Someone I admire from afar is Stephen Hawking. I admire his bravery in fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS. He was told he would not live long when he was a young man. He has simply surprised everyone. Experimental medicine and his wheelchair have allowed him to communicate when so many people in his condition simply could not. At first, one of his students would interpret what he was mumbling, but that became impractical after a time. His chair keeps him communicating with the outside world. Many of us would quit if we were left with the diagnosis of Hawking. Instead, he has written books on mathematical problems many of us would not be able to deal with in full capacity. Some of his books are for popular audiences and some, like God Created the Integers, is probably more of a reference book for most of us. I admire Hawking’s will to live and communicate. Another thing I admire about Professor Hawking is his ability to say things about people he does not agree with without fear or reprisal or pissing someone off. He stated that the “Big Band did not need God.” I disagree, as a theist, but still respect Hawking’s work and freedom of speech. That freedom of speech is in a universal type of way rather than an American way. He is British. I must wonder what someone of his magnitude of thought would be able to do with a calculator and full faculties. While it may be possible that his body atrophy has caused his brain to become more powerful, I wonder if the ability to communicate with more people or not use his chair would have created a super brain beyond what he already is.
This is the first in a series of exercises I have found to help me write more. I have found blogging to be difficult without simply posting about my personal life and risking the privacy of my family. I recognize my need to write, but am not sure where I am going sometimes. I hope you enjoy this and other postings that I will put out in the future.
I’ve lately, as a history major and strategy geek, became interested in geopolitics. Geopolitics is loosely defined as how geography affects politics, warfare, and the economy. I’ve been watching videos by Peter Zeihan, read a geopolitics book from my library, and reviewed it on Amazon. I’ve also familiarized myself with the people in geopolitics. This has been very interesting. I will finish my MA in HIstory next week and will start my Ed.D. program in July with Grand Canyon University. The University had to put off my May start date until the next because of the close date of my MA ending to that start date.
Have you read any interesting books that might need to be read as part of a geopolitical education? Send it to me as a comment and I’ll be glad to add it to my long reading list.
I’ve always wanted to teach since entering college at the age of 23. I didn’t always see it as possible (because I entered college at the age of 23). My PTSD after my Army service rendered that possible. I haven’t worked since 2007, so that has allowed a lot of time for school. I changed avenues and majors, yet here I am in the break before the last two terms of my MA. I’ve been offered to be an adjunct instructor in History when I finish.
I’ve been reading about the evils of adjunct instructor positions from various post-academics. I’m not disagreeing, but I agree that supply and demand is a major part of Universities as well as Junior colleges. I’ll probably have to hold a full time job for benefits for my family, yet I want to teach “on the side.”
This week I am printing up my documents to fax into Grand Canyon University for my Ed.D. I have a job interview because I always planned on reentering the workforce. I have some intentions, though a tenured position may never come. I am satisfied with that. There is more to life than a professor position.
I’m loving the change to iOS7. One thing that comes to mind with how beautiful and integrated some things are to the OS (For example, you can access a flashlight from the Control Center which made my flashlight app obsolete), is how Steve Jobs would think of this. Beauty and design were important to Jobs. I believe iOS7 would have been welcomed by Jobs.
There are errors to iOS7, but there seem to be errors to every new system if it is forward-thinking enough. I do happen to think that the iPhone 5S would have been destroyed by Jobs. There is no way that a fingerprint scanner would have been welcomed by Jobs, and hackers have set prizes on being able to hack the fingerprint scanner first.