The work of a curious fellow

large changes from small actions How can we do anything in no time at all? Time is a twisted slippery thing.

.: What is an observation?

From time to time I get motivated to write on some subject that I have wondered about. This page and its linked pages lead to those essays, which I call observations. listed below are links to the essays, together with a brief description of each.

I plan to keep these essays short - a few paragraphs - and to hold down the technical jargon so that they are readable by folks not in the science business. In the essays you may find words linked to pages explaining more about the usage of that word in its context. For folks who are interested in additional detail, following the links can provide a pretty good introduction to the concepts covered in the essays.

My schedule for writing observation essays is probably going to be irregular. I may write several related essays fairly quickly and then wait a while for another subject to come up. I do recommend that you drop by this page often. This will be the section of this web site that will see the most frequent changes.


.: An observation on this observer.

Anyone is likely to make an observation on any topic at any time, regardless of their qualifications on the subject. I am no exception. I do try to limit my written observations to areas I know something about, but I am sure that there are folks out there in the wide world that know more about any particular topic than I do. I would really appreciate hearing from anyone who thinks that I have made an error in concept or calculation, or who simply wants to comment on any of the essays. I am most reliably reached by email at jdj@mcanv.com. I check email normally at least daily and respond within a few hours of reading your message.

In general my observation topics favor natural science, the nature of the universe and the place of human beings in it. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Christian and learned faith before I learned much science. As a person who loves understanding, I am still comforted that I can know things that I do not understand. Although I find comfort in the Christian faith, I do not believe that people of other faiths are any less entitled to their beliefs than I am. Such science as I do know reinforces the notion that this universe was not created by accident. The odds against it are huge. I have no problem with the theory of evolution. After all what humans perceive as visible light is exactly that portion of the spectrum which penetrates sea water. Still I think that evolution may have been given a few tweaks along the way by a creator who knows what she is doing.

Below are links to essays, grouped together under common themes.

Changing the Future
Pebbles and People -similarities and differences between pebbles and people
Getting Things Done -breaking into the flow of time... or not
Matter Behaving Well -even a brick knows how to follow these rules
Forming an Intent -projecting ourselves into the future based on the past
Acting on Intentions -in which we see that everything is done in the same way
Life on Earth
What is Life -defined by its activities
Getting Improbable Results -showing that chance is a pitiful organizer
Can Evolution do the Job -of making live stuff from not-live stuff
Economy and Extravagance -of Nature in her apparent confusion
The Will of God -the first answer to unanswerable questions... and the last?
Nathan's Question -not so fast on dismissing life by chance
Why is there life -return on the investment
The Predictability Problem -lying between action and reaction
The Nature of "Now"
Introduction to The Nature of Now -relocating the topic
That Simultaneity Situation -playing tricks on the idea of "now"
Where is "Now" -perhaps not everywhere?
When is "Now" -perhaps at the temporal boundary of an evolving universe?
What Happens at "Now" (part 1) -covering large scale objects
What Happens at "Now" (part 2) -covering the smallest objects
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