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My current profile picture is a modern conception of Tyrannosaurus Rex, particularly in the light of the finding of fossils of closely related theropods bearing feathers. See a fuller version here: http://scienceblogs.com.br/colecionadores/2014/04/a-sindrome-de-jurassic-park/

I am a multicellular squidgy organism which sometimes organizes itself into doing the work of a freelance optical physicist. Sometimes. I am interested mainly in Geometry (GTR in physics) and Topology as well as in Epistemology in Science. Also interested in education, particularly of the very young, and in the defense of their future: the Chief Scientist of the land of my birth (Australia) - one of the few wise people there - has pointed described humanity as losing the battle against global warming.

"Wet Savanna Animal" describes my evolutionary history, which animal history I share with at least some readers. We are all children of the wet savannas of East Neogene Afrika - and only patterns and stimulusses that we encountered there can possibly have shapen our evolution and therefore our thoughts. It is a supreme arrogance, therefore, to expect that our thoughts might ken and understand all patterns we encounter in science and mathematics, many of which must lie outside our Wet Savanna, Neogene Africa experience. But somehow, the inferences drawn from those highly restricted patterns must nonetheless have an amazing universality, for we can transfer them to the understanding, for example, of the geometry of a relativistic universe, or the alien but beautiful and simple World of the quantum. And then we find confirmation of our correctness in science not by lofty, arrogant thought, but by listening to Nature through experiment and brutally demanding that all hypotheses not in keeping with Her answers must fall. Thus we can confirm this Universality; it is to me nothing short of a miracle, and a sublime and profound Beauty to behold.

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