Scholarship

In his still-popular book Guide for the Perplexed, the twelfth-century Jewish scholar Maimonides recommends that people seeking to understand the universe should pursue studies in logic, mathematics, physics, and metaphysics, in that order. This has been, roughly, the progression of my journey as a scholar.

After graduating from McMaster University with a combined degree in engineering physics, commerce, and mathematics, I spent about eight years studying and influencing human behaviour "in the field" as a marketing professional. Additionally, I spent many evenings and weekends at McMaster University's business school, where I conducted more rigorous academic research on the growth of high-potential learners.

Growth & Development

My work at McMaster inspired me to become an independent scholar, where I spent several years learning everything I could about how humans grow and develop across their lifespans.

Although elements of my findings are encapsulated in a trio of papers I wrote in 2021 (below), I have recently completed a short book which summarizes my thinking on how psychologists and therapeutic practitioners can more readily empower and dignify human beings through their work. Perhaps my most key insight is that integrity of self is the most important human need, even above Maslow's survival needs.

It naturally follows from this work that I have also studied how integrity is compromised and degraded. In addition to writing a short book about the structural problems of industrial society, I have studied cults, conspiracies, and ideologies for a number of years - all of which can represent threats to human integrity. This research includes time "in the field" engaging with Q-people, conspiracy theorists, and "fringe groups".

Psychology & Religion

Although these may seem like very different topics to most, both psychology and religion make claims about the human mind that are sometimes in agreement, and sometimes in conflict. Therefore, in order to sort out answers that satisfy as many perspectives as possible, I have engaged in studies of Eastern and Western religions for several years. This includes the study of so-called "religious experiences", both from a theoretical and applied perspective.

Science & Religion

The relationship between psychology and religion exists within the broader sphere of religion and science. My findings, which involve points of agreement between Jewish, African, and mainstream sources, are surprising and suggest the existence of a Creator. They are encapsulated in this ebook.

Information & Media

Paraphrasing a popular phrase from Marshall McLuhan's Understanding Media, we shape the tools that we use, which then shape us in turn. And, summarizing one possible conclusion from a very complicated book about evolution, humans evolve not only by propagating their genetic information, but also by accumulating knowledge and transmitting it between generations.

In an age where people are obsessed with youth, longevity, and even immortality, the idea that we can live on through our ideas seems profound and worth further exploration. I am currently reviewing a number of authoritative works in media studies to build a foundation of knowledge on this topic.

Publications

The Bicameral Expert

Keywords: intuition, expertise, bicameralism, neuropsychology

ABSTRACT: Experts are becoming increasingly essential to the functioning of many aspects of modern society. However, the development of expertise reliably and at scale is still a challenge due to systemic educational failures and a lack of understanding of the general mechanisms that govern expertise. Building on areas of consilience between the works of Jordan B. Peterson, Julian Jaynes, and the expertise literature, general neuropsychological mechanisms that govern intuition are proposed. This understanding of intuition is then related to the manifestation and development of expertise, and implications for the role of experts in society are discussed.

Scaffolds & Sophistry

Keywords: language habit, ego development, mental models, misinformation

ABSTRACT: The proliferation of information in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, combined with the advent of electronic communications technology, has fostered a cosmopolitan and misinformation-rich environment that has left many individuals vulnerable to deception, sophistry, and ideological possession. Linguistic and developmental root causes of these vulnerabilities are examined, with a focus on the human language habit and ego development theory. Opportunities for the scalable development of misinformation-resistant human beings are outlined, and the necessity of faith in the context of education and human development is discussed.

Critical Thinking & Intellectual Virtues

Keywords: critical thinking, virtues, education

ABSTRACT: Despite being one of the explicit goals of many Western educational institutions, a lack of critical thinking ability is endemic at all levels of education as well as in the adult populace. Furthermore, many educators lack methods to teach or assess critical thinking, which has long been an ill-defined concept. In response to these challenges, an approach to fostering critical thinking based on intellectual virtues is proposed. A framework of four “cardinal” intellectual virtues (Precision, Objectivity, Openness, and Humility) provides the basis for a comprehensive framework of ninety-six distinct knowledges, values, skills, and behaviors. This framework can be adapted to suit instructional needs at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels.

Fundamentals of Integrity Psychology

The Art of Dignifying & Ennobling Humans

SUMMARY: Despite its status as a well-respected and influential field of science, a comprehensive review of psychology will reveal multiple catastrophic problems that have confused the public about human nature, enslaved them to the industrial machine, and degraded their quality of life. This treatise works from a first-principles perspective to develop a life-affirming psychological paradigm.