones and flesh. And that is why I constantly try to elevate my self from the level I am in right now.

    2. skakos – Athens, Greece – Spiros Kakos (or Spyros Kakos or Spyridon Kakos) [Σπύρος Κάκος] is a thinker located in Athens, Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community [Codeproject]. He is the creator of Huo Chess, one of the smallest micro-chess programs. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector studying the use of PPy in the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!
      skakos says:

      Read “Harmonia Philosophica” main thesis (http://harmoniaphilosophica.wordpress.com/2011/05/08/harmonia-philosophica-english-2jszrulazj6wq-92/). I would love to hear your comments about it.

  4. skakos – Athens, Greece – Spiros Kakos (or Spyros Kakos or Spyridon Kakos) [Σπύρος Κάκος] is a thinker located in Athens, Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community [Codeproject]. He is the creator of Huo Chess, one of the smallest micro-chess programs. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector studying the use of PPy in the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!
    skakos says:

    Yes, you are right that paradoxes are everywhere!
    And indeed, we cannot avoid paradoxes no matter how hard we try… (maybe this is why believing in the One is the only way to deplete those paradoxes)

  5. The point of every…one-way thinking….isn’t that kind of one-way thinking? It’s interesting that to hold that dogmatism is wrong is to believe in the dogma of non-dogmatism. It’s a contradiction. It’s like saying there are NEVER absolutes, which in itself is an absolute – your web page is paradox. You also question whether truth exists, but then claim that one way thinking can’t be the answer, which means that idea is a truth to you. Unless, of course, you can admit that one way thinking may in fact be right, but if left unchallenged we will never know if it is. Odd little spot we find ourselves in, isn’t it?

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