posted on Jan, 26 2009 @ 09:34 PM
Hello. I've been lurking for weeks and have finally taken the plunge to sign up.
Born in 1960, I grew up to the backdrop of technological advances in science, and have always found computers, aviation and space-exploration to be
obsessively interesting. Having the misfortune of an education at a good but strictly religous (Christian) school, my adoption of science as the
closest concept I had to a faith system often put me at odds with the Bible thumpers who ran the place.
I am old enough to have proudly watched the Apollo lunar landings live, and even bunked off school to watch the wonderful TV coverage in awe. As I
grew older I realised that whilst science was about the future, history was just as important, interesting and compelling. It seemed to provide me
with the antidote to just being a "techie", sort of ying and yang.
In my lifetime I have witnessed the realisation of science-fiction into fact. Mobile phones, CD/DVD, Microchips, Cloning, MRI scans, GPS, etc. Yet for
all our technical prowess as a species some of the most fascinating unanswered questions lay far back in the past. Enigmatic mysteries with experts
and cranks all giving their pet theories but neither side ever seeming to land that decisive knockout blow.
Even the present has its mysteries and incosistencies, all with more questions than answers. A world awash with people who don't believe without
questioning is good, but the endless conspiracy theories that have spawned are bewildering and often just bizarre. Seeking the truth can sometimes be
a punishing experience but is always worthwhile.
Hence I am here, the most interesting discussion forum on the web where I hope to be enlightened, educated and entertained. On top of that,
hopefully just occasionally I may have something pertinent to contribute.