I thought I’d begin with a rough layout of the theme I shall intend to uptake in posts to come. Let me first provide some background information. I’m a 23-year-old, Californian, male PhD student (in mathematics) with a strong interest in academics, education, and the future of human civilization. In particular I claim progress of the latter of the three interests depends strongly upon progress of the former two. I’m atheist and liberal (and will clarify precisely what I mean by this in a later post), although my pursuit of consistency and efficiency is of course what should matter.