First Principles
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.
-- R.P. Feynman

Avoid
self deception.

"A map is not the territory it represents,
but if correct,
it has a similar structure to the territory,
which accounts for its usefulness."

-- Alfred Korzybski

"The non-theoretical character of metaphysics would not be in itself a defect; all arts have this non-theoretical character without thereby losing their high value for personal as well as for social life. The danger lies in the deceptive character of metaphysics; it gives the illusion of knowledge without actually giving any knowledge. This is the reason why we reject it."

-- Rudolf Carnap

"The tendency has always been strong to believe that whatever received a name must be an entity or being, having an independent existence of its own. And if no real entity answering to the name could be found, men did not for that reason suppose that none existed, but imagined that it was something peculiarly abstruse and mysterious."

-- John Stuart Mill

"There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true."

-- Soren Kierkegaard

Tolerate
uncertainty.

"The mark of a mature, psychologically healthy mind is indeed the ability to live with uncertainty and ambiguity, but only as much as there really is. Uncertainty is no virtue when the facts are clear, and ambiguity is mere obfuscation when more precise terms are applicable."

-- Julian Baggini

"In reality, both religion and science are expressions of man's uncertainty. Perhaps the paradox is that certainty, whether it be in science or religion, is dangerous."

-- Robert Winston

"The basic fault lines today are not between people with different beliefs but between people who hold these beliefs with an element of uncertainty and people who hold these beliefs with a pretense of certitude."

-- Peter L. Berger

"In the strict formulation of the law of causality - if we know the present, we can calculate the future - it is not the conclusion that is wrong but the premise."

-- Werner Heisenberg

Maintain
a healthy
perspective.

"The mind is its own place, and in it self can make a Heaven of Hell, or a Hell of Heaven."

-- John Milton

"Prudence versus passion is a conflict that runs through history. It is not a conflict in which we should side wholly with either party."

-- Bertrand Russell

"To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods."

-- Robert A. Heinlein

"We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine."

-- H. L. Mencken

Live a
satisfying
human
existence.

"All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it."

-- Samuel Butler

"Nature requires us not only to be able to work well but also to idle well."

-- Aristotle

"The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge."

-- Albert Einstein

"The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as means to other things, are knowledge, art, instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection."

-- Bertrand Russell



My professional life:

Curriculum Vitae

Patents, Publications

Examples of My Work

Early Years

Telemetric Pacemaker

Microwave measurement of gas plasmas

IBM Research - I/O Technology Department

Holographic fabrication of crystallographically aligned sub-micron gratings in GaAs

Grating Coupled Semiconductor Laser Diodes

Semiconductor Lasers on Silicon Optical Benches

Fiber Optic Data Communications

Monolithic Laser Array Packaging

IBM Research - Computer Science Department

Seeing Eye Mouse

Simon (The first smart phone) predictive keypad

The ABYSS software asset protection system

The Personal Speech Assistant


Post-retirement pastimes:

T'ai Chi

Amateur Radio



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