What is Existence? – Call for Irrational Philosophical Essays

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In a glance: Send us your minimum 100-words irrational essay on ‘What is Existence?’ and see it published in Harmonia Philosophica portal! Open to all. No philosophical degree or previous publications required. No entry or publication fees. Deadline 28th February 2022!

Harmonia Philosophica organizes the ‘What is Existence? Call for Irrational Philosophical Essays.

Send your ideas to Harmonia Philosophica to try to answer the topic in the most innovative way possible.

Your philosophical essays will get published on Harmonia Philosophica (read below for requirements).

CALL FOR ESSAYS DETAILS

Topic: What is existence?

Requirements: Send a minimum 100-words essay in English (one entry per participant allowed). The answers must try to explain in an irrational manner what Existence is. Try to do so in your own words and via your own ideas – not by referencing ideas of others! References to existing philosophers’ ideas will not be accepted. The goal is to have genuine unique ideas. The greatest philosophers have anyway failed to reach a consensus on what Existence is. Why not give it a try?!?

NO NEED to be a graduate of philosophy!

NO NEED to have already published something in the past!

NO NEED to pay fees or any other cost!

NO NEED for references in your essay!

NO NEED to use your real name to be published!

JUST SEND YOUR ESSAY WITH YOUR IDEAS!

Innovation is the goal. Not academic conformance!

Tips: Try to be as IRRATIONAL as possible! If you try to think logically, your will most probably end up repeating existing ideas in different words. The big philosophical problems are too hard to be solved with linear logical thinking. What we need is innovation, not repetition of old ideas! Logic is itself based on arbitrary axioms, while what philosophy needs is a fresh look.

NEED INSPIRATION?

Read articles in Harmonia Philosophica related to the irrational!

Or simply start with our Main Thesis.

Prizes: All essays adhering to the requirements mentioned in this page will be published at Harmonia Philosophica.

Important Note: Your essay will be published only if you specifically add the following note at the end of your message: “TO BE PUBLISHED AS {name}“, where in the place of {name} you will put the name under which your essay will be published. For example, add “TO BE PUBLISHED AS Spiros” if you want your essay to be published with the name Spiros. The {name} specified for the publication could be a pseudonym, no need to use your real name! Essays without that note will not be published, due to privacy protection laws requiring your explicit and specific consent to publish something with your name.

Copyright: You retain full copyright on your ideas even after they are published. You retain the right to send a message to Harmonia Philosophica and request the retraction of the publication if needed or simply if you changed your mind.

How to participate: Send your essays to harmonia-philosophica@hotmail.com with subject ‘What is Existence’.

Deadline: The call for essays ends on the 28th of February 2022. Essays will be published until the end of March 2022, depending on the volume of essays received.

Disclaimer: Harmonia Philosophica retains the right not to publish an essay if it has inappropriate, unethical or disrespectful content, if it is off-topic, if it is clearly unserious or facetious or if it is in violation of the law.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

And remember…

You must stop thinking in order to think!

There is no Death! (A child, a brain map and a coincidence?)

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‘No death’ brain map

Harmonia Philosophica has already published articles for the use of brain maps to solve the great philosophical problems of humankind. Check the relative article here.

In summary, the ‘Truth Puzzles’ in Harmonia Philosophica are nothing more than simple brain maps with all the major elements of philosophy (life, death, existence, being, God, truth, phenomena, faith, self, others, knowledge, thinking, consciousness, nothingness, One). Every once in a while we try to draw one new Truth Puzzle (brain map) with all these elements and put random connections between them to indicate the relationship between them. For example an arrow drawn from God to Existence could indicate that God is the source of existence. The connections could be without arrows or with bi-directional arrows as well. There are no rules.

But how are the Truth Puzzles filled in? Based on what thought? Based on what principles?

That is the beauty of it!

The connections in the brain maps are filled in randomly as the writer of the brain map sees fit!

There are no principles!

No thinking!

But could such a random process produce any meaningful result? one might ask…

Sure it can!

Why shouldn’t it?

We know so little about life, death, existence and all the other elements of philosophy, that thinking has not managed to bring us any inch closer to the truth, if such thing ever exists. Our best shot in finding the ‘solution’ to the great philosophical problems of humankind is to just start drawing lines in random based on our instinct or just based on… nothing! Who knows? One of those Truth Puzzles could hold the answer we have been searching for since Plato. And if non-thinking sounds weird to you, read related articles in Harmonia Philosophica about non-thinking (with the tag ‘against thinking’ or ‘non-thinking’) and you will understand what we are talking about here. In short, structured thinking is as good as the principles on which it is based upon. And our thinking about the abovementioned elements of philosophy is based on pure ignorance.

But let us go back to the point at hand.

One day I asked from a child to fill in a brain map. I had entered all the elements and just asked from the child to fill in the relationships between ALL the elements of the Truth Puzzle with whatever way it saw fit.

The child liked the game and started filling in the brain map relationships.

When it finished, it gave the brain map back to me.

To my amazement, this is what it had handed over…

‘No death’ brain map (Truth Puzzle)

The child had put relationships (arrowless relationships to be exact – but having arrows was never a requirement) between all elements of the Truth Puzzle.

Except for one.

The element of ‘Death’ was omitted from the relationships!

After discussing we found out that this was done because the left hand of the child was on top of the ‘Death’ word while filling in the puzzle, something that by itself does not reduce the importance or the amazement element of the coincidence (I would rather say that it increases it, if we see this as a more fundamental way in which the ‘Death’ element was hidden completely from the eyesight of the child). A coincidence that it could alone be the topic of a separate dedicated article. I am sure Jung would be very much interested in such a coincidence had he came upon such.

Yet, I am not talking about the coincidence of omitting only the ‘Death’ element from the Truth Puzzle. What I am talking about is something much more fundamental: The child did not use all the elements in the brain map even though it was told to do so! This might sound mundane to you, but it not. We constantly make assumptions in our thought and based on these assumptions we produce more thoughts. We deduce conclusions, we derive theorems, we build science and cultivate philosophy. However we keep on forgetting that our assumptions are here only to be questioned and replaced by new ones at our own free will!

In the Truth Puzzles I created I made the assumption that all these great words (Truth, Death, Life, Existence, …) should all somehow be connected with each other.

A random (and beautiful) coincidence reminded me of the need to be more vigilant of my own dogmatism. I should never take for granted rules that I myself invented.

This applies to me, to you, to all philosophers, to all scientists, to all thinkers, to all humans. We should constantly question the obvious and make irrational thoughts. Only the irrational is free enough to actually produce valid results without the need for unfounded assumptions.

At the end, I am not certain whether there Death does not exist.

But from now on, I will also keep in mind that I do not know whether Death exists either…

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Questions… Hiding the Answers…

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We keep on asking our selves how we can live forever.

We keep trying to find answers on deep philosophical questions for the meaning of life.

We insist on trying to find out what ‘reality’ is.

Only because we are afraid.

To admit that there are no answers to our questions.

We always knew that.

You see, the questions we pose are not here to reveal the answers.

But to conceal them.

For we knew the answers from the moment we thought the questions.

Questions that never existed anyway.

We thought of those questions.

In a void world full of nothing but existence.

How could there be answers to things we ourselves thought of?

Look at the calm lake.

The only reason you are asking so many questions about the waves on its surface.

Is because you want to hide.

The fact that your are the one disturbing its peace…

Oh, humans.

Gods.

Destroyers of the world…

If only you kept silent.

You would hear all the answers…

Inside the void that bred them.

Truth Puzzles: Solving the mysteries of the world…

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Philosophers have pondered on the answers to the great metaphysical questions of humankind for aeons…

And they have failed miserably to find definitive answers.

Every philosopher has his or her own views, which usually are in complete opposition to the views of other philosophers.

There is currently no way to decide who is right and who is wrong. Perhaps there will never be.

Truth puzzles are here to the rescue!

But what are they?

Simply put, they are a way to easily and quickly draft your thoughts on how the great elements of philosophy and life connect to each other.

The elements of the puzzle are the major elements that trouble philosophers for centuries: God, existence, Being, self, others, life, death, phenomena, reality, One, faith, nothingness, knowledge, senses, thought, consciousness. You can of course add more as you please, but these are the major ones.

Major elements of a Truth Puzzle

The goal of a truth puzzle is to draw the connections between these elements.

How to fill in the puzzles?

It is very easy: Just take all the elements, draw them on a paper and then connect them! The connections could be simple lines, lines with arrows or even lines with explanations detailing the nature of the connections.

I have created Truth Puzzles on paper while sitting for coffee, or with any of the various mind mapping applications available. For example the below image was created with the miMind Android application. Any brain map application will do the trick.

Truth Puzzle 2021-07-24 by me

Now the important part of the instructions: Don’t think too much!

As said already, the solution of the problem is not evident and perhaps will never be! So don’t bother with thinking. Just like in automatic writing, let yourself go and just randomly draw lines and connections between the elements of the puzzle!

Given the complex nature of the problem and our almost total ignorance of what life and existence truly are, there is really no point in trying to think how to draw the Truth Puzzle.

Truth Puzzle 2021-07-25 by Karpouzi

And to be honest, randomly drawing without the arbitrarily created obstacles by human-defined logic, could be the best shot we ever had at the problem in the first place!

So go on and have fun!

Fill in your Truth Puzzles, share it with your friends or even send it to Harmonia Philosophica for publication and, you never know…

What you created might be the solution of the mysteries of the world that Parmenides and Aristotle were looking for…

Experts’ opinion…

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You read philosophy and you are so much interested in the opinion of the “experts”.

If only you knew that they just say whatever comes into their heads.

Believe in your opinion.

The more ignorant you are for a subject, the better grasp you have of it.

Pure thought cannot be produced into a university.

Knowledge is it’s killer…

[written on 7/2014]