Shut Down and Open Up: A Biconical Extravaganza

John O'Loughlin & Centretruths Digital Media
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It seems that John O'Loughlin has reserved his best work until last, for this largely philosophical title (with some autobiographical and other material included for good measure) represents not merely a summation of his philosophical development in the course of over four decades, but virtually a complete overhaul of what he had previously assumed to be logically definitive, and to an extent that the comprehensive nature of his logical structures here finds its apotheosis, so to speak, in what must surely be the most advanced analysis of the atomic and pseudo-atomic components of his theorizing humanly possible.  One reads this book at one's peril; for (quite apart from its logical complexity) there is no coming back from the conclusions it reaches on the most exactingly comprehensive logical terms and, for him, no further thematic progress in the realm of his structured maxims to be made. - A Centretruths Editorial.
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 John (James) O’Loughlin was born in Galway, the Republic of Ireland, of mixed Irish and British parents in 1952.  Following a parental split due to ethnic incompatibilities, he was brought to England by his mother and grandmother (who had initially returned to Ireland with intent to stay) in the mid-50s and subsequently attended schools in Aldershot, Hampshire and, following the death and repatriation of his grandmother, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, where, despite an enforced change of denomination from Catholic to Protestant in consequence of having been put into care by his mother, he attended a state school.  Upon lelaving in 1970 with an assortment of CSEs (Certificate of Secondary Education) and GCEs (General Certificate of Education), including history and music, he moved up to London and went on, via two short-lived jobs, to work at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Bedford Square WC1, where he eventually became responsible for booking examination venues.  After a brief flirtation with Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, where he had enrolled to study Enlish and History, he returned to his former job in the West End but quit the ABRSM in 1976 due to a combination of factors, including ill-health, and began to dedicate himself to a literary career which, despite a brief spell as a computer tutor at Hornsey Management Agency (affiliated to Hornsey YMCA) in the late '80s and early '90s, he has continued with ever since.  His novels include Changing Worlds (1976), Cross-Purposes (1979), Thwarted Ambitions (1980), Sublimated Relations (1981), and Deceptive Motives (1982).  Since the mid-80s Mr O'Loughlin has dedicated himself exclusively to philosophy, his literary vocation, and has penned more than ninety titles of a philosophical nature, including Devil and God – The Omega Book (1985-6), Towards the Supernoumenon (1987), Elemental Spectra (1988-9), and Philosophical Truth (1991-2).   John O’Loughlin lives alone in Haringey, north London.

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John O'Loughlin & Centretruths Digital Media
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