I’m just an average guy with an average background. Single, 27 year old living near Minneapolis, Mn. My name is Clinton but I typically comment around the web as ‘Hess’ or ‘Hessenroots’. I adopted the handle some time ago so I stick with it.
I’m no expert, I have no degrees or an extensive college education worth mentioning and I’ll never claim otherwise. Most of the time, in preparation for presenting material, I find myself learning new things about the topics at hand. Books and websites where I’ve found such information will always be posted for the listener/reader so you might learn yourself, should you feel the desire.
What education I do have is mostly self motivated simply by doing a helluva lot of heavy reading, listening to lectures and reading papers by experts in those fields I do find interesting and taking the time to learn what I need to so that I can understand what I’m taking in. I’ve taken quite a few courses offered by the MIT OpenCourseware program and I’m in the process of working on more. Though some may consider it questionably useful, due the it not being presented in an academic setting, I can honestly say I’ve learned quite a lot from it. I think you get out of it what you put into it like any other learning experience.
As well as this, my personal site, I’m a contributing editor over at “Heaving Dead Cats”.
This sites name, though not always the content, is inspired by a quote from Issac Asimov:
“Tens of millions of Americans, who neither know nor understand the actual arguments for or even against evolution, march in the army of the night with their Bibles held high. And they are a strong and frightening force, impervious to, and immunized against, the feeble lance of mere reason.”
I’m an atheist and my posts/commentary will generally reflect that. This isn’t the main guise of my site but I do find the current social atmosphere relating to atheism important and relevant.
The topics I chose are things I find interesting, infuriating, amusing or otherwise thought provoking. While I do hope to spur a bit of awareness or provoke the thoughts of others I am only speaking my mind, putting my thoughts out there for scrutiny or conversation.
If you want to contact and/or harass me , do so via the following:
Yahoo: Clint_42 (please identify yourself somehow when you first IM me, spam is ignored and blocked)
Skype: cb_042 (as with yahoo I ignore and block any spam so IM me first if you plan on rining me 🙂 )