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Brief bio

I was born in 1950 in Everett, Washington, where I was raised. As a youth in the 1960s, I became deeply concerned about the nature of human life and the meaning of human life.

In order to address the fundamental theoretical problems of human life, I began my college education as a philosophy major at a conservative Christian liberal arts college. However, I was disappointed with the inability of philosophy to define problems clearly and solve them decisively, so I gravitated into science, mathematics, and engineering.

I earned bachelor degrees in philosophy and psychology from the University of Washington, and then enrolled as a doctoral student in cognitive psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. My intellectual interests propelled me into studying probability theory and statistics, and I earned a master degree in statistics. I eventually enrolled in the college of engineering, where I studied operations research and computer science and where I earned a doctorate in computer science, specializing in computer architecture.

In computer architecture, I focused on the theory of designing multiprocessor computers, and I published a number of papers, the most notable of which is "The Weakest Memory-Access Order", Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, 1992, vol. 15, p. 305-331. My dissertation is online at the U.C. Berkeley College of Engineering.

Equipped with the intellectual skills of an engineer, I returned to the fundamental theoretical problems of human life, and (I believe) I solved them. Having solved these problems, I went on (I believe) to solve the fundamental theoretical problems of commerce and government. Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, these problems can be solved in the same way that fundamental theoretical problems are solved in science and engineering. You will see how this can be done in my book.