Welcome

Welcome to loico (pro­nounced “lȯēcō”, named after the ver­sion of the Italian word “logi­co” used by Dante in his works), the human place on the web that brings log­ic to life, designed to help the the­o­ret­i­cal­ly ori­ent­ed com­pre­hend and con­ceive, the enjoy­ment-ori­ent­ed rejoice, the prac­ti­cal­ly ori­ent­ed pro­duce and pre­serve, from indi­vid­ual well-being to orga­ni­za­tion­al excel­lence. Designed, also, to ren­der as per­me­able as pos­si­ble the bound­aries between one such ori­en­ta­tion and the oth­ers, so max­i­miz­ing for every­one the price­less val­ue of actu­al log­ic. – Lest we for­get: Seemingly (while not actu­al­ly) “by the way”, loico is the one reli­able resource regard­ing actu­al anti-aging.

loico will seek hard to keep the length of indi­vid­ual arti­cles and posts to a min­i­mum, the log­i­cal min­i­mum, respec­tive­ly high­light­ing just the active inner struc­ture that makes things “tick” or “work” (promised, though we can obvi­ous­ly not guar­an­tee to suc­ceed in being per­fect­ly suc­cinct at all times, espe­cial­ly when work­ing on urgent mat­ters under severe time con­straints). To give a mean­ing­ful impres­sion of what we have in mind with the rather ambi­tious and com­pre­hen­sive project that is loico, how­ev­er, requires more than a few para­graphs. So if in this very moment you have a few min­utes at your dis­pos­al rather than just 30 sec­onds, do read on.

If you would like to improve your think­ing; com­pre­hend more deeply what counts as “known”; com­pre­hend the log­ic of your body and fos­ter your long-term health; com­pre­hend the world around you more pro­found­ly; see con­tro­ver­sial issues con­tem­plat­ed in a strict­ly log­i­cal man­ner; poten­tial­ly par­tic­i­pate in push­ing the bound­aries of human knowl­edge; sim­ply improve your life; or even eval­u­ate whether to make incor­rupt­ible and ulti­mate­ly pro­duc­tive log­ic your intel­lec­tu­al home:

Welcome home.

Welcome to the home of the bright­est minds of all time, such as Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Shakespeare, Schiller, Beethoven, Aristoteles, and Hegel, whose shared home is – log­ic itself.

That same log­ic, as we ven­ture to antic­i­pate right at the out­set, which pow­ers phe­nom­e­na as “unimag­in­able” as quan­tum entan­gle­ment, rel­a­tiv­i­ty of space and time, and grav­i­ta­tion; as “unpre­dictable” as the busi­ness cycle; as com­plex as the human organ­ism; and as unbe­liev­able as love. Which helps fath­om the “unfath­omable”, dis­prove “unprov­abil­i­ty”, make bet­ter deci­sions where deci­sions mat­ter, and con­ceive dis­rup­tive ideas when only those will do. Which can pow­er our thought, prof­itably. If we just pay a lit­tle atten­tion. To our thought, that is.

Personal prof­it from embrac­ing log­ic comes in many dif­fer­ent fla­vors. To sug­gest a few, adopt­ing a more log­i­cal view on the world can help you

  • pre­serve the pre­cious prop­er­ty that is your health, fos­ter your sus­tain­able fit­ness and main­tain your youth;
  • ful­ly com­pre­hend what you actu­al­ly are, lit­er­al­ly set­ting your­self free; free, among oth­er things, to take con­trol of your psy­cho-log­i­cal state, from instant­ly enter­ing deep relax­ation to accel­er­at­ing into focused activ­i­ty, to refo­cus­ing when the mind begins to wander;
  • view and con­front oth­er peo­ple – espe­cial­ly those dear to you – in even more elat­ing ways;
  • design strate­gic projects such that they are most like­ly to succeed;
  • avoid sig­nif­i­cant mis­takes man­ag­ing your finan­cial resources;
  • cut through polit­i­cal and media jar­gon to the true core of true core issues;
  • and, any­thing but least, appre­ci­ate human-cre­at­ed beau­ty as well as sci­ence most ful­ly and profoundly.

Societal prof­it from embrac­ing log­ic, in terms of increased inner peace and over­all pros­per­i­ty, is vir­tu­al­ly inestimable.

Just as ines­timable as sci­en­tif­ic prof­it deriv­ing from strict atten­tion to log­ic in all knowl­edge-seek­ing endeavours.

Time to let the grown-ups take over once again

Materialist approach­es to explain­ing the world, includ­ing those employ­ing mere­ly “for­mal” or “math­e­mat­i­cal log­ic”, have ulti­mate­ly proved unsat­is­fac­to­ry with the dis­cov­ery of quan­tum entan­gle­ment: mea­sur­able mate­r­i­al effect with ruled-out mate­r­i­al medi­a­tion. In con­se­quence, there cur­rent­ly is no remote­ly con­sis­tent the­o­ry of our phys­i­cal world.

Time to let the grown-ups take over once again. Those, that is, whose think­ing is noth­ing but log­ic itself hav­ing grown up organ­i­cal­ly from its own out­set. Those whose think­ing for­mu­lat­ed rel­a­tiv­i­ty of space and time in a con­sis­tent way 80 years before Albert Einstein did the same in an incon­sis­tent way – and in whose think­ing rel­a­tiv­i­ty of space and time as well as quan­tum entan­gle­ment con­sis­tent­ly coex­ist. Those who take log­ic seri­ous­ly, with­out arbi­trar­i­ly reduc­ing it to mere “for­mal” appear­ance, a reduc­tion which announces itself by the very addi­tion of the nar­row­ing attribute “for­mal” to the com­pre­hen­sive con­cept which is log­ic. Those who do not attempt to “add” log­i­cal “form” to imag­i­nary “con­tent” when in fact log­ic is the ulti­mate form that gen­er­ates its own con­tent. All con­tent, that is, also known as: “the uni­verse”. And while it is stag­ger­ing to see just how much log­ic is con­tained in the mere word: “uni­verse” – afraid we have to leave this to a sep­a­rate article.

Promotion and popularization of logical thinking

loico exists to pro­mote and pop­u­lar­ize log­i­cal think­ing. To help you make your­self at home in what real­ly is your home just as much as it is Dante’s. And, not least, to help you feel com­fort­ably at home. Which is why loico likes to high­light log­ic in beau­ty and art and con­scious­ly com­mences from the pleas­ing realm of poet­ry. Rather: from the most-admired poet of all time and his use of the more smooth­ly pro­nounce­able, “poet­ic” ver­sion (not uncom­mon in his time) of the word “logi­co” in the phrase head­ing this web­site: “Perhaps you did not think I was a logi­cian!” It can eas­i­ly be argued that Dante real­ly speaks of him­self here (though not only, as we will see), for the most stu­pen­dous poet­ic work ever con­ceived is as log­i­cal as it gets when looked at with a trained eye (Dante will lat­er base his gov­er­nance-relat­ed trea­tise “Monarchia” express­ly on log­i­cal premises).

Which makes the point: If log­ic gov­erns a realm as seem­ing­ly uncon­strained as poet­ry, it may well gov­ern every­thing; and indeed it does. You your­self will dis­cov­er that you are much more of a logi­cian than you may have thought.

Beyond imagination

loico exists to inves­ti­gate, even­tu­al­ly, every­thing beyond how it is mere­ly imag­ined, arriv­ing at how it results in log­i­cal thought. Imagination mix­es image with log­ic, an under­tak­ing which, wher­ev­er log­ic is con­scious­ly cast to illus­tra­tive image, can go unbe­liev­ably right and result in divine works of art, which loico will always be first in line to ven­er­ate. The image-laden mix, how­ev­er, can just as well fin­ish in bad­ly mix­ing up the log­ic it con­tains. A mix-gone-wrong tak­en as basis for human action reg­u­lar­ly results in cat­a­stroph­ic or at least high­ly unde­sired out­comes. Such as the one Dante refers to in loico’s sig­na­ture phrase. On the oth­er hand, get­ting the log­ic right in a giv­en set­ting will over­whelm­ing­ly lead to prof­itable outcomes.

Improving profitability

Profitable, also, in the very finan­cial mean­ing of the word.

Profit in finan­cial terms results from rev­enues exceed­ing expens­es, and log­i­cal errors impact both rev­enue gen­er­a­tion and expense lev­els. Illogical busi­ness designs or deci­sions will soon­er or lat­er lead to finan­cial loss and, ulti­mate­ly, bank­rupt­cy, while illog­i­cal polit­i­cal deci­sions reg­u­lar­ly cost tax­pay­ers the equiv­a­lent of hun­dreds of bil­lions of dol­lars or Euros.

In the peren­ni­al­ly under­fund­ed-seem­ing world of sci­ence, illog­i­cal exper­i­men­tal designs waste mon­ey, and lots of it. Illogical inter­pre­ta­tion of exper­i­men­tal results tends to spur fur­ther waste­ful research. loico will, from time to time, high­light respec­tive exam­ples. The vaster our col­lec­tion of “known facts” about the human organ­ism becomes, the more urgent does it become to relate them in a way that makes log­i­cal sense before con­ceiv­ing fur­ther research. To make the case, loico plans to pre­dict, on occa­sion, whether planned or ongo­ing clin­i­cal tri­als are going to turn out unsuc­cess­ful because of flaws in the under­ly­ing logic.

Logical predictions

Beyond the area of clin­i­cal stud­ies, loico may, from time to time, pre­dict sig­nif­i­cant devel­op­ments both in the inter­na­tion­al polit­i­cal are­na as well as with regard to glob­al finan­cial mar­kets based on log­i­cal analy­sis, as the founders of loico have suc­cess­ful­ly done in the past. Among cor­rect­ly pre­dict­ed devel­op­ments and out­comes count the long-last­ing ascent of US stock mar­kets that start­ed in March of 2009, pre­dict­ed one month ahead of time (on February 4) in a short arti­cle sub­mit­ted to the German paper “Frankfurter Allgemeine” (which may still be bit­ing its nails for not pub­lish­ing it), when most observers actu­al­ly feared a repeat of the Great Depression of 1929-32; the out­come of the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion of November 8, 2016; the dra­mat­ic pow­er shift in the Italian polit­i­cal land­scape that began in earnest in 2017; the mid-to-longer term suc­cess or fail­ure of sev­er­al new­ly formed German polit­i­cal par­ties imme­di­ate­ly after their formation.

Logical neuroscience

For an endeav­or that cen­ters on log­ic, the most promi­nent sub­ject of inves­ti­ga­tion has to be, of course, the real­iza­tion of log­i­cal thought in its phys­i­cal cor­re­late, the human brain, as well as the dom­i­nant role the brain holds in the entire human organ­ism. The gen­er­al assess­ment among neu­ro­sci­en­tists today is, and has actu­al­ly been for decades, that of the brain much is known yet lit­tle is under­stood. loico com­bines deep log­i­cal as well as neu­ro­sci­en­tif­ic exper­tise and strong­ly aims to advance neu­ro­sci­en­tif­ic under­stand­ing to a neu­ro­log­i­cal one in the true sense of this word.

Virtual research institute

loico’s busi­ness – the core busi­ness of the logi­cian – is to gen­er­ate knowl­edge by con­nect­ing the dots that have been spot­ted by oth­ers yet have so far been either dis­re­gard­ed or mere­ly con­sid­ered in iso­la­tion, because their con­nect­ed­ness to oth­er dots has not been imme­di­ate­ly appar­ent. With time, beyond its inten­tion to occa­sion­al­ly com­ment on the design of select­ed exper­i­ments or the inter­pre­ta­tion of their respec­tive results from a log­i­cal stand­point, loico intends to sug­gest exper­i­ments designed to answer ques­tions raised by log­i­cal delib­er­a­tion, pre­dom­i­nant­ly with regard to the human organ­ism and long-term human health. As income gen­er­at­ed from com­mer­cial activ­i­ty per­mits, loico intends to help finance the exe­cu­tion of such experiments.

Fostering freedom

Ultimately, loico is about the ulti­mate quest of man: to achieve utmost free­dom. What is not com­pre­hend­ed, lit­er­al­ly remains “out­side”, and what remains out­side retains the poten­tial to hin­der. The oft-cit­ed “Know thy­self” (γνῶθι σεαυτόν), inscribed in a col­umn with­in the fore­court of the Apollo tem­ple at Delphi, right­ly reminds that the most per­ilous “out­side” of all is man’s uncom­pre­hend­ed self; a want we aspire to avoid. The ulti­mate­ly free state of mind, in which there is noth­ing left out­side to relate to in a depen­dent way, is the state that through the ages has been called “beat­i­tude”, defined by the Merriam-Webster dic­tio­nary as “a state of utmost bliss”.

This ulti­mate­ly free state of mind is, in fact, the log­i­cal state of mind. A state of mind con­vey­ing widest-rang­ing indi­vid­ual sov­er­eign­ty, able to ini­ti­ate pro­found advances for human­i­ty as a whole. We envi­sion that loico will inspire the devel­op­ment of human-cen­tric, free­dom-fos­ter­ing tech­no- as well as method­olo­gies that will shape the face of the 21st cen­tu­ry, and may at times direct­ly con­tribute to this process.

As Dante explains in “Monarchia”, log­ic dic­tates that the ulti­mate goal of humankind be com­pre­hend­ing the uni­verse in its entire­ty (or at least as far as at all pos­si­ble at a giv­en time), which, giv­en the size of the task, can only be achieved by the very same humankind as a whole. loico is, there­fore, an invi­ta­tion to every­one hap­py to be human to join in, to employ and cel­e­brate what makes humans human: the abil­i­ty to think.

And crit­i­cal­ly so. As Dante, this larg­er-than-life logi­cian more than 700 years ahead of his time, fur­ther asserts in “Comedia”, absolute truth is inex­tri­ca­bly linked to – doubt. No actu­al truth with­out doubt; the biggest favor loico can ask of its read­ers and view­ers is there­fore to doubt and dis­sent. As con­fi­dent as we are about the exten­sive con­tri­bu­tion loico will make to human self-aware­ness in both its the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal aspects, we pre­fer to stand cor­rect­ed a thou­sand times over just once appear­ing to want to tram­ple on truth. Feeling strong­ly how much we have left to learn, a want we do not feel weigh­ing on our shoul­ders as much as push­ing us for­ward to study and explore, we feel the time has come for loico to be launched, as both offer and invi­ta­tion. Beyond the obvi­ous pos­si­bil­i­ty to com­ment, sug­gest top­ics and pro­pose arti­cles, we plan to estab­lish sev­er­al sig­nif­i­cant ways to par­tic­i­pate in the long-term cog­ni­tive-com­mu­nica­tive process which is loico. –

If you so wish, join us in explor­ing how log­ic moves every­thing and how it lives right in what is you.

How illog­ic, in turn, irri­tates, exhausts, bores, holds cap­tive, ren­ders ill and even­tu­al­ly kills.

To help you stay afar from per­il, loico may be your “light” on the way, just as Virgil to Dante, and Dante to uncount­ed read­ers over the centuries.

Just in case you have noth­ing bet­ter to do.

Just jok­ing.

Welcome aboard!