Richard grew up in England, has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Cornell, and taught on the philosophy faculty at Colgate University and the University of Hawaii.
The author of six books, including the award-winning true story Emperors of the Ice, he teaches philosophy, writing, and critical thinking as practical life skills at North Seattle College and the University of Washington's Robinson Center for Young Scholars.
He provides private intellectual mentoring for students and adults.
A Growth Medium for the Whole Mind
Are you living your own life, making your own choices according to your own ideas - or have all three been passed on to you by the dead hand of convention?
A tutor can help you through algebra or third-year Spanish. Richard's style of philosophical mentoring aims at something fundamentally different.
Drawing on his experience as a teacher, philosopher and novelist, Richard focuses on your meta-cognition - your thinking about your thinking - and uses this technique to create deep changes in the way you approach, think about, and communicate about, well, everything.
This is not a fix for specific academic problems. Actually, it can transform academic performance in a wide range of disciplines - but that's a side-effect of cultivating a growth medium for the whole mind.
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At each page for The Babel Trilogy (The Fire Seekers + Ghosts in the Machine + Infinity's Illusion) you'll find the end-notes from the published books. Subjects range from Sherlock Holmes and philosophical zombies to what Socrates might have said to the Archangel Raphael in the Garden of Eden.
At the page for Emperors of the Ice you can find more than you probably ever wanted to know about the history of scurvy, and listen to Richard talk about Scott and the changing meaning of heroism in our culture.