(UPDATE — 9 Oct 2013 — I “fell away” from blogging for a while, so I’m only just now dusting and tidying things up. The following introduction was last updated in March, 2012, but enough has changed in my life since then that I decided to keep the older version as a time marker [although more recent changes will be indicated in red].)
Made my start as a lowly fetus, like the rest of us. Grew up in the Presbyterian church in Florida, loved going to school, got a major in German and a minor in philosophy, got tired of going to school, then came [went] to Taiwan in 2003 to be an ESL teacher. Now I’m getting a bit tired of that and would love to go back to school.
After becoming a Catholic in Taiwan in 2005, I staggered around for my vocation until I married a wonderful Taiwanese woman in 2011. We’ve been blessed with our first, but hopefully not last, child. [As she’s Taiwanese and I’m an American world-language teacher, we’re also hoping to raise our children multilingual. I’m back in the USA, teaching at a public high school. I still want go to grad school, but I think it’s probably best just to go for a PhD if I’m going to do it. History of science, classical metaphysics, cognitive science.]
I’m a language lover, though not a certified language “nut”:
- Mandarin Chinese
- Taiwanese (roughly in that order of competence).
- Sorry, no Esperanto or E-Prime! This here’s a respectable blog, y’hear!
My academic and writing interests focus on:
- religious & scientific epistemology
- Catholic piety & theology
- the history & philosophy of science
- late antiquity & medieval thought
- cognitive psychology & neuroscience
- political economy & Catholic social teaching
- semiotics & ethology
- causation, determinism, natural law, the philosophy of action, rational freedom
- (would you believe it?)
- weight training & sports physiology