Claus D. Volko

I was born in Vienna, Austria in 1983 and completed university degrees in medicine, medical informatics, and computational intelligence. I'm a specialist for the basic sciences, having obtained grade "excellent" in the chemistry, physics, biology, genetic engineering, and human genetics exams, and grade "good" in the biochemistry and pathophysiology exams. Moreover, I'm an expert in algorithms, formal logics, and theoretical computer science.

I am somewhat known for extremely high performances in psychometric tests. I reached the maximum score in several standardized intelligence tests and was among the top three contestants in several puzzle solving contests for the high range. My IQ was estimated to be 172, which is as rare as 1 in 1.2 million.

I've been programming computers since I was eight years old and nowadays earn my living as a seasoned software engineer. In my youth I was the main editor of the Hugi Magazine and one of the organizers of the Hugi Size Coding Competition.

My main interest lies with speculative metaphysics. One of my favourite books in this domain is Michael Heller's Ultimate Explanations of the Universe. I've also spent a lot of time pondering over epistemology and the philosophy of science. This interest was already nurtured when I was a child as my parents decided to raise me with the philosophy of Sir Karl R. Popper instead of a religious upbringing. Apart from the fields already mentioned, I'm also knowledgeable about psychology, history, geography, economics, politics, and mathematics. I'm also the webmaster of 21st Century Headlines and a member of:

My Metaphysics

My most fundamental assumption is that not one of us is really able to state, with certainty, that he or she knows something. We can only assume that we know something, as it is always possible that our memory is flawed or that, for other reasons, what we believe to know is not true.

My next assumption is that there are two separate worlds that we live in: (1) the physical world and (2) the world of imagination, thoughts, ideas, fantasy, and dreams. While the physical world is governed by certain natural laws, these restrictions do not apply to the world of imagination. Everything that exists in the physical world can be imagined, but we can also imagine things that do not and will never come into existence in the physical world. That is why I consider the world of imagination the primary world, which makes me an idealist.

The distinction between living and nonliving things, in my mind, is that living things have consciousness, which links the two worlds together. Living things both exist in the physical world and have access to the world of imagination and can think of dreams and ideas.

I think that it can be argued that gods exist simply because they are imaginable. So, at the least, they exist in the world of imagination even if they may or may not exist in the physical world. In my own private religion, I consider life and death to be two antagonistic godly forces. I worship life and believe that I am able to live forever by being a loyal follower of the god of life. That also implies that time is linear, not cyclic. There was a start when everything began, and perhaps there is no end for this world to come to.

These are my views. I created my private religion when I was a child at elementary school age.

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Contact

For any questions feel free to contact me at cdvolko (at) gmail (dot) com. I also have a GitHub account, and my scientific publications can be found at ResearchGate. Moreover, I have a YouTube channel.

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