This is an archived copy of the home page of Return to Socrates web site (almost the exact copy at webarchive.org). This copy serves documentary purposes primarily. Things do change dramatically, including at this site. Please be sure to check the latest versions, updates of all pages and software packages.
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The content of this site is inspired by Socrates, the wisest of the mortals and
gods ever. I worship no gods here, nor do I worship humans. I only draw your attention to Socrates' dialectical method: Everything is a unity of two opposites. At the very
beginning of the end there is the very end of the beginning: Infinite and Nothingness. Expansion created by the Big-Bang followed by Implosion created by the
Big-Crunch and so on for ever and never. If A is legitimate, non-A must have legitimacy as well. For there is no logical foundation for the expression only A is legitimate; or,
only Opposite-A is legitimate. I synthesize these statements in the Fundamental Formula of Philosophy:
We follow next our dichotomy in human life. Not to shock anyone, I represent here the following paradigm: Humans as living computers (CompuPsychology). Frankly, the most truthful definition of humans is (you heard it first here, do not blame anyone else): humans are computing beasts. A greatest thinker, Aristotle, a disciple of Plato, who was a disciple of Socrates, defined the human species as Zoon politikon = City beast. Hence, Political beast. Hence, politics. I use the term beast rather than zoon, animal for a strong reason, which I will not explain now. As different as we are from the beasts, we must never forget that they are our ancestors, after all! And we definitely inherited their essence, which is the essence of all life: the Fear and Survival basic input-output system (BIOS -- you need to read the next page). What made humans such a special species was counting, computing. In the next paramount step of evolution, the computing beast honed its skills to become a calculating beast. We owe so much to cunning... Eventually, the number led to the development of speech. It fascinates me to watch lion prides in the African wilderness (the birth place of humans, Homo erectus). It is the most vivid and dramatic illustration of the Fear and Survival essence. For others, the most fascinating embodiment of Fear and Survival is humans at war. Remember how high the television ratings were during the Gulf War of 1990-1991? So, don't you even think of stealing my ideas, because I am truly a Tiger (according to the Chinese horoscope). As usually (and perhaps normally), I expect some negative, sometimes hateful, reaction to my words, ideas, even to my formulas and computer programs. And I sincerely thank you all. Be mindful of great mathematician Leibniz's motto. He said he was willing to walk 100 miles (or kilometers? or whatever?) to listen to his harshest enemy if there was something to learn from it. I assume Leibniz was also very well armed himself. He probably knew the meaning of fear and survival...
Also, you can shop online from this site. You can buy computer software, books, and music (Shopping). There is a customized online PC store as well. You can buy at competitive prices hardware, software, printers, scanners, and a lot more. You can even make hotel reservations and shop for best vacation packages. Additionally, you can download a versatile and powerful text/rtf editor and lottery analyzer: MDI Editor and Lotto (Contact and Gambling Formula). This excellent application is totally free to use for an unlimited time. After all, it's my own creation...
This site offers you a great, no-nonsense Internet portal as well. The portal is located on the Contact page. It is the creation of noted computer columnist and guru John C. Dvorak.
This site is optimized for Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4.0 or later. You can download a free copy by visiting Microsoft.com. Other browsers are quite primitive and look unattractive at this time. Also, it is recommended that you Java-enable your browser to run properly our safe scripts. More and more visitors of this site are using Internet Explorer 4.01, which offers, by far, the best browsing experience. You should avoid Internet Explorer 5 beta -- it has some flaws. Outlook Express 5, however is the best email
client today. Recently, Microsoft has launched a super upgrade: Internet Explorer 5. Everybody should definitely consider using MSIE5 as their primary browser. It is very fast, usable, and customizable. It is by far the best browsing technology to date. Netscape Navigator does not support some of today's technologies, most notably ActiveX controls and VBScript. I wish Internet Explorer 5 will stimulate Netscape and/or AOL to upgrade their sorely outdated browser. I'll post other Internet tips as they come. I am totally unbiased and not sponsored for this activity. I am not at all a Microsoft devotee. On the contrary, I think it would be better if Microsoft was broken up into three companies: operating systems, programming tools, and applications. Competition will always be better than any kind of monopoly.
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