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A Few Personal Notes:
- My wife became a black belt in Tae Kwon Do in October of 2015 at the age of 45! She follows in the footsteps of my 12-year-old daughter, who became a black belt herself in October of 2014. Way to go, you two!
- I ran my 1st marathon, the Pilgrim Pacer, on November 15, 2014. I immediately started training for a 2nd marathon. However, I've decided that not being able to walk the day after I run 10 miles means that I should probably forget running any more marathons (at least for now). I did one, so I can cross that off my bucket list.
- I did a TV interview on The Hard Line with Ed Berliner (NewsmaxTV) back in September of 2015 for the 19th season of South Park. It was fun. Back in 2006, shortly after my book South Park and Philosophy book was released, I did radio interviews in December of 2006 for Any Questions? on BBC Radio, as well as RTÉ 2fm in Ireland, SBS Radio in Australia, and other smaller American radio stations. Since I'm on the topic, I also did an interview that appeared as a snippet in the Entertainment Weekly Special Year-End Double Issue for 2006.
A Few Professional Notes:
- Recently, I have been reviewing a couple of books in the history and philosophy of science, to include Peter Achinstein's edited work of historical texts, Science Rules: A Historical Introduction to Scientific Methods and Steven Gimbel's edited work in a similar vein titled, Exploring the Scientific Method: Cases and Questions. I also purchased Peter Godfrey-Smith's 2014 work, Philosophy of Biology.
- Further, I have been thinking more about the definition and nature of life, and I continue to hone my homeostatic organization view (HOV) of biological phenomena, which has been laid out in print in various places, to include in my first book, Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving, but also in the journal Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy.
- The 2nd edition of my logic text with Jamie Watson, Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well, came out in November of 2015 through Bloomsbury.
- My edited book, Revisiting Aquinas's Proofs for the Existence of God, came out in early 2016 through Brill/Rodopi's Philosophy and Religion series. It features scholars writing in a debate-style format. There has always been a soft spot in my heart for Aquinas, given my philosophical training. And I was able to deepen my understanding of the history and philosophy of science, as well as learn some things about contemporary philosophy of biology and science.
- Ben McGraw is a hard-working scholar. He and I edited three books recently:
- My edited book, 1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think, came out in late 2013 through Simon & Schuster (and several other publishing houses throughout the world). The British cover through Octopus Publishing Group in London is pretty neat, too. It has been translated into numerous languages. The Preface is written by the world-famous philosopher and bioethicist, Art Caplan. You can also read the goodreads reviews.
- I am finishing up the editing for 1001 Quotations To Enlighten, Entertain, and Inspire, which will be out October of 2016. BTW, the editing for these 1001 books, given the sheer number of entries, as well as the number of contributors (50, or so), can be a little like herding butterflies, at times. But it's all worth it in the end.
I am a trained philosopher currently doing research, analysis, and writing for the US Army with specializations that include:
I have done a lot of academic writing, editing, technical writing, researching, teaching, presenting, and publishing in the areas mentioned above, and in other areas, too.
I am a member of the American Philosophical Association and the Philosophy of Science Association.
(1) Professional Resume
(2) Academic CV