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Machines and the Mind (User Experience or Human Factors Engineering)

Lauritzen's Usabilty Background Are Computers Friendly to Homo Sapiens? Web Site Useability Checklist Web Site User Survey The Axioms of Design Newspaper Articles Authored by BILL LAURITZEN
Versatile Numbers and Economics

There is another class of numbers as important to society as prime numbers.


- Douglas Hofstadter, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Godel, Escher, Bach.

"Damn interesting...You have a most agile and... versatile mind".

- Michael Shermer, author, "Why People Believe Weird Things."

Nature's Numbers

What is the next step in the evolution of numbers?

      III > 3 > ?

      Roman > Hindu-Arabic > ?

What might numbers look like in the future?

Geodesic Dome Education

How do we educate people about geodesic domes?

The Math Debate

Should math teaching be experiential and hands-on or the traditional "drill and kill"?

SpeakEasy Math: Part I

A revolutionary new way to teach mathematics using simplified nomenclature. Based on 15 years of experience and field research in mathematics education.

SpeakEasy Math: Part II SpeakEasy Math: Part III SpeakEasy Math: Part IV SpeakEasy Math Word List

"I love your [math] word list".

- Elizabeth Loftus, PhD, Psychology, U C Irvine.

Closest-Packing of Spheres

This packing applies to geometry, art, science, mathematics, design, packing, economics, space, and architecture.


Building a modern-day Stonehenge. Experience the Earth as an organic spaceship. Correctly re-orient yourself in the Earth-Sun system.

Mass Delusions

If you see the sun move, if you see it rise or set or even travel across the sky, you are seeing something that is not possible. Hence my diagnosis of delusion.

Feeling the Round Earth

Is it possible to experience the roundness of Earth without going into orbit?

Buckyballs Triangulated

A new way to envision the carbon 60 molecule.

Useable Knowledge

What knowledge? What is science? A simple model that shows that even babies do science.

Steven Hawking

My experience at a Steven Hawking lecture.

Skeptic-Fanatic Scale

Are you a skeptic or a fanatic or do you lie somewhere in between?


Can we make psychological nomenclature more user-centered?

Field Study of Education The Errors of Educators
  1. Education and Integrity
  2. Reading vs. Word Calling
  3. Word Grounding
  4. Reversing the Dictionary
  5. Defining Words
  6. Opening the Captions
  7. Reading: An Unnatural Act
  8. Education in the Common Tongue
  9. Critical Thinking or Critical Linking
  10. School Violence - School Safety
  11. Educational Testing
  12. The King's Test
  13. Teaching Violence
  14. Speakeasy Word List: All Subject