My Five Main Areas of Focus

  1. Quantum mechanics and quantum computing.
  2. Artificial intelligence (AI).
  3. Mental health and mental illness.
  4. American values and social divides.
  5. Foreign policy, security, defense, and democracy promotion.

Reading, researching, and writing

Conceptualizing and expressing

It’s the thought that counts

Quantum mechanics and quantum computing

Artificial intelligence (AI)

Mental health and mental illness

  1. Antisocial behavior.
  2. Severe, debilitating mental illness.
  3. Domestic abuse.
  4. Crime.
  5. Substance abuse.
  6. Radicalization and terrorism.
  7. Gun violence.
  8. Gangs.
  9. PTSD.
  10. Gambling.
  11. Other forms of behavioral addiction.
  12. Postpartum depression.
  1. How to help those with severe mental illness.
  2. How to help those with mild to moderate mental illness.
  3. How to help those with mental health problems which do not rise to the level of a clinically diagnosable mental disorder.
  4. How to enable even relatively normal individuals to enhance their mental health above and well beyond the basic minimums for what is considered normal.
  5. Understanding and coping with the downstream effects of mental illness, including substance use and crime.
  6. Addressing addictions overall.

American values and social divides

Foreign policy, security, defense, and democracy promotion

  1. International relations.
  2. Geopolitical factors. And actors.
  3. Diplomacy.
  4. Defense.
  5. Military.
  6. Terrorism and counterterrorism.
  7. Intelligence.
  8. Related technology.
  9. Liberal world order and related international institutions.
  10. International finance and related institutions.
  11. Democracy promotion.
  12. Democratization.
  13. Regime change.
  14. Human rights.
  15. Nuclear weapons and nonproliferation.
  16. Civil society and related organizations and actors.
  1. Current geopolitical events in general.
  2. Relations with Russia, in general.
  3. Syria. What will Russia do next? What should the U.S. and Europe do next? What role(s) will Iran and the Gulf States play?
  4. Ukraine. Ditto.
  5. Egypt. What next now that virtually all protest is banned?
  6. Tunisia. Best of the Arab Spring is really struggling with both economics and governance.
  7. ISIS. Where will it pop up next, and in what form?

Other areas of interest

  1. Bitcoin and other crypto, virtual, and digital currencies.
  2. Blockchain technology.
  3. Cybersecurity.
  4. Rockets and space exploration.
  5. Cosmology, especially origin, evolution, scope, end, and nature of the universe. Including black holes and planet formation.
  6. Physics.
  7. Energy sources.
  8. Political science and politics.
  9. Government policy.
  10. Social policy.
  11. Economics. Macro, finance, monetary policy.
  12. Access to opportunity.
  13. Human rights. Natural, constitutional, civil, and other categorizations of rights.
  14. Philosophy.
  15. History. For the lessons, not the stories, but sometimes the stories do have some appeal.
  16. Neuroscience.
  17. Psychology.
  18. Science in general. Hard science, not social science.
  19. Systems thinking. Complexity, complex adaptive systems, and the like.
  20. Data science.
  21. Database technology.
  22. Role of the media in society.
  23. Civil society.
  24. Venture capital. Entrepreneurialism. Startups.
  25. Innovation.
  26. Change.
  27. Early man. His nature and evolution. How similar or dissimilar are we?
  28. Virtual travel.
  29. Global warming and climate change.
  30. Work. It’s nature. Availability. It’s Future.
  31. Euthanasia.
  32. Resilience.
  33. Reconciliation.
  34. Nutrition.
  35. DNA.

Areas of non-interest

  • Arts
  • Fashion
  • Style
  • Sports
  • Automotive
  • Classified
  • Education
  • Food
  • Entertainment
  • Movies
  • Obituaries
  • Real estate
  • Television
  • Theater
  • Travel
  • Health
  • Religion.
  • Hobbies. In general.
  • Reading. Of popular books. Although I did always enjoy the NY Times Book Review for its summaries.
  • Leisure activities. In general.
  • Gardening. Landscaping, etc.
  • Home.
  • Community. The world is my community; I have little interest in local affairs.

Am I a polymath?

Student of phenomena

  1. Definitions of terms. Too often they are too vague, imprecise, and ambiguous to be of much real value.
  2. Elements. As with definitions, the components, qualities, and characteristics of phenomena are too frequently weakly defined.
  3. Nature. The overall and general aspects of phenomena are frequently poorly understood.

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