Purpose of this site

Hi there.

My name is Steve.  In the beginning, I was interested in all things, starting with dinosaurs and astronauts.

These two things seem worlds apart, don’t they?

Dinosaurs: large, lizardy, and long dead.  Well, mostly dead.  Back in the day, they were successful, pushing the edge of every biological niche.  Today we see them as birds.  But not quite as big as a brontosaur.

Astronauts: human, courageous, leading us into the future.  The very tip of a huge organization reaching for the sky, so that we can live among the stars.

How can I truly think that dinosaurs and astronauts are related?

First of all, we all came from the same slime some 4 billion years ago.

Second, we are both struggling to survive.

Third, we go through the exact same stages of life; from egg, to parent, to fuel for the next generation.

From these humble beginnings, I have learned to look at how life behaves in a whole new way.  Does this sound crazy?  It may be, but the sad fact is neither you nor I can prove that I’m wrong.

Why?  Because there is no true science of behavior.  All the disciplines that claim to study behavior focus on extremely narrow, and arbitrary slices.

Economics looks at how we interact with money.  Psychology looks at how people interact with other people.  No one considers religion or politics to be serious areas of study.  Let a lawyer into that symposium on behavior and everyone else is going to run.

Yet every single one of those disciplines are related to people, how we behave, and what we do.  And none of them are as rigorous as the “natural” sciences.

Is it any wonder that Congress wants to pull soft sciences funding?

Let’s get back to me.

I’m still interested in dinosaurs and astronauts, but decided to study behavior in its root form.

I set off on a journey of discovery that took me through psychology and business, accounting and archaeology, philosophy and religion, anthropology and ethnology, statistics and operations research, to name a few.  I’ve even got a bit of law and some politics under my belt as well.

The purpose of this site is to share my thoughts, observations, questions, and occasional insights into what makes all of us tick.

I have figured out many of the tough questions, but there are a whole lot of details that still need to be worked out.  And I could use your help on those.

Please join me.  Ask civilized questions, and be prepared for answers.  They may not be what you expect.

And thanks for reading!  Steve

PS – I sometimes use the name Tusok.  It stands for Socrates Two, just modernized.  It has to do with having lots of questions, and finding answers cooperatively.  All it takes is an open mind (a really really open mind) with a huge dose of persistence.

 

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