In addition to the main categories in the navigation, I’ve been known to enjoy a few other topics of conversation, some of which you will likely see covered on this site in the future:
- William Shakespeare — I’m in complete agreement with renowned scholar, Harold Bloom, that Shakespeare invented humans and highly recommend his book, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human. I’ve also been known to be on the receiving end of many jokes in my family due to my fascination with Kenneth Branagh, specifically his Shakespeare work. In that regard, I highly recommend Much Ado About Nothing for the uninitiated.
- Language and Consciousness — Did you know that only 3 animals use language the way we do to describe locations and events that are not currently happening? Humans, bees, and a certain species of crow. Therefore, it seems to me that the origin of language is critical to understanding the human experience, and I don’t think anyone captures it better than Derek Bickerton in More Than Nature Needs: Language, Mind, and Evolution or Brian Boyd in On The Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction.
- Evolutionary Biology — I was a fan of Richard Dawkins back when he was actually a scientist. I think he spends far too much time preaching his own brand of religion these days, but, in my opinion, his The Extended Phenotype remains the most potent and least appreciated evolutionary idea since Darwin.
- Astrophysics — Most “learned” individual would probably call me uninformed because I don’t believe in super strings, dark matter, or dark energy as currently described, but the origins of what’s out there has always fascinated me. The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time by Roberto Mangabeira Unger and Lee Smolin captures most of my thinking on the bigger picture, and its an exciting time to ponder these questions.
- Bruce Springsteen — We chose a cover band for our wedding. Enough said.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like to recommend a topic or a book.