HISTORY


My first attempt at philosophy was way back in 1981. My first monograph had an impressive Dutch title : Schetsen van een Absurde Wereldbeschouwing, or : Sketches of an Absurd World View. It was pessimistic, dark and annihilationist. In 1982, I began practicing Yoga (started with Ananda Marga Yoga, then, seven years later, Pātañjala Yoga). As the result of my practice of Hindu Yoga, a strong interest in the actuality of mystical experience rose.

In 1984, College Tractaat (College Tractate) got written. The nihilist view was out and the urge to manifest a philosophical system poignant. In 1987, Proto-Tractatus Logico-Comicus emerged. This first English text drew the contours of this system-to-be.
Between 1981 and 1992, integrating a decade of study of the epistemology of the mysticism of Jewish, Christian and Muslim mystics, the Tractatus Logico Tragi-Comicus (1992) emerged. Besides a considerable reorganization of themes, this basic text suggested years of study ahead. Countless corrections would be the outcome. The leading idea never left since then is the principle of the non-reduciblility of the cosmic operators matter, information and consciousness.

In 1990, in order to be able to actually continue practicing philosophy, I co-founded Taurus Consulting Agency Ltd, a Belgian company offering consultancy services to companies. So for nearly three decades, mindful of ‘free study’ (Multatuli), I remained sufficiently free of instrumental and strategic factors, making independent philosophical activity possible.

In 1996, the issue of being read, and therefore interact with a community of relevant sign-interpreters was solved by the WWW. On the 9th of April 1996, my Report on Studies in Philosophy became
available on the Internet. At present, a corpus of over seven thousand PDF-pages is shared at no cost with all users of the WWW. These philosophical investigations are backed by hermeneutic, neurophilosophical, kemetic, and Dharmic studies. Recently, studies in the philosophy of music were added, but these are in their early stage.

Escaping the dogmas and directives of any organized religion, church, lodge, temple, cult, sect, lineage, spiritual school or sectarian organization, and avoiding economical, political and academic pressure, the aim here was and remains free study.

Since 2006, I became a practicing Buddhist. The ‘Dharmic approach’ to spirituality facilitated a viable integration of mystical experience with science and philosophy.

Philosophy, or love of wisdom, is a cognitive answer –extraordinary, multi-dimensional and comprehensive– to this call rooted in our physical, informational and sentient evolution, to know as much as possible, to invent novel order by actively transcending limitations and to open up and unchain our minds, thus producing more complex, refined and subtle states of matter, information and consciousness, thereby aiding creative advance and negentropy. This answer is engaged, open, personal, dialogal, rational, critical, creative and seeks the unconditional. Philosophy allows recurrent and multiple transferences between, on the one hand, reason and intuition or meta-reason, and, on the other hand, reason and instinct or ante-reason. It is open to the spontaneous, meaningful, wondrous, luminous, ineffable.

In 2015, the last level of this long work was ready to be implemented. The intent being an organisation in three tiers.

The FIRST TIER are the web studies at www.sofiatopia.org between 1996 until 2016. This material is provisional. Nearly all webpages have a timeline bar at the bottom, mentioning date of initiation (or first publication on the WWW), date of last update and version n°. With each change of view, a new version ensues. Everything else is an update, ranging from typos to small changes not affecting the view. These webpages have and are being read, resulting in fertile interactions with readers over the last two decades. The web publications were intended as ongoing studies. When considered stable enough, this material, nihil obstat, is reworked and published on paper or in electronic format. Then the timeline bar does not change anymore and the webpage is defined as ‘final’. The webpages serve as a pool from which to derive the other two tiers of the work.

The SECOND TIER are publications on paper, either as traditional books or as Print-On-Demand Publications. This began in 2015.

The THIRD TIER has all the e-publications for tablets and smartphones (in EPUB format, Kindle format etc.).


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