Monday, August 29, 2016

All Saints Church, Wytham Woods.

Wytham Woods, is a few miles outside Oxford. Since 1135 A.D. there was a local church in this beautiful village. The All Saints Church that can be seen now, was constructed by Montague Bertie, 5th Earl of Abingdon, in 1811 -1812 A.D.
There is a great amount of information on the Church website:
http://www.wytham-church.org.uk/all-saints-church-wytham-building.htm







Monday, August 22, 2016

Septivium. 3+4=7 and 3*4=12

3+4=7 and 3*4=12
Seven
The Seven Sages of the ancient worl (Cleobulos of Lindos, Solon, Chilon, Bias of Priene, Thales of Miletus, Pittacus, Periander).
The Seven Cities of the Apocalypse (Pergamos, Smyrna, Efessos, Sardeis, Laodikeia, Thyateira, Filadelphia).
The Seven Sages of the bamboo grove
The seven virtues of Samurai (or eight)
Seven against Thebes and the Seven defenders of Thebes
The Trivium (3) and the Quadrivium (4) which are grammar, rhetoric, logic & arithmetics, geometry,  music, astronomy.
The Seven Christian Virtues (prudence, justice, temperance, courage & faith, hope, love).
The Seven Deadly Sins.
Seven days of the week.

Twelve
Twelve Olympian Gods and Goddesses
Twelve months.
Twelve Apostles.
Twelve days of Christmas.
Twelve seats of the Round Table in the Arthurian legend.
Twelve Titans according to Hesiod.


Bodleian Library, Oxford

John Rouse, the chief librarian of Bodleian, in 1645 A.D. refused to lend to King Charles I, a book, the 'Histoire Universelle du Sieur d'Aubigné' since it was forbidden the book to leave the library. As Oxford is the first University in the English speaking world, it is an integral part of the Western science and education. In my article for the work of Alexander Boot, i added as a reference the book by David C.Lindberg. “The beginning of western science, 600 π.Χ-1450 A.D”.  I recommend it for a first introduction in the history of science in the Classic and the Western world. 
To elaborate on the writings in the doors of the Bodleian library i will add the following information. There are three divisions in the theoretical sciences as extensively discussed by Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274 A.D.) greatly influenced by Aristotle (384-322 B.C.): 
1. Natural sciences 2. Mathematics 3. Theology
Then is the quadrivium, the four subjects of arts: 
1. Arithmetics 2. Geometry 3. Music 4. Astronomy
Before them should be tought the trivium: 
1. Grammar 2. Logic 3. Rhetoric



Friday, July 29, 2016

The fall of the West and the crisis behind our crisis: the work of Alexander Boot

Μια παρουσίαση της δουλειάς του Alexander Boot για το Δίκτυο Ελλήνων Συντηρητικών.

* Η Ελληνική μετάφραση του άρθρου έχει δημοσιευθεί στο Δίκτυο Ελλήνων Συντηρητικών (link).

Alexander Boot was born in Russia (then Soviet Union). He studied in the famous Moscow State University, where he subsequently lectured on English literature. From Russia he left in 1973 pursued by KGB and he initially immigrated to USA (1973) and subsequently to the United Kingdom (1988) realising that the West he admired no longer exists.  Alexander dedicated more than 20 years studying the reasons behind the decline of the Western culture and traditon, and this lead to the writing of a series of important books (and an active blog) with the most important being the “How the West was lost” (I.B.Tauris, 2006), an essential reading for every conservative.
Alexander's work reminds me of Theodore Dalrymple (real name of the sceptical doctor: Dr Anthony Daniels), as a polemic against political correctness, and Sir Roger Scruton on aesthetics and the admiration for Western civilisation, and in general people that regularly contribute articles to the “The Salisbury Review”, a journal where Alexander has published articles in the past. [1]
His writing is sublime and he has a deep understanding of history and of the meaning of words and ideas. His positive influence are Thomas Aquinas and Augustine, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ortega y Gasset and Edmund Burke while he stands against Plato (however, he considers him one of the greatest and most influential thinkers to have ever lived, see “A footnote on Plato” at “The crisis behind our crisis”), RousseauVoltaire, Ηume, ΚantHobbesLockeHegel and of Marx-Darwin-Freud.
Alexander sees the transition from the Classical period, the Greek-Roman world (called “Hellenic man”), [2-3] to Christendom as the beginning of the Western world, (the Western man, is called“Westman”) and the birth of the Modern Man (“Modman”) as the death of the West, of its identity and civilization. While Hellenic Man, was partially transferred to the Westman, the Modman has nothing in common with both of them. 
The transition from Christendom, from an aristocratic society, to an atheist, technocractic, eqalitarian and totalitarian state is initiated before the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, a turning point in European history. [4] Αfter that, Europe was dominated by an extreme modernism (and post-modernism), the totalitarian scientist and the barbarity of modern art and the culture of spectacle. Since all these are symptoms of the same problem his chapter in the anthology The Nation that forgot God” edited by Alex Haydon Sir Edward Leigh (Gracewing Publishing, 2006) is named “PC (“political correctness”) also stands for Post-Christian. So, political correctness and glossocracy, both diverting the real meaning of words are a byproduct of the totalitarian, atheistic, modernism.
There two other, more political works by Alexander, that i would like to mention: “The crisis behind our crisis” (St.Matthew Publishing, 2010) and“Democracy as a neocon trick” (RPP, 2014). In these works, Alexander discusses not only how the “neocons”, led by George Bush, are using democracy as a manichaistic ideology and a way that enables them to start a series of wars (Iraq), and how the modern, materialistic, man caused a dead end economic crisis, two total, world wars and a cultural devastation as also a huge underclass in the western countries without the will for anything. The economic crisis is a result of the metaphysical crisis. 
From the whole work of Alexander, i will close this review with his message in the end of the narration on how "How the West was lost". Admitting that the western man is dead, and the civilisation he created as well, he does believe that they can resurrect. This resurrection is in our hands, by giving an example of dignity, decency, beauty and honour.

Further reading
1.      “The (Salisbury) Review was first published in 1982: Wrong-headed, politically incorrect, reactionary and conservative, we print what most sensible people believe but are frightened to speak of in our bullying, socialist society. Roger Scruton was the Editor for the first eighteen years.” It takes its name from Marquess of Salisbury, Prime Minister of Great Britain for 13 years.
    2. Kurt Weitzmann (ed). Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art & Princeton University Press, 1979
     3. David C.Lindberg. “The beginning of western science, 600 π.Χ-1450 μ.Χ”. 
4. Roger Scruton “The soul of the world” Princeton University Press, 2014


Friday, June 10, 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Seven Virtues of Samurai

The photo was taken in the Ashmolean museum, Oxford, in 2013. 

The Virtues of Samurai are:

- Charity
- Rectitude
- Honesty
- Respect
- Loyalty
- Honour
- Courage





Monday, December 7, 2015

"Japan" article in: Paradox Ethereal Magazine #10

Many thanks to Mary Vareli for asking me to contribute to her magazine. The Issue #10 is available from this link:
https://paradoxethereal.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/paradox-ethereal-magazine-issue-101.pdf






Monday, November 16, 2015

On the recent tragic events in Europe and Middle East

People that support the "open border" and "no cultures" brainwash and propaganda do not understand that instinctively human beings are more attached to their closest people and to those that have more common values or experiences. These brainwash policies will badly backfire since you can't cut a tree from its routes. You might like me but it is your kids, parents, friends that you feel devastated if smt bad happens to them. Likewise if you have lived, spent long time and have memories in a place you are more attached to it even if it is humble compared to the fanciest city centre of a foreign country that you saw for 2-3 days in a tourist trip. Perhaps it shouldn't be like that, perhaps you should care for me as much as your kids but i kindly ask you not to do so. And yes it is shameful that no one knew about the other terrorist attacks recently. We have French friends, Greece and France are traditionally close, it is next to where we live. Maybe it shouldn't be like that but we can't change that.
After the devastation of WWII, Europe decided to abolish nations, borders and cultural identities for people and created meta-modern, multicultural, individualistic societies that people cared exclusively for their personal welfare as individualists and not for any values. This was slow in the beginning and accelerated towards the end of the cold war.
It also started a widespread propaganda in order to put a sense of guilt towards its citizens regarding their history. This ensured that no massive wars between big and powerful states that cause widespread destruction would occur cause no one cared for a country or their relatives.
After the fall of Soviet Union the West saw this victory as the end of history, a triumph of modernism and as a demonstration of the superiority of the individualism and that the world would now be at peace. The huge amount of resources needed to sustain a commercialised lifestyle would be found elsewhere, in poor countries, children working day and night in factories, non-existent "money" in bank transactions and stock markets, real estate booms, places with natural resources and everything would be fine.
The tragic failure of this creates a shock to some people who became blinded by the "golden" 80s-90s with their huge consumerism.
Actually the world in 2015 is more violent than before and no one can see an end in sight despite the huge number of smart phone around.
Alongside the erase of identity and personality comes the widespread persecution for people that are not politically correct or move outside the norm and the average or are older people coming from a different age (see the hate campaign against Professor Tim Hunt of UCL). (by the way for the modern "society" age is bad, being old is bad, does not sell products, youth is everything). The wisdom that comes with age and the service to the society for decades doesn't matter.
Again many people thought that this creates a more balanced life. This is not true at all, it only creates widespread corruption. Politically correctness is not courtesy or even diplomacy, these are opposite things. But in the end people will remember Immanuel Kant even in 1000 years but not the person who put this note on this book (even he had kind intentions the outcome was bad). ps. By the way i wasn't aware that modern kids nowadays are thinking day and night about reading Kant's "Critique of pure reason" instead of clubbing and buying whatever is advertised this week... Glad to hear that and hope that 18th Century German philosophy will not deviate them from the righteous path of public relationships and politically correctness
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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mithras anaglyph in Thermes Xanthi, Northern Greece

Thermes is close to the Greek-Bulgarian borders. It is an isolated mountainous region, where deep in the forest you can find a relief of Mithras from 2-3rd century A.D. The photos are from our visit in 2006.Until 1996 there were borders (ID and passport) controls INSIDE Greece.... In this Northern part of Greece in the mountains live around 50.000 Pomaks, a native Thracian-Slavic race of this mountainous range. They became Muslims centuries ago, and thus due to international conflicts of Greece the access to their villages was controlled by the Greek Army and the police, which was disgraceful. Actually, since most Greeks live far away in Athens and the islands most of them ignore even the existence of Pomaks. The plough is wooden (...) and if i remember well he got very angry when he realized we took a photo of him.








Sunday, June 14, 2015

14th June 1986: Jorge Luis Borges died

In the book "Programming the Universe" about quantum computing by Prof.S.LLoyd (Vintage Books London, 2007), he describes a meeting with Borges  in the garden of the Masters Lodge of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 1983. 

Prof.Lloyd asks a a question to Borges, about the story The Garden of Forking Paths, where he envisions a world in which all possibilities actually happen. At each decision point, each fork in the path, the world takes not one alternative, but both at once. 

Dr. Borges, when you wrote your story, were you aware that it mirrors the so-called Many Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics? In this interpretation, whenever anyone makes a measurement that reveals information about the world being one way or another, the world splits in two and takes both paths. In the conventional interpretation of quantum mechanics, the Copenhagen interpretation, if I ask a nuclear particle whether it is spinning clockwise or counterclockwise, it picks one spin or the other with equal probability. But in the Many Worlds interpretation, at the moment of measurement the worlds path forks and it takes not one fork or the other but both at once.

Borges answer was: No. He went on to say that although he had not been influenced by work on quantum mechanics, he was not surprised that the laws of physics mirrored ideas from literature. After all, physicists were readers too.""