Current status fully retired. 25+ years United States Air Force career in Information Systems Technology operating and supervising classified and unclassified communications networks worldwide including National Command Authority and Intelligence organization systems. Instructor positions teaching subjects including Military Doctrine, Human Relations, World Affairs, Supervision and Leadership. Self educated (non-formal) in Psychology, Economics, U.S. Constitutional Law, International Law, World Affairs, Game Theory, and a variety of other disciplines that interest me including scientific and religion doctrines. Currently a volunteer Instructor and mentor to local civilian and military organizations when I'm not playing "road nomad" on extended motorcycle trips enjoying my retirement.
Education...a firm believer that ignorance is more damaging than lack of intelligence, understanding that "ignorance" is defined as, "Lacking knowledge, information, or awareness about something."
Everybody is ignorant. We are all lacking knowledge, information, or awareness of topics we have not been educated in or have personal experience. But the word "ignorant" can be a "trigger word" that upsets some people. It is not a derogatory word. It simply describes a person's level of expertise in any given subject or endeavor. Education, however it is achieved, can eliminate ignorance. The simple exchange of ideas with other people can expand a person's horizons and eliminate ignorance if they are willing to put forth the effort.
Anything. If I am ignorant about it I will be willing to learn from you. If I can help you become knowledgable, informed, or more aware of a topic I have expertise in, I will gladly do so.
Playing live poker. At least the ones who haven't played against me yet.
Just a retired guy who enjoys intellectual, thought-provoking, and stimulating discussions on just about any topic. So I joined TED to do that.
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