I consider myself a student of human culture and an independent social scientist whose primary concern is the future of humanity. My intellectual journey was accelerated in 2015 by reading Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. It changed my thinking about the nature of human culture and provided a functional understanding of the essential irrationality of human social behavior. Based on this understanding, I believe that even social scientists must acknowledge that there are always significant biases in scholarly work, even in the most careful of academic analyses.

Politically, I currently consider myself a centrist, though I was a member of the Republican Party from age 19 up until the first Trump impeachment. At that time, it became abundantly clear to me that partisan loyalty had displaced any reasoned system of political beliefs as the core tenet of the Republican Party. I also have been a practicing Roman Catholic for most of my life and continue to hold and practice that faith. In addition, I actively support both Braver Angels and Heterodox Academy.


Graduate Certificate, Foundations of Anthropological Knowledge, California State University, Northridge (2023)

AA Anthropology // AA Psychology // AA Liberal Arts (Social & Behavioral Sciences), Cerro Coso Community College (2022)

Candidate for Degree of Engineer, Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University (1985-86)

MS Engineering (Mechanical Option), California State University, Fresno (1983)

BS Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California (1974)

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