I am a qualified Topo-cadastral, Engineering, and Geodetic Surveyor (Geodetic Engineering) and have a doctorate in Business Economics and Management.
In a certain sense, Economics ("Human Ecology") is more of a philosophy than a science, but in another sense it is as hard a science you ever will find. In Paradise, there is no Economics, but the rest of us have to live with it. However, I have always been an Engineer first, and only an Economist as an afterthought.
I have studied Mathematics, and more Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Geodesy, Astronomy, Mining Engineering, Mining Economics, Economics, Business Economics, Logistics, Management, Management Science, Computer Science, Systems Engineering, and Philosophy at certain stages of my life though. I have retired in 2002 because of a very serious heart condition and I keep myself busy now by writing about science, mathematics, philosophy, and religion. Now, I am also a 'qualified' Type 1 Diabetic!
Nevertheless, because of a lifelong, intense interest in mathematics, science, metaphysics, fideism, ontology, and the concepts of faith and knowledge, I have been studying the relationship between science, religion, different philosophies, and the occult for over forty years.
I was born in South Africa, and I grew up on the gold mines of the Transvaal, and worked as a land surveyor, geodetic engineer, business economist, consultant, entrepreneur, university lecturer, and freelance researcher. Both my father and paternal grandfather were mining engineers and I subsequently grew up in a house stacked with topographical, topo-cadastral, and geological maps. In fact, they were my main toys as a child and I love maps to this day. My father later was a mine manager of the biggest mining complex in the world - Vaal Reefs Exploration and Gold Mining Co.
My first encounter with science was with astronomy and geology as a child. A love that also has lasted throughout my life. When you travel through the African bush a first-class knowledge of astronomy and geology is essential – especially if you look for minerals. In those days, there was no GPS, and most times even maps, or roads, were non-existent. We navigated by the use of the Sun and the stars like mariners through the African landscape.
Accompanying my father on exploration surveys all over Africa whenever possible were the highlights of my childhood years. My father had a huge respect and reverence for the Earth and that made a huge impression on me. We would sit around campfires in the African bush discussing life, philosophy, science, religion, and the meaning of it all – trying to figure out Spirit and mind’s relation to matter/energy; and of course the inherent consciousness of our Mother Earth ('Gaia'). It was our own private church, but anyone was welcome. Huge numbers of mosquitoes usually attended and saw us as their communion bread.
As a student, I first got involved with computers in the early 1970s. I started programming mainframes (with the original version of BASIC). Later I owned my own Sinclair ZX 80/81, an Apple 11, and a number of other PCs. I did some programming in machine code, assembler, and later versions of BASIC (The original BASIC was designed in 1963, by John George Kemeny and Thomas Eugene Kurtz at Dartmouth College.), PASCAL, FORTRAN, COBOL, Clipper, C, C++, assembler, and machine code.
In the 1990s, my son studied Computer Systems Engineering at university. I helped him with his mathematics (my strong point) and in the process learned a lot more about computer hardware, digital electronics, software development, and networks.
I assisted him with his projects, for example, building robot cars with different types of sensors and programming the cars’ programmable integrated circuits (PICs).
My son and I then had our own computer business for a number of years – fixing, upgrading, building computers, and installing local area networks.
I believe that humans are psycho-anatonomical organisms and not merely anatonomical ‘machines’. We, like computers, have hardware (bodies, including the brain) and software (minds) part-systems.
However, since the Industrial Revolution, the peoples from Western civilizations had developed an increasingly more mechanistic point of view of reality. As our knowledge of physics and chemistry grew, and with the advent of the steam engine, we started to see the universe and all life in it as a big mechanical machine constructed from chemical elements.
Since then our knowledge has kept on increasing with discoveries about electricity, electronics, information and communication science, computer science and nanotechnology, and especially quantum theory, and holography.
We had a whole paradigm shift, and have since developed tools like general systems theory, cybernetics, and chaos theory that are directing our approach to these new, technological developments. The mechanistic worldview of Isaac Newton and Rene Descartes has become utterly untenable and we have to reconsider our world perspective and probably develop a more holistic and organic view of our world and belief systems.
When we, for example, look at a modern personal computer (a PC) we see a cabinet, a monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, speakers, a printer, a scanner, etc. If we look inside the cabinet, we will also see a mainboard with a central processing unit (CPU). Usually there are also video and audio cards, as well as random access memory (RAM) units plugged into special slots. This, including all the wiring, constitutes the computer’s hardware components (its body).
To be operational a computer will need a source of suitable energy (electricity) as well as a hierarchy of interconnected computer programs (software components, its mind) – firmware, an operating system, and applications software programs. Electricity (electrons and ‘holes’) is also a physical component like the computer hardware, but the computer programs and information in the programs, although anchored in hardware, are something completely different from the hardware altogether. If you did not know that there is software involved, you will never find it!
We have moved away from the mere mechanistic machine to an electronic device – a machine with a ghost inside! The modern electromechanical apparatus now has not only memory, but also has enormous decision-making capabilities! It has evolved from a ‘mechanical idiot’ into a ‘thinking android’.
If we compare ‘the anatomy and physiology of a living organism’ with ‘the architecture of a PC’, we will find certain noticeable similarities and not only in the hardware parts (anatonomical and physiological aspects) of both, but especially in the software parts (psychological aspects). Software in both cases is entirely outside the realm of the physical scientists. (The so-called mind-body duality.)
Both organisms and PCs are complex cybernetic systems, where cybernetics is for our purposes the study of self-regulating information, control, communication, and transformation systems in organisms, mechanical and electronic, and electromechanical equipment.
I truly believe that humans consist of spirit ('the Operator/Witness'), body ('Hardware'), and mind ('Software').