The Transpantaneira Highway, Brazil, 2006
My whole blog really is summarized in one line: “As we relate, so we think.” If we fill our lives with irrational, belief-based relationships, then that will be the way we think — belief-based, and ignoring the world around us. If we fill our lives with rational, trust-based, data-driven relationships, then that will be the way our brains operate — taking in the varied nuances of existence, and connecting to the people around us. Neuroscience research is slowly catching up — Matt Lieberman’s book ‘Social’ basically confirms (albeit in a fragmented fashion) my fundamental hypothesis. My work exists at, and reaches far above the micro-neuroscience level, into larger systemic social organization.
How all this manifests turns out to be a wild ride.
Who am I? I am a professor of engineering at Washington State University in Pullman (think the location equivalent of Tatooine,) a world traveler (38 different countries,) a father of two teenage boys, and a husband. I attempt to be a servant of humanity. I used to be a Class V kayaker, but now need to practice my roll or I’m gonna kill himself.
I also have started to realize that not telling people I have actual professional experience on this page may hurt my chances of people reading my stuff. So here goes: I am a published professor in the field of design theory and high performance work teams. I run a large Design Clinic with over 300 successfully completed tech. projects. I’ve worked on organizing sustainability education in Europe. And I’m also one of the second-wave pioneers in understanding nonlinear dynamics and complex system theory. I was one of the folks (not the only one!) who figured out how chaos and fractals relate to each other. I have an extensive background in environmental policy, and was a leading roadless area preservation activist about twenty years ago, with experience up and down the governmental food chain. And I’m also a leading edge thinker in experiential education. These are status-based assertions that may lead you to read more of my stuff — but I’d really be happier if you figured out whether the arguments themselves make sense. 🙂
I took most of the pictures that appear on this blog. I’ll try to be good and give credit when that’s not true.
For those that want to contact me, best to use my chuckpezeshki at gmail.com address. One of the things that’s interesting is that this blog has a small, but daily world-wide readership. Not surprisingly most of the readers are in the U.S. But I do know this is true, because WordPress gives stats and locations (no names or addresses). On any given day, there are people from Australia to South Africa, Finland to Austria, Mexico and Brazil that read this blog. The reason I’m writing this is I’d like to hear from you. Send me an e-mail with what you think. I’m continually working on making this blog more comprehensible, but I can’t do it without feedback. So drop me a note.