Now that I am a tenured full professor with a family of my own and the prospects of being a property owner, I have started to think about possibly writing something like an autobiography or memoir. To that end I have started to write a semi-regular series of memoir posts. I think of these as notes which I might possibly develop into a book at some point. Given what we know about the way memory works one should be aware that a lot of this is reconstruction and therefore biased and subject to errors. What results is a somewhat traditional story, the story I have told myself and others; Hence a legend. I have done a fair amount of research trying to get details straight but if you know something about something I am posting about feel free to share it in the comments!
I have previously written some general outlines and vague comments about my past in the following places.
- My musical autobiography
- this is the most complete at this point but focuses on my lack of musical ability [first written in 2011 but updated whenever I find new info or a mistake]
- [related post: My Erdos-Bacon-Sabbath Number]
- My interview at 3 am magazine
- some general remarks about a lot of stuff [written in 2012]
- The acknowledgements of my dissertation
- completed in summer of 2008
These previous attempts give the general gist of things and may fill in certain details but they all focus on the time in question from a particular point of view -my musical playing, my influences towards becoming a philosopher, or the influences on the ideas in my dissertation- they do not just aim to provide a general accounting of the time period, and that is what I am aiming to do in these posts. In addition I have done a lot more research since that time and I have come to believe that some of the dates were off a bit.
- I Transfer to SF State: January-March 1997
- This was the first of these reflections, prompted by the realization that I had hit the 20 year anniversary of transferring to San Francisco State University [written in 2017]
- related post: Remembering Dr. John J. Glanville
- some discussion of the Fall 1997 semester and one of my most memorable professors [written in 2011]
- related post: Towards some reflections on the Tucson Conferences
- general reflections of my involvement with the Towards a Science of Consciousness conferences over the years with some remarks about SF State in the ’90s [written in 2014]
- The Beginning: 1971-1977