The following essays (which sometimes devolve into something more like winded blogs) are the rants of a pissed off and broke graduate student who specializes is physical sciences and now mathematical finance, i.e. social science is not my formal field of study (though I would call it more than a hobby). In years to come I hope to revise them (I do realize this is a needed thing) after I've found time to study in some reasonable depth the issues of most concern to me. My knowledge on such issues is not where I'd like it to be, but it is difficult to find time to get there as mathematics and physics are very consiming topics.
My current focus is on the development of labor issues throughout American history to the present day, and also the development and origins of the educational system. Next summer I hope to argue a good case as to why we should use recent events (covid) to allow for the mobilization of our educational systems which are outdated, innefficient, and indoctrinating.
A much longer endeavor is the quantum theory of smell and connecting it to large scale group behavior which is so Central to all I that I hypothesise and write about. Smell I consider to be the last frontier of human sensory systems. Being what is likely the most ancient of the senses, it is arguably the most profound. The olfactory system ties directly to the limbic system - the emotional core of our brains. Much is still unknown about smell and it is a very tedius subject that requires many overlapping fields to study the different parts of. That is not to say that one day acheiving simple and useful results are possible... One day.
In regards to recent events, I find t curious that near the beginning of the outbreak 150 homeless people all inhabiting the same place in Boston were found to be asymptomatic. At the time the CDC was baffled. As someone who is not a biologist, to me this is interesting because I wondered how much of our immune system is linked to smell. As it turns out there is a very strong connection between the two, and this I beleive leaves enough room to speculate about olfactions connection to the development of herd immunity.
I'll close saying that I've come to accept that, while I firmly believe new (or the reintroduction of old) forms of domestically shared space is a thing society is at a point it can and should begin to experiment with, I am ultimately arguing for just that - experimentation; to plant the seeds that future generations will grow. I say this because it is unfortunately a somewhat radical argument to make to say that new forms of communal space will be either adopted or even tolerated by society until it is clear we ALL must in some way and to some degree make that change. But realizations such as this do not usually come to humans unless and until it is forced upon us by nature. If, when, and how that may come to pass is beyond me, but I do feel society is rapidly approaching a tipping point - one which will force us to rethink the very prehistoric roots of civilization, and particularly the idea of private property.
- Wayne E. Wignes.