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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.