If Logic: True, then why Logical Positivism: False

Logical positivism was built on a contradiction. Formal mathematical symbolic logic (henceforth simply logic), as the most important scientific tool is on the same time the cornerstone of science, the reason being that logic is the only generally accepted route of putting together antecedents and reaching a sane and safe conclusion. Logic is concerned with the form of a syllogism, not with its semantic content; therefore, logic is formal; this means that it is void of meaning. Like the rest of mathematics, it is axiomatically set and its symbols are void of signified content.

So when one tries to support a verifiability principle seeking mathematical proofs in observed phenomena (and Not in “veritas”=reality/truth, which is NOT observed), one has taken the first step towards disaster. Add to that a number of premises derived from the work of one of the greatest comedians of modernity, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and you may very easily get the whole picture.

Thing is that scientists nowadays regress to what logical positivists cranked up and try to support their findings implementing observatory data. Or, even worse, they fantasize that they are basing their theories on experiments. At some point though, logic must prevail, if what we want is science and not empiricist essays.


Also Sprach Steiner




Also Sprach Steiner (oder Steiner gegen Kant)


Nietzsche was a philosopher whom Rudolf Steiner greatly sympathized, even though he did not share his beliefs – something that was of secondary importance to Steiner. However this article is about another great spirit, Emmanuel Kant, and a first approach to his philosophical system through the critical words of Rudolf Steiner, as we find them in several of his works.


As with Descartes’ “cogito ergo sum”  (which Steiner found it not enough to draw –like Descartes did – further conclusions about other things of the world), talking about Kant, one should right away start with his infamous “categorical imperative” and more specifically, its first expression:


„Handle nur nach derjenigen Maxime, durch die du zugleich wollen kannst, dass sie ein allgemeines Gesetz werde.“ – Immanuel Kant: AA IV, 421

(“I ought never to conduct myself except so that I could also will that my maxim

become a universal law.”)


There are many implications from this statement. The most known one is that you shall not lie, even if this means that the world will end.


Kant is THE model of deontocracy:  Act according to the absolute and global truths, no matter the consequences. Kantian philosophicoethical system, that combines freedom, rationalism and morality is maybe the single most influential current of our century in disciplines as different as bioethics and education.


“Handle so, dass die Grundsätze deines Handelns für alle Menschen gelten können”?


— Stimmt nicht! Sagte Steiner:

— Das könnte Nicht sein!


“Dieser Satz ist der Tod aller individuellen Antriebe des Handelns. Nicht wie alle Menschen handeln würden, kann für mich maßgebend sein, sondern was für mich in dem individuellen Falle zu tun ist.”

(“Act so that the principles of your actions can be valid for all men?” “This principle is death to all individual impulses of action. How all men would act cannot be a standard for me, but rather what is right for me to do in the particular instance.”


Why is Steiner so negative? Where does he stand? I will try to explain it in a way that will elucidate Steiner’s more general views.

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The Monroe – Gaga effect.

Among my other activities, I am an active tennis teacher. As a tennis teacher, I have quite many kids in my facebook. Whenever I take a look at my news feed or when I happen to take a look at someone’s “about” page I see what one would expect to see when kids and teenagers express themselves: Boys talk about football, girls, music and 9gag and girls talk about boys, other girls, music and relationships.

What one will not see is any quote from anyone intellectually worthy man or woman. No Plato, no Kant, no Mill, or anyone with a great work in arts or sciences. Youngsters are not dumb; if they had read any of these they would definitely appreciate many things and quote them (as they already do with singers, actors and football players). We pay so much for an educational system that is unable to have the majority of our children to read an important philosophical – or other – book till they graduate (and I doubt how many do read one even afterwards). How useless school is, is another point though and not currently to be further analyzed.

Interestingly, what is common for everyone to have at some time posted in their profile are two quotes, one from Merylin Monroe, and the second from Lady Gaga:


“If you can’t love me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best”

Gaga (usually all or some of the following):

“Well, that’s your opinion, isn’t it? And I’m not about to waste my time trying to change it.”

“Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.”

“I am beautiful in my own way, ‘Cause God makes no mistakes. I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way.”

Most children will never have the opportunity to be parts of real schools and work hard to develop themselves, thus acquiring true inner value(s). Worst part is that because they already spend a huge amount of time and energy in common schools, they are told – and they believe – that this is all there is to it. This way, they have even less chance to really find a school, as they are deceived. What are and where true schools are is – again – not the subject of this article. In brief, a school may only exist when the leader is a truly inspired, educated, skilled individual and represents a great tradition. What the school teaches is not of importance: It can be anything from piano to aikido and philosophy or mathematics.

So, what does a teenager really says to him/herself and everyone, left uneducated and confused? Let’s see the thread of thought…

– “You have to tolerate everything from me, not because this is the right thing to do as I am a weak creature learning things, but because I AM already important!”

– “Am I unique and therefore, important?”

– “Of course! Gaga says I am!”

Unfortunately, this a priori-importance-of-our-“distinguished”-personality attitude (the Monroe-Gaga effect), is something that actually characterizes children’s behaviour and their worldview today, making it so much harder for them to evolve and actually reach a point when they will indeed be unique and valuable – to themselves most importantly.

Socrates said “ I know one, that I know nothing”. People who actually know nothing, think they know much. It is people who do know unimaginably many things that truly appreciate the unimportance of their knowledge and their existence. My generation hoped that with so much information freely and unrestrictedly available through the internet, next generations of children would be so well educated. Till now, this hasn’t been the case.



I find you (training) irresistible!


Some empirical evidence to acquire a point of reference:


Morihiro Saito (Iwama Aikido Founder and the one who Ueshiba himself left to lead the Iwama dojo where he taught weapons) demonstrates tai no henko with one of his students in a seminar somewhere abroad. Afterwards, the rest of the students who participate in the seminar repeat the exercise. A foreign student who came for the seminar pairs with the student of Saito Sensei to practice the technique. When it is Saito’s student turn as an uke (receiver of the attack), the foreign student cannot move because he is grabbed too strongly by him. He complaints:

– Why do you hold me so strongly? Please hold me lightly, as you did with Saito Sensei some seconds ago!

– (answer) I held him even tighter than you!


Tony Sargeant (6 Dan, student of Saito Sensei) notices:

“I hear people all the time complaining that this or that person is strong, resistive or too heavy, or not cooperative and that they have a difficulty in executing the techniques with such persons. Or I hear them commenting that this or that person is “light” or “heavy”. I honestly cannot understand what this means. I feel everybody, no matter who they are or what they do, the same, that is, weightless.”


Zacharias Kapandaidakis, en statu nascendi representative of  Ju-jutsu in Greece explains that if your pair in practice doesn’t try to give you what he’s really got, it’s unethical: He lets you leave with illusions about your real abilities.


The views about training resistance of the aforementioned people come in direct contrast with the proponents of a resistance-less training to “develop sensitivity”?


I will try to support in this article not only that both are right but that they are simultaneously right. In order to do that, I will try to use appropriate methodological tools developed by the science of exceptional achievement, a science that has been developed only recently and combines cognitive science, sports sciences and social sciences under a huge program that tries to explain world-class expertise in any domain.


We should agree right away that at least a minimum of resistance is necessary. Let’s take judo. In judo, a throw has three distinct phases: Kuzushi, Tsukuri and Kake: Unbalancing the opponent, loading and unloading (throwing) respectively. One could say that many martial art techniques can be split the same way or in similar fashion. For example, Kuzushi may well be the Atemi or first attack, Tsukuri – sometimes more and some time less obvious – the main technique and Kake, could be the final damage that the technique is supposed to cause to the opponent.


Now, if no resistance at all was present at any time, the learner would not even feel when each phase takes place. Loading and unloading the opponent would just be mere concepts, but with no physical counterpart. Indeed, in judo, the minimum of resistance is both desired and naturally supplied by the weight of the opponent.


On the other hand, there is no point in resisting your opponent too much and block his techniques. No one wants – nor does it appear any useful – to try a hip-throw on a bulldozer! I said “it does not appear any useful” because one actually needs to physically repeat a movement to learn it. This might seem a tautology, but because people daydream, even the most obvious facts must be stated.

These two examples of the two extremes seem intuitively logical as well.  The crucial question is, what is the best resistance for learning a martial art (or even another motor skill) ? Again, one tends to assume that the ideal level of resistance would fall somewhere between the two extremes of  no- and full- resistance. But where exactly?
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The Distal Method

I have developed a novel methodology to address the developmental aspects of procedural learning. The website is simple and informative. The method will reach a maturity level after the publication of the relevant books I am preparing. I will keep everyone updated on the release date of the books, their availability and exact contents!



Think & Hit

Konstantinos Papageorgiou, Stathis Charitonides and Triantafylos Christanas are the founders of the new paradigm for tennis. The website provides a thorough  analysis of the paradigm, offers solutions and explains why there is something really new and why nobody ever imagined it.


Ueshiba, Star Wars and (…of course) Tennis!

At least Ueshiba was  old (in his mid fifties), practiced for life with teachers that represented a tradition of hundreds of years and most importantly, had a profound spiritual enlightenment (and at least two more later on):


…I felt the universe suddenly quake, and that a golden spirit sprang up from the ground, veiled my body, and changed my body into a golden one. At the same time my body became light. I was able to understand the whispering of the birds, and was clearly aware of the mind of God, the creator of the universe.At that moment I was enlightened: the source of budo is God’s love – the spirit of loving protection for all beings… Budo is not the felling of an opponent by force; nor is it a tool to lead the world to destruction with arms. True Budo is to accept the spirit of the universe, keep the peace of the world, correctly produce, protect and cultivate all beings in nature.

and later on …

“Around 2 am as I was performing misogi, I suddenly forgot all the martial techniques I had ever learned. The techniques of my teachers appeared completely new. Now they were vehicles for the cultivation of life, knowledge, and virtue, not devices to throw people with.”


and even later a third spiritual revelation…

“The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter – it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.”

Upon creating Aikido and demonstrating supernatural powers (many examples you can see in youtube and even my Sensei, Tony Sargeant, exhibits skills that defy physical laws) even then, nobody tried to imitate him. His teachings yes, thousands followed. Nobody nevertheless tried to just imitate his movements.

Even nowadays that we have plenty of video material from him performing the techniques, no one will ever try to see if his movement is identical to a slow motion video of Ueshiba. It would seem ridiculous.

Not in tennis though! Using as alibi some crap biomechanical analysis that sounds a big deal to the ears of 15 year old boys, their parents and some not much more educated trainers, it is common grounds today to consider a side-by-side video comparison of your forehand with Federer’s as state of the art training. It appears to be very convenient to people to assume that. (See also my book ‘Magical Thinking‘). Nevertheless, nobody, ever is perfect. Not even Ueshiba claimed that! And to my knowledge, neither Federer himself – nor any other serious performer in any sport or art or science – ever claimed to possess technical perfection. But even if Federer was perfect, everybody has a unique adaptation to technical skills, called style, which should never be copied. A teaching system (the current) based on imitation is inherently wrong and disoriented to say the least.

Because I do not want to sound as believing myself to be the only one enlightened in the field of tennis teaching, I seriously consider the possibility that scientists or teachers ( well for me teachers should be scientists or, supposedly are scientists) have very good reasons to stick to the current system. This system allows for as many as 8 children to be taught simultaneously in one court (three should be the limit), which turns out to be very profitable. Furthermore, they can advertise irrelevant skills and profit from them (‘I was a top 100 player so I am a good teacher’). The lack of any serious scientific context (the only one being to imitate how Federer, and of course more recently how Jokovic hits the ball as now he is no 1), allows 18 or even 17 year olds to have a teaching license after 2 or 3 weeks of part-time seminars which local federations sell quite… profitably! Clubs profit greatly from this, as they can hire their own athletes as trainers, because… they were/are good athletes. These ‘good athletes’ know no other way themselves, so the story goes on…

This results in having kids competing in tennis tournaments in a way that resembles the “Star Wars -The Clone Wars”. Everybody looks and plays ridiculously the same (and wrong but that is another discussion). 2012 and still so deep in dark ages. Wherever I try to say that, the echoes of the witch-burners of the Middle-Ages resound to my ears… “Heretic! Who are you? You cannot say or act differently than the globally accepted Authorities!” Even if I claim to have substantial data and research on my hands to show, the answer of the incompetent always is “We wish NOT hear a thing”.

No matter how many degrees, expertise, positive experience or education you may have, you are never enough prepared to deal with stupidity. Stupidity is nothing to by taken light-heartedly, it is one of the fiercest powers of nature. Definitely one not to mess with. Half- ignorance is the mother of stupidity (the father being selfishness). When a 13 year old tells you ‘why not copy Federer after all? He plays well and his footwork is great’, this is understandable. Afterall there is the hope to educate the child. But what happens when a trainer says that? It sounds convincing to the ears of his students, parents and other tennis fans. Then, everybody adopt this view, quite dogmatically, and even though nobody really knows why, everybody’s convinced! The very words ‘science’, ‘proof’, ‘analysis’ loose their meaning. It is like a chain reaction of accumulated stupidity, which due to the exertion of critical mass explodes like a nuke and devours you.

General public (most probably you as well dear reader), cannot be experts in every field. Of course everybody has undergone some 15 to 20 years of education, more than enough if you ask me to know that imitation in any field is not the optimum system for specialization. But if the general public who wastes money on incompetent (yet fully prestigious and self-confident) trainers are to be even partially blamed for being so easily cheated, the other part, the trainers and ‘experts’ are the criminals in this story. Why? In my view, not because of the obvious end-result (kids learning crap tennis). It is because a teacher, in the meaning of the ‘Sensei’ or ‘Master’,  has a final mission to bring forth a greater consciousness to the student. To awake him. Not to  bring him back to the monkey level by teaching him that imitation is all there is.

I rest my case.

Not to forget:

Modular Mild Tennis. Can’t go wrong! ( There you can find in detail what my team proposes. Nothing new or weird. Only what has been used as a training method in martial arts, music and other sports for hundreds of years.


My New site for Mild Tennis

The organization I lead as well (together with Stathis Charitonides) has now a new website to help expand: Visit it!


Progressive and Mild Learning from Modular Mild Tennis Paradigm


Play and stay, as was introduced by International Tennis Federation is a (marketing) model which assumes that starting to play tennis immediately is the missing link in the efforts of tennis professionals to keep children interested in playing tennis.


Whereas it is only reasonable to assume that a child’s natural inclination to play is an important factor for consideration when programming  any training session, it seems that this approach generally lacks the basic understanding of other needs a child has, like discipline and specialized motor skills development. Or maybe, from what I understand lately, it conveniently enough accepts that specialized motor skills will develop on their own as the individual matures through play.


Furthermore, when I  say “generally lacks”, it is because “play & stay” model , as good as it fundamentally may be,  is taken too literally and into extremes.  The need of general motor skills development in a healthy individual is of grave importance till the age of 6-7 years old, not until 11-12 years old – and sometimes way beyond these ages – where “play and stay” model seems to be applied. For example, in the age of 12 we are way in the motor skills specialization  stage of  the child. That is why there are so many children (but not prodigies) that at the age of 12 they have impressive -to say the least – skills in piano playing, gymnastics or art.


A different approach is proposed from the Modular Mild Tennis paradigm (Stathis Charitonides, Constantine Papageorgiou). The priority here is towards the non-threatening (mild) environment in which the child learns from the very beginning only proper technical skills – always suitable for its own stage of development. In this model, like in martial arts where the same model applies with the use of Katas etc, the child has unlimited possibility to play but only in a way that will be beneficial to its development. “Playing” is not having only fun by sort of fooling around. This kind of carefree attitude is important for the child when at home with his friends or at holidays. “Play” when learning is a way of trying to express its individuality through specific (taught) movement patterns with a minimum of, or absent pressure from the teacher. Please note that “expression” is an important element in this paradigm. We influence the child to be able to express its creativity, and not its boredom or its inclination to superficially imitate role models imprinted to him/her by external environment.


Of course, the key word in “Mild Learning” is “Mild”. Mild means that all training (or an important amount of it in advanced players), regardless the level is done without all this fancy running and sweating you are so used in seeing when watching a “good” trainer training kids or athletes. It is all too common nowadays to consider a trainer “good” and a training session “successful” when in fact it was nothing more than an intense cardio-tennis training. That is useless for the development of the athlete, or rather, you will actually get a good athlete but a poor tennis player. Running like hell by no means improves your feeling, your subtle motor skills needed in every tennis hit and most importantly, your rhythm. You just learn to rush, the exact opposite of what someone should learn to do – that is wait for the ball. In mild learning the athlete has the teacher almost all the time in the same side of the court always perfecting these qualities that so hasty are neglected in common training sessions. All the rest work is done by allowing the athlete to play freely training matches every day. Maybe in another article I will present you all the (technical) damages someone makes to an athlete when he trains him with the classic cardio way.


Lecture in Wiesbaden

Last Sunday I lectured in Wiesbaden Greek Community about the detrimental effects gluten (Glutamat auf Deutsch) has in the health of both gluten-intolerant / celiac patients and to the general population.

I pin-pointed the epidemics (1% celiac & 6% gluten-intolerant) and some 30 of the more than 100 adverse effects of gluten consuption, from chronic fatigue and hair loss, to gastrointestinal cancer and other autoimmune diseases (gluten allergy being itself an autoimmune response).

People seemed interested and continued listening to me while enjoying their gluten-stuffed cakes and pies. Oh well, at least the message was communicated from my side. Even if one person changes lifestyle or even if one discovers his/her gluten intolerance due to my speech, I consider it to be a huge success!

Bis Bald!


Teacher-Trainer-Player: Common misconceptions

A Player is an Athlete

A Teacher is a Scientist

A Trainer is a Worker

A player MUST:

  • Have a solid technique, power, form, stamina
  • Eat healthy, workout and train daily for several hours
  • Compete

A trainer MUST:

  • Have good tennis skills and generally good form
  • Know lots of drills and have a good instict on what drill is best for each player’s weakness- be able to play long rally balls with the athlete. Know some classic tactics too.
  • Have a basic scientific background so he at least be able to know how NOT to injure- burn an athlete

A Teacher MUST:

  • Have a thorough knowledge of biomechanics, physiology,pshycho- motor skills development, statistics-tactics, nutrition and pedagogics
  • Know the basic tennis skills perfectly but not for playing, mostly for demonstrating (well, sure, if he can compete even better!)
  • Be able to organise the team of trainers and the general (only) conditioning programm, which he will not do himself ( another physical educational trainer will)

Do not let the interlaping areas confuse you. For example,a player must be the teacher of himself as well, a trainer must have a good teaching instict and a teacher oftentimes – especially in activities like tennis where one cant just go home and study piano on his own!- must act as a kind of trainer too. That is even more true for small tennis clubs. But make no mistake. Being a good athlete never makes you a good scientist and being a good scientist never makes you a good athlete!
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