.: 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 email@example.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.