This blog serves two purposes. The first is personal. I love writing, but I don’t get to do as much of it as I would like to in my line of work. Blogging lets me write freely, and write the way I wish to, without conforming to the stunted academic style that is so characteristic of journal papers. I get to write for writing’s sake. I also find that, by giving form to thought through the written word, writing helps me crystallize and work through my ideas.
The second purpose is societal. Outside of popular culture, about which I know almost nothing, I usually have strong views on most subjects. Some very small fraction of what I have to say may even be worthwhile and would have value to the greater world. This blog serves as a medium to communicate what I hope are some of the more sensible ideas that I have, about science, society, and our place in the cosmos.