I’m just a guy living in central Missouri, USA. I call myself a philosopher because I don’t think any other title really fits me. The definition of a philosopher is simply “a lover of wisdom”, and I think that fits me better than any other description.
If you read my blog long enough, you’ll see that my passions lie in understanding: why people do what they do, the workings of our brains, the nature and origin of the universe, the origins of life, and history/politics.
My primary areas of interest and research are related to visual spatial cognition. I’d like to reverse engineer how our brain processes a spatial environment based on raw sight information. But I love anything to do with how the brain processes logic, thinks, stores information, and leads us to do all the strange things that we as humans do.
I’m also passionate in Physics studies, and find myself spending far too many hours pondering the mysteries of Einstein’s relativity, or confusing the hell out of myself with quantum mechanics. I hope to learn enough about how our brains work to possibly shed some insights into the weirdness of quantum mechanics one day.
I’m a huge fan of evolutionary psychology, and study a lot of economics. I’m in love with nature. Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, David Attenborough, and Richard Feynman are my heroes.
I love to ride motorcycles and go on road trips.
I guess you could say that is the “serious” side of me, but I also enjoy playing video games, basketball, long walks outdoors, and reading literature (such as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Joyce, etc — I also love Sherlock Holmes). I tend to like older video-games, such as the old Mario brothers games on NES and SNES, or old Neo-Geo arcade games like Samurai Showdown. I’m also guilty of loving the Final Fantasy series!
I’m currently a Physics student at Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST).
Prior to attending MST, I got my start winning a nationwide computer programming competition when I was sixteen. After that companies contacted me left and right, offering me all kinds of deals and jobs. I did all kinds of work over the next ten years or so.
I developed software for several companies, and did other kinds of IT work for others. Some software projects I developed include: a software suite running medical clinics, software running a cancer-clinic, an ambulance service billing software system, helpdesk support systems, financial planning, small business marketing software systems, and web-systems of all kinds.
I also supported and managed several large company information networks. I’ve done everything from install and configure new servers, set up back-up systems, run cabling, configure routers, configure networks, and build computer systems. If it has to do with computers and information technology, I’ve likely been involved in it at one time or another.
At one time I found myself the network administrator of a large medical clinic. They paid me a lot of money, but I got bored with it very quickly. After I got things running smoothly I had literally nothing to do. I had a co-worker who handled all the “small jobs”, and I was mainly there as a sort of insurance policy in case something major happened. I sat in my office reading Descartes’ Rules for the Direction of the Mind, and wondered if I was wasting my life. I stayed for a while, but Socrates words kept ringing in my head, “He is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed.” I decided to leave.
I decided to go back to my roots – my real passion. As a young boy of 14 or so, I used to like to program 3D graphics simulators and hoped to one day make my own graphics engine. I wrote several flight simulators and it was a blast. It’s too bad that I never had enough time to work on my engine and make money off of it. I was always busy writing business software, or tinkering with people’s computers to earn money, which I really wasn’t passionate about.
Ever since I was too young to even think, I’ve been fascinated with how changing 2D images on a computer screen can trick your brain into thinking it’s immersed in a 3D world. Today my interest has shifted from creating the simulations, to wondering how our brains actually decipher those images and create the 3D virtual “world” we all experience in our heads. The more I study our brain and how it works, I just think, “Wow, we’re living in a holographic 3D illusion!”
My goal in life is to understand what space and time really are, and how the virtual reality within our brains differs from the real world we live in.