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  • At university in New York, Jim majored in sciences and philosophy. Moving to California for two years of graduate school in philosophy, he enjoyed the good fortune of conversing personally with a number of the foremost philosophers of the 20th century. Moving on to British Columbia and getting a teaching certificate there, Jim's career path came to include over 20 years of teaching at the elementary, secondary, & post-secondary levels -- mostly secondary-level science, math, and computers.
  • Before computer programming languages grew enormously with the advent of the Windows GUI, Jim wrote numerous computer programs for use in his school. When not travelling for computer-training events, he is now usually found in the Pacific Time Zone, planning and maintaining computer networks and resolving diverse computer issues.
  • Now a citizen of two English-speaking countries, Jim, like many of his contemporaries committed to education, is involved in the discussions regarding both the topical and the timeless that are now carried out over the many keyboards around the globe.
  • Jim finds it a bit odd to be talking about himself in the third-person.
  • If Jim had to name some philosophy important to his way of thinking about things, he'd need to mention the Socratic Method, Cartesian Method (somewhat), Kantian antinomies, Wittgenstenian Language Games, and Contractual Theory as updated by John Searle. Surprisingly, he finds he needs to also include people he does not really consider to be philosophers - like Newton. (Third person is really strange here - like I have interviewed myself he interviewed himself.)
If you tried to doubt everything you would not get as far as doubting anything. The game of doubting itself presupposes certainty. --Ludwig Wittgenstein, On Certainty paragraph 115
The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

- both attributed to Bertrand Russell, the second is probably a paraphrase.

Convenient Links[edit]

  • Regarding linking of solitary years
    • from Overlinking#Overlinking
      Overlinking in a webpage or another hyperlinked text is the characteristic of having too many hyperlinks.[1][2] It is characterized by:... Links that have little information content, such as linking on specific years like 1995, or unnecessary linking of common words used in the common way, for which the reader can be expected to understand the word's full meaning in context, without any hyperlink help.
    • date links are so that user preferences will work. From WP:Date#Autoformatting and linking:
      Full dates, and days and months, are normally autoformatted by inserting double square-brackets, as for linking. This instructs the MediaWiki software to format the item according to the date preferences chosen by registered users.... Wikipedia has articles on days of the year, years, decades, centuries and millennia. Link to one of these pages only if it is likely to deepen readers' understanding of a topic. Piped links to pages that are more focused on a topic are possible ([[1997 in South African sport|1997]]), but cannot be used in full dates, where they break the date-linking function.
    • Surely it is unlikely that linking every year in an article will deepen a user's understanding about THAT article.

Date & era notation data[edit]

False Dilemma[edit]

Suppose you had to choose between believing that "the truth" was contained in

  1. a book written from 1900 to 3000 years ago, or
  2. an institution that gradually changed over time

Which would you prefer?[possible selective use of sources]

Quizfarm Quiz[edit]

Cultural Creative 63 75 75 63 63 81 75 71
Existentialist 63 63 69 69 63 69 81 68
Materialist 56 63 63 56 63 81 81 66
Postmodernist 56 50 63 63 69 63 63 61
Modernist 44 50 44 50 56 50 81 54
Fundamentalist 25 50 38 38 31 44 25 36
Romanticist 38 44 38 44 25 25 19 33
Idealist 25 25 38 38 19 38 0 26

I don't self-identify with much, and I would NOT describe myself as an Existentialist, nor as a Cultural Creative. I would have expected higher ranking for Idealist. One thing the test seems to have right most of the time is my low scores for Fundamentalist. I think Materialist means you think that the atomic theory & other theories in physics are pretty good explanations for the way things are – not that you are materialistic.

If I had to name some philosophy important to my way of thinking about things I'd need to mention the Socratic Method, Cartesian Method, Kantian antinomies, Wittgenstenian Language Games, and Contractual Theory as updated by John Searle. Surprisingly I find I need to also include people I do not really consider to be philosophers - like Newton.

INTJThis user's MBTI type is INTJ.

Am I?[edit]

<img src="http://www.math.arizona.edu/~savitt/GTM/warner.jpg" width=90 height=140 alt="">

If I were a Springer-Verlag Graduate Text in Mathematics, I would be Frank Warner's Foundations of Differentiable Manifolds and Lie Groups.

I give a clear, detailed, and careful development of the basic facts on manifold theory and Lie Groups. I include differentiable manifolds, tensors and differentiable forms. Lie groups and homogenous spaces, integration on manifolds, and in addition provide a proof of the de Rham theorem via sheaf cohomology theory, and develop the local theory of elliptic operators culminating in a proof of the Hodge theorem. Those interested in any of the diverse areas of mathematics requiring the notion of a differentiable manifold will find me extremely useful.

Which Springer GTM would you be? <a href="http://www.math.arizona.edu/~savitt/GTM.html">The Springer GTM Test</a>


For outstanding efforts in defending Wikipedia from vandalism, in particular the JFK article, I award you the Defender of Wiki Barnstar -Husnock March 2005
For diligently editing articles to ensure they remain accurate, well written and encyclopedic, in particular the Jesus article, I award you The Barnstar of Diligence. RossNixon 10:44, 14 December 2005 (UTC)
Thank you for being diligent and civil, and helping to eventually come to a compromise on the Atheism page. Somerset219 06:22, 2 August 2006 (UTC)
For extreme diplomacy and reasoned debate during the 'philosophy' wars of the first sentence on the Atheism page. Blitterbug 17:09, 16 April 2008 (BST)
The Editor's Barnstar
For keeping articles up to date, rv vandalism and making sure they look like a wikipedia article Jeffklib 00:37, 2 October 2006 (UTC)

I've also been cursed, but no need to belabour that ...

The Atheism Barnstar
If anybody deserves this, you do Glic16 (talk) 14:31, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

Major Topics[edit]

These articles are among my major areas of interest:


The current time where I usually am is: 06:42. Make that 07:42 if daylight savings time is in effect.

  • The current Pacific time, is 07:42:00
  • The current Pacific time offset from UTC-8 is 1 hour(s)

Dates gets refreshed at midnight UTC

  • 14 July 2024
  • 14:41, Sunday, July 14, 2024 (UTC)
  • 2024
  • 07 or July
  • 14
  • 2024 July 14

Times do not get auto-refreshed every second, nor minute, nor hour - apparently only on first visit to page, or if page is changed. Eventually they get refreshed when reopened on a new day (it seems). Refreshing the cache does not do the trick.


D: 31,016
M: 32,878
J: 28,345
C: 28,186
L: 27,904
J: 26,669
MJ: 25,403
J: 24,296
H: 15,642
V: 14,526