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I have done a lot of things in this life, but through it all I knew that deep down I was born to be a philosopher. However it has only been since Mid June 2014 that I have started thinking the thoughts that I have wanted to think for so long.

The Theory of Ethical Selection is the sort of thing that I wish I had thought of when I was in grad school long ago; I would have been inspired to stick with it. As it was, I quit because I did not have a thesis topic worthy for the devotion it would require. But now I have it; the fact that I will probably never go back to grad school is not the worst thing that could happen. But at least I have the ideas that I want; if you want to really understand what I am getting at, read my posts in chronological order. And if there is something that you like or hate, make a comment. If you have your own blog, I will check it out. If not comment on mine. Good luck!

Here is some of my curiculum vitae:

  • I grew up in a small town in central Kentucky, the child of creationist Republicans.
  • I joined the Army straight out of high school
    • I was deployed to Operation Desert Storm with the 82d Airborne Infantry Division.
    • I did not see any real combat.
    • While there I read the “Bhagavad Gita” and the Homer’s “Illiad”.
  • I then got a bachelor’s in philosophy from Centre College, a liberal arts school in central Kentucky.
    • We did not even have a Business program; everyone in the college had to write a paper comparing two different neoclassical statues.
    • I even took Ancient Greek for two semesters, which helps a lot with Aristotle and Heidegger.
    • In one philosophy course, we read Merleau-Ponty’s ‘Phenomenology of Perception’ cover to cover.
      • Each day’s reading had to be summarized in at least one typed page. That was the first awesome class I ever had.
      • I have not gone back to phenomenology since then, but it really opened my eyes up to some deeper levels of thinking.
  • During my college years, I spent much of my summers in the woods camping, often alone. I once spent a week and a half alone in the woods.
  • I went to the University of Kentucky PhD program in philosophy. but dropped out after one year because I had no ideas for a compelling thesis.
  • After this, I went to live at Yogaville in Buckingham, VA. I spent the next two years there as a ‘Karma Yogi’.
    • It is an ashram for Integral Yoga.
    • It was started and led by the Indian guru who said the opening prayers for Woodstock.
    • I got kicked out for no longer being a vegetarian.
  • Then I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • And then Austin, Texas
  • And now I’m in Ottawa, where I do iOS and Android mobile app development. It’s great, you should try it.
  • Among the “Greats” my strongest influences are Buddha, Aristotle, Darwin, Nietzsche, and Heidegger.
  • Among living authors, I like Richard Dawkins, Lynn Margulis, David Chalmers, Hubert Dreyfus, Helen de Cruz, Curt Doolittle, Frank J Tipler and many others.

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