[gha] Re: Review of ABC of Harmony + my editing for it

  • From: Leo Semashko <leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Bob Dyck <bobdyck@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:34:38 +0400

Dear Bob,

Thank you very much for your excellent methodological text.

Please, see my remarks in your text in attachment and below after your letter 
in round brackets and in the red colour. 

You suggested a many constructive ideas for GPS, which could be very 
interesting for the GHA members, especially for the GPS coauthors. My work with 
your text is the first example of my editorial work within the GPS new book, 
which could be also very interesting for the GHA members, especially for the 
GPS coauthors. This editorial work with every coauthor will start since 
February 2014. Therefore, I like to send your text with my editing for all GHA 
members especially for the GPS coauthors.

With love, best harmony wishes,


Dr Leo Semashko:
State  Councillor  of  St.  Petersburg,
Philosopher, Sociologist and Peacemaker from Harmony;
Director:  Tetrasociology Public Institute, Russia;
Founding President, Global Harmony Association (GHA) since 2005;
Director, GHA Website "Peace from Harmony": www.peacefromharmony.org
Global Peace Science from Harmony: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=585 
In Russian: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=606;
World Interfaith Harmony Project on the ABC of Harmony Base:
GHA Program Book, The ABC of Harmony for World Peace:
GHA Peace Video: http://youtu.be/hbxY5lREOeA;
My Web page: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=253;
Address: 7/4-42 Ho-Shi-Min Street, St. Petersburg 194356, Russia
Phone: 7 (812) 597-65-71; Skype: leo.semahko
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/leo.semashko?ref=tn_tnmn

----- Original Message -----
  From: Bob Dyck, bobdyck@xxxxxx
  To: leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx
  Sent: 15 декабря 2013 г., 8:57:02
  Subject: Review of ABC of Harmony

Dear Leo, attached herewith please find my article for the GPS book, "Review of 
the ABC of Harmony for World Peace as a Scientific Theory":   

Robert G. Dyck, Ph.D., 
Professor of Public and International Affairs Emeritus, 
Virginia Tech., USA

Dear Bob,
My remarks, please, see in your text in the round brackets and in the red 


Robert Dyck

Review of The ABC of Harmony for World Peace as a Scientific Theory

(This title unites two different subjects and two different books:
1.Review of the ABC of Harmony, all of reviews are published here:
http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=506 – pl, see - it is 2012 book; 
2.Global Peace Science, which is published here:
http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=585 – pl. see - it is the future 
book of 2014.
Your text is intended for which from these two books and purposes? For the 
first or for the second is?)

Abstract.  This article begins with a summary overview of Semasko’s (together 
with 75 the GHA coauthors) ABC of Harmony for World Peace (2012),including the 
epistemology and methodology incorporated in it from his earlier book, 
Tetrasociology (2003).  We conduct an analysis of the work of the Global 
Harmony Association (GHA), with emphasis on its epistemology and methodology, 
highlighting the need for additional empirical analysis, and comparing its 
focus with other European institutes of peace science.  We conclude with a 
suggestion for distinguishing the work of GHA from other peace science 
organizations by renaming its projects under the name Global Harmony Studies 
and, when timely, as Global Harmony Science.  We also consider several options 
designed to improve the practical utility of GHA’s projects in both small and 
large-scale settings.

Key Words.Epistemology, Methodology, Global Harmony Studies (Science), Peace 
Science, and Democratic Participation.   This article is oriented to all four 
substantive areas of ABC of Harmony for World Peace.

Introduction (for what book - first or second?).ABC of Harmony for World Peace 
is ambitiously informed by Leo Semashko’sTetrasociology, which contains a 
pluralistic four-dimensional theory and method of social thinking designed to 
facilitate social harmony and peace.  The four spheres of concern, according to 
my understanding, are as follows:  (1)Social Behavior and 
Structure;(2)Spiritual Informatics;(3)Political and Financial Organization; and 
(4) Economic/Ecological Organization.  ABCof Harmonyis also informed by the 
goal of establishing a science of peace analogous to military science.  
Semashko acknowledgesthat peace science is much more complex than military 

The book (first or second?) begins with a listing of key expressions of peace 
wisdom, as well as definitions, from prominent philosophers and leaders in a 
variety of fields, including Immanuel Kant, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, 
Leo Tolstoy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Charles, Prince of Wales, 
and others, intended to lay the foundation for peace science. (This is not the 
ABC of Harmony review).  The book then develops two main sections, with 
contributions from a wide variety of authors, on the history of warfare and the 
beginnings of a history of peace. Without further synthesis or empirical 
analysis of those contributions, the book next promulgates eleven laws of 
global peace science and lays out the prospectus for a new book on Global Peace 
Science (GPS), as a project of the Global Harmony Association (GHA).  The 
prospectus contains an invitation to members of GHA and others to contribute to 
“a scientific revolution of peace thinking.”  Rules for these contributions are 
provided to facilitate their harmonious integration in an acknowledged 
“difficult and complex epistemological process.” Perhaps the most important 
rule is that each contributor will identify which of the four spheres of 
interest are important to his/her article. (It is the second book) 

Analysis. The epistemology of this (- which - first or second?)   project 
begins with Semashko’sTetrasociology.  This book (- which - first or second?)   
is oriented to re-conceptualizing sociology as a considerably more 
comprehensive science, perhaps a kind of social/contextual systems 
meta-science, that is applicable at both micro and macro levels.  Its scope is 
conceived as sufficiently broad to encompass peace studies in the four 
categories outlined above. This science may or may not be widely known and 
recognized as a new way of considering what might be called the next stage of 
the science of sociology.It was first published in Russian in 2002, and in 
Russian, English, and Esperanto in 2003.  Semashko’s other publications give 
little indication of the extent to which the theory has been subject to 
critical review or empirical validation, except for Sociology for Pragmatists 
(1999), the title of which may suggest that the theory has proven pragmatically 

The methodology of Semashko’s peace science appears to be largely related to 
theory building, stemming from observation of social conditions that facilitate 
social harmony and peace. There does not appear to be significant empirical 
validation (pl, see Program of Sociological/Empirical Study here: 
http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=579).  The work includes 
contributions from others (who others?) who may contribute largely from similar 
(which similar?) methodological perspectives. 

As for the overall field of peace science, there are a number of different 
organizations and institutes, located in several different countries, which are 
engaged in different aspects of the work.  There is no single prevailing focus, 
but conflict resolution has been prominent in several of the organizations.

In Europe, there is an international association for peace research and related 
studies, called The Network of European Peace Scientists(NEPS).   Since 2000 it 
has been holding an annual conference entitled the “Jan Tinbergen European 
Peace Science Conference.”  Organizations included in NEPS are listed on the 
web as follows:
Peace Science Society (what is website of this?),was founded in 1963 in Malmo, 
Sweden, by American economist Walter Isard (founder of the field of Regional 
Science), and focuses on peace analysis and conflict management.  It pioneered 
the use of quantitative techniques, including econometrics and game theory, in 
peace science.  It publishes the Journal of Conflict Resolution and Conflict 
Management and Peace Science (what is website of this?),. 
Economists for Peace and Security (what is website of this?), works to promote 
non-military solutions to world challenges, and more broadly, to support 
freedom from fear and want for all.
The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) (what is website of this?), is an 
international organization dedicated to building a greater understanding of the 
key drivers and measures of peace and identifying the economic benefits that 
can be delivered by increased peacefulness.  It produces a Global Peace Index 
which ranks the nations of the world by their peacefulness.
The Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University (what is 
website of this?),, conducts research and education on the causes, dynamics, 
and resolution of armed conflicts.  It is home to the Uppsala Conflict Data 
Program and several internationally recognized researchers.  It houses a full 
range of educational programs, in English, which attract talented students from 
around the world.
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) (what is website of this?),, founded in 
1959, is one of the oldest peace research institutes.  It conducts both basic 
and policy-relevant research, as well as graduate training in peace through 
conflict resolution, dialogue and reconciliation, public information, and 
policymaking.  PRIO owns and hosts two leading peer-reviewed academic journals: 
Journal ofPeace Research and Security Dialogue.
The Department of Development and Security (what is website of this?),, DIW 
Berlinis one of Germany’s leading economic research institutions.  The 
Department of Development and Security conducts economic research on the 
causes, forms, and effects of mass violent conflict.  It also advances the 
agenda on how to measure conflict and violence, especially in micro-level 
surveys, and how these events shape welfare and livelihoods.  It also examines 
perceptions of conflict and the effects of reconstruction and security policies 
on the economy, with reference to the context of terrorism. 

Another peace organization, which can be accessed on the web, is called The 
Global Country of World Peace(what is website of this?),.  It was founded in 
2000 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Transcendental Meditation, as “a 
country without borders for peace-loving people everywhere.”  It became 
incorporated in the State of Iowa on Oct. 15, 2002, as a non-profit 
organization.  It is also building capitals in Kansas, West Virginia, the 
Netherlands, and in India.  The GCWP made attempts to obtain sovereignty as a 
micronation during the years 2000 to 2002, offering sums in excess of $1 
billion to small and impoverished countries in exchange for the sovereignty 
over part of their territory. It has a global reconstruction program that seeks 
to rebuild all of the cities and buildings in the world, following Maharishi 
Sthapatya Veda principles (Wikipedia). 

Finally, there is World Science Day for Peace and Development (what is website 
of this?),, as proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference (Resolution 31C/20 
in 2001), which is celebrated all over the world to recall the commitment made 
at the UNESCO-ICSU (International Council for Science - (what is website of 
this?),) World Conference on Science (Budapest, 1999).  Its purpose is to renew 
the national as well as the international commitment to peace and development, 
and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society.  The 
World Science Day for Peace and Development also aims at raising public 
awareness of the importance of science, and to bridge the gap between science 
and societies. (– This analysis is excellent (with its development in details) 
for our second book with the relevant title)

Concluding Observations and Suggestions.  It has become clear in the analysis 
that the Global Harmony Association (GHA) supports a scholarly peace 
enterprise, utilizing a base in sociology and oriented to the realization of 
social harmony, that is quite different from any of the other peace research 
organizations we have listed herein, with the possible exception of The Global 
Country of World Peace. (YES!! Social harmony within peace thinking is 
revolution in it, in its traditional form!) This important substantive 
difference needs to be highlighted in GHA’s Global Peace Science (GPS) 
initiative, and duly recognized as an integral part of its epistemology and 
methodology (YES!!).  It demonstrates that social harmony is not just the 
absence of conflict, but a state of positive benefit to any community in which 
it occurs, and that it affects other communities in a positive way, through 
interaction. (- Absolutely true!)

With this in mind, it is important to note that the entire epistemological 
approach to GPS needs to be succinctly summarized in all GHA documents, 
together with its methodological approaches, so that participants can be fully 
informed without having to read between the lines of summary information(YES!! 
But this is very difficult task, which will be solved in the GPS process).  
Expressions of wisdom by prominent national and international leaders, “laws of 
procedure,” and other constructions based largely on assertion, can be valid 
starting points but are not sufficient to carry the burden of a bone fide 
scientific endeavor(YES!!).  With regard to the content of the four spheres of 
concern in The ABC of Harmony (2012), participants in GPS need more detailed 
knowledge explaining how they are critical for Peace Studies, and how they 
differ from elements of epistemology and methodology in the alternative 
versions of Peace Science we have considered. In point of fact, it would be 
helpful to distinguish the Peace Studies of GHA from those of other institutes 
by employing a distinctive name such as “Global Harmony Studies” (GHS).  We 
could think of the new name as an umbrella term that includes Global Harmony 
Science, when it is timely to call it by that name (pl. suggest this name – 
maybe: Peace from Harmony Studies??? Are you agreeing with it?).

All of GHA’s work on the achievement of harmony and peace (may be more 
correctly is: PEACE FROM HARMONY?) needs to be grounded much more firmly in 
empirical analysis (pl, see it above; the main problem for this is $60.000, 
needed for this empirical analysis, but its Program maybe enough for the start 
of this science) before it can assume the mantle of science, in my judgment. 
Calling it Global Peace Science is probably premature at this stage of its 
development (this term expresses the end purposes for this knowledge).  In 
particular, the applicability of the eleven laws of Peace Science remains to be 
demonstrated.  It would be more appropriate to call these laws hypotheses 
(maybe…) until a body of work by multiple analysts demonstrates that they are 
sufficiently invariable and sweeping to be called laws, following the practice 
typical of all science rooted in multiple, reproducible demonstrations.  
Eventually, as laws, they will be recognized as  predictive of desired 
outcomes.  (Very good suggestions! Thank you very much!!!)

An advantage enjoyed by the longer-established NEPS organizations is that they 
tend to focus on relatively small scale-problems that can be subjected 
relatively easily to empirical analysis, so that macro theory can be 
constructed on a foundation of smaller scale pieces of analysis (Yes, I think 
about it).  I would suggest that the same strategy be employed in the work of 
GHA, where the temptation may be to jump too quickly to macro-scale global 
prescriptions.  This is especially important as a means of taking account of 
small-scale cultural differences that can easily (??? – it is very difficult) 
be glossed over in macro prescriptions, following the unfortunate pattern of 
modernist neoliberal economics. A single prescription does not necessarily fit 
all cases, as trenchantly pointed out by Gilbert Ristin his fine book, The 
Delusions of Economics (2011).  I would also suggest that an experimental 
planning approach be employed in GHA’s empirical studies (they require a lot of 
money that absent at GHA – it is the task for the future; our purpose now is 
only to give the general frame of GPS and show its theoretical possibility), to 
determine which methods and strategies work best in different socio/cultural 
settings, in the interest of developing tested practical prescriptions.

A concluding word of praise (thank you very much!) is appropriate to GHA’s 
democratic interest in seeking substantive input from peace analysts from 
different fields and different countries. This is not standard operating 
procedure in building theory for research and practice, but will pay rich 
dividends in the long run for peace studies, and eventually peace science, 
despite the acknowledged epistemological and methodological difficulties.  It 
also would be worth while, in the interest of increasing democratic 
participation, to initiate one or more peer-reviewed journals supportive of 
Global Harmony Studies. (- How we can find or initiate these journals if (1) 
they are not exist and (2) we have not funding for them???

 Please, could you divide your text into two: 1. The ABC of Harmony review – 
separately and 2. Your article about traditional (Peace Studies) and new 
(Global Peace from Harmony Studies) methodology, thinking and theory in the 
Peace Knowledge? Is it possible for your? Thank you.)

Rist, Gilbert (2011).  The Delusions of Economics.  London and New York: Zed 
Books,     211 pages.
Semasko, Leo, with 75 coauthors from 26 countries (2012).  The ABC of Harmony 
for       World Peace, Harmonious Civilization and Tetranet.  New Delhi: Doosra 
  Mat Prakashan. In English, 334 pages.
Semasko, Leo, with 14 coauthors (2003).  Tetrasociology: From Sociological      
Imagination Through Dialogue to Universal Values and Harmony.  St.      
Petersburg: St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University.  In Russian,   
English, and Esperanto, 394 pages.
Semasko, Leo (1999).  Sociology for Pragmatists, Part I.  St. Petersburg: St. 
Petersburg        State Polytechnic University.  In Russian, 376 pages.

Biographical Note.  Robert G. Dyck, Ph.D., is Professor of Public and 
International Affairs Emeritus, Virginia Tech.  His career and publications 
have focused on the problems of economics and disenfranchisement in America and 
throughout the world.  His newest publication, an E-book in four volumes with 
Matjaz Mulej as co-editor, is entitled Social Responsibility as a Way Beyond 
Neo-Liberalism and Charity, with a Foreword by Danilo Turk, former President of 
Slovenia (Sharja, United Arab Republic: Bentham Science Publishers, pending).

Contact Points.  Bob may be contacted at: 5428 Crossings Lake Circle, 
Birmingham, AL 35242, USA; by email, at bobdyck@xxxxxx; or by phone, at 

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