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Darío Salas Sommer (John Baines)Biography

Dario Salas Sommer was born in Santiago, Chile, on March 4, 1935, and  is the grandson of the distinguished Chilean educator Darío Salas Díaz. He holds a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and is also an author and filmmaker. He has been named Honorary Scientific Consul for Latin America by the Russian Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received the title of Knight of Sciences and Arts by one of the principal Russian scientific organizations, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

For more than four decades he has been committed to the progress of humanity and to the  internal development of the human being.

In 1970, he founded the Institute for Hermetic Philosophy headquartered in Santiago, Chile. The main objective of this non-profit organization is the moral and spiritual perfectioning of the human being, in the highest sense of the word. Dr. Salas Sommer is the director and spiritual guide of the institute which has branches in Chile, Spain, United States, Argentina, Venezuela, Columbia and Russia.

He is also founder and director of the Latin American Bolivarian Foundation which promotes cultural and human development in Latin America aimed at achieving a common identity based on moral and spiritual principles of the first order.

He has written several books under the pseudonym of John Baines on Operative Philosophy™. To date, his books have been published in Spanish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, English, German, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Portuguese, and Russian. The collection is comprised of the following titles: The Secret Science, Stellar Man, HypsoConciousness, The Science of Love, Development of the Inner World (not yet published in English), Does Woman Exist?, Morals for the 21st Century, What is a Person’s Worth? (not yet published in English),  and Cosmic Currency (due out in English in 2012). The last four titles bear the author’s real name.

Dr. Salas Sommer lives in Santiago, Chile and currently spends his time giving conferences in various countries and directing the pedagogic activities of the Institute for Hermetic Philosophy in its branches worldwide. His time is also dedicated to independent scientific research in the area of consciousness and natural health.

Some salient facts about Dr. Salas Sommer:

  • In 1970, he founded the Institute For Hermetic Philosophy (IHP) in Santiago, Chile.
  • He has given more than 2,000 conferences on an international level and has been interviewed on TV and in magazines in several countries.
  • He is the author of nine books that have been published under the pseudonym of John Baines. These books have been translated into several languages with over 270.000 editions.
  • His latest book is Cosmic Currency.
  • In September 2003, Dario Salas was made honorary Scientific Consul for Latin America by the Russian Academy of Science and Arts of the Union (ANIS).
  • He also received the Vernadzcovo Prize from the Russian Academy of Encyclopedia, (ARE) which awards outstanding individuals for their contributions to the development and betterment of humanity.
  • He was awarded the title of Knight of Science and Arts by Russia’s principal cultural organization, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RAEN).
  • Dr. Salas Sommer is a member of the Russian Writers Association.
  • The Academy of Natural Sciences in Russia distinguished him with the Ekomir award. This award is usually given for work related to ecology, but in this case, it was given to Dr. Salas Sommer because of his new scientific focus: Moral Physics™.
  • P.L Kapitsi, Nobel Prize, Merit Medal, awarded him “Scientific Discoverer” for the elaboration of a new scientific idea,“the scientific idea of the physical basis of Morals (Moral Physics)”.

Go to Darío Salas webpage.

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