His first two years at the Academy, besides the extensive military and physical training, he studied algebra and trigonometry, analytic geometry, calculus, engineering, law, astronomy, philosophy, ethics, comparative religion, astrodynamics, electrical engineering, chemistry, aeronautical engineering, psychology, anthropology, history, Russian, US history, world history, military history, air power and 20th century warfare, statistics, mechanics, biology, human physiology, political science, physics, space flight, economics, and art.
His second two years at the Academy he received a B.S. in psychology by studying general psychology, leadership, physiological psychology, statistics, social psychology, abnormal psychology, experimental psychology, personality, testing and measurements, learning, systems of psychology, industrial psychology, perception, and engineering psychology. He also studied philosophy, ethics, the great religions, the philosophy of science, and the philosophy of the counter-culture.
The Air Force then sent him to an accelerated program to get a masters degree in industrial and organizational psychology at Purdue specializing in Human Engineering Design.
From 1980-1982 he independently studied organizations, job morale, and industrial productivity.
He then taught extensively in the inner city of Los Angeles, as a substitute teacher, while studying independently studying education, mathematics, science, psychology, and other subjects.
He wrote a paper on the Buckminsterfullerence molecule in 1994. This paper resulted in him being invited to a conference where he met Harry Kroto and Richard Smalley, the two discoverers of the molecule, and who two years later shared the Nobel Prize for this.
He has created several innovative designs and insightful articles which combine cognitive science, mathematics, geometry, geodesic domes, archeology, anthropology, geology, oceanography, education, ancient Egypt, economics, and other subjects.
His designs include a new way of presenting and teaching the English alphabet (still under development), a new number system (a base-12 color-coded number system with new symbols), an educational word game (still under development), and Spacehenge.
He has been influenced in his thought and designs by Socrates, Plato, Galileo, Darwin, Freud, Buckminster Fuller, Albert Einstein, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alfred Korzybski, and others.Bill Lauritzen: Usability Engineer
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