The Personal Website of Mark W. Dawson
Containing His Articles, Observations, Thoughts,
and some would say Wisdom (and some would say not).
the last several years I have decided to write about what I
have learned and loved throughout my life. They have become
such a collection that I have decided to loosen them on an
unsuspecting world. I hope that you will enjoy them, and
perhaps it will give you something to think about. The
various topics are as follows:
- (Sep 2018) - An Introduction for those that know little or
nothing about Classical Music, with lists of recommended
composers and compositions.
Music Lists - (Sep 2018) - Various lists
relating to Classical Music (the Composers lists are in the
- (Sep 2018) - A collection of different thoughts and
meanderings on life, living, and death.
Items - (Sep 2018) - Some random
miscellaneous items I have written.
- (Sep 2018) - My observations on American
Government, Politics, and Society.
- Readings -
(Sep 2018) -Some of the books that I have read and enjoyed,
and that I believe that the general public can read,
- Religiosity - (Sep 2018) - My
thoughts and beliefs on religion and spirituality.
- Science - (Sep 2018) -
Articles I have written on various scientific topics.
Entertainment - (Sep 2018) - An amusing list
of my all time favorite Movies & Television.
you have any comments, concerns, critiques, or suggestions I
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will review reasoned and intellectual correspondence, and
it is possible that I can change my mind, or at least update
the contents of these articles. This is why these articles
are dated. Whenever I make a change to these articles they
will be re-dated. So check back and see if any articles have
been updated (or perhaps I shall add articles).
Who Am I?
I am an
overweight, out-of-shape, newly minted senior citizen. I am a
heterosexual male, married, and father of one adult daughter.
I am of European descent (mostly Scottish, English, German,
and some Eastern European), but most importantly I am a Human
Being (this is what I put on all forms that require I state my
As a human
being, I have intelligence and can think and learn from
knowledge, experience, and education (autodidactism).
I attempt to keep my mind active and engaged and learn and
think about the world around me. I have interests and hobbies
(mostly classical, popular, and rock-n-roll music, movies,
television, historical America, and the history of the
physical sciences, as well as astrophysics & quantum
mechanics). I have written various observations and articles
on these topics, which is the reason for this website.
I was born
(on the Ides of May - 1952) and raised in Philadelphia, PA. I
spent my entire adult life in the northern suburbs of
Philadelphia, PA. I attended the Thomas Holme Elementary
school, and Abraham Lincoln High School of Philadelphia, PA,
and I have some undergraduate credits at the University of
has been almost entirely in the Information technology
field. I have taken brief respites (for fun or sanity
purposes) as a Traveling Science Show Instructor for the
Franklin Institute during the Bicentennial school year and as
a Pet Sitter. I have traveled somewhat (mostly business) and
have spent several months, weeks, and days in several U.S.
cities, and England and Germany on business trips. My
vacations have been to several places in the United States,
Bermuda, and Mexico, as well as various places in the
Northeastern USA from Maine to Virginia.
I have had
and have several minor medical conditions throughout my life,
but I fortunately never had any severe medical conditions,
broken bones or serious injuries in my life. Mostly all of my
current medical conditions could be improved if I exercised
regularly and had a better diet. But being busy, lazy, and
unmotivated I do none of these things.
know me claim that I have a good sense of humor, but a very
poor joke teller. I do, however, have the ability to tell
stories from my own life, and well as historical and
scientific stories, and as such, they regard me as a good
storyteller. I have tried to live a legal, moral, and ethical
life, and honesty and integrity are very important to me in my
dealings with myself and others (therefore I am a
words, I am much like most other Americans, and there is
nothing special about me, other than I think a lot. I have
often said that English is my second language, while thinking
is my first language. Those that know me, and my writing, know
that my second language (English) can be very poor in both
spelling and grammar (thank God for computer spell checkers,
thesaurus, and grammar checkers), and I struggle to write
anything. I also have some difficulty with pronunciation
(especially non-English words). I am a very organized and
logical person, and I attempt to keep my writing organized and
logical. I attempt to write clearly, concisely, completely,
confidently, and understandably. As such, I hope that these
articles are readable to all with a high school education.
For more detailed information on who I am click here.
A Personal Note
incandescent light bulb has often been described as a heat
source that provides some light, given that a light bulb
generates more heat than it does light. In today's public
debates we often find the proponents of an issue providing a lot
of heat and only a little light. These observations are meant to
provide illumination (light) and not argumentation (heat).
Opponents in today's society often utilize the dialog and debate
methodology of Demonize, Denigrate, and Disparage their opponent
when discussing issues, policies, and personages. To demonize,
denigrate, or disparage the messenger to avoid consideration of
the message is not acceptable if the message has supporting
The only acceptable method of public discourse is disagreement -
to be of different opinions. If you are in disagreement with
someone you should be cognizant that people of good character
can and often disagree with each other. The method of their
disagreement is very important to achieve civil discourse. There
are two ways you can disagree with someone; by criticizing their
opinions or beliefs or critiquing their opinions or beliefs.
- Criticism - Disapproval expressed by pointing out
faults or shortcomings.
- Critique - A serious examination and judgment of
and most commentators have forgotten the difference between
Criticism and Critique. This has led to the hyper-partisanship
in today's society. In a civil society critiquing a viewpoint or
policy position should be encouraged. This will often allow for
a fuller consideration of the issues, and perhaps a better
viewpoint or policy position without invoking
hyper-partisanship. We can expect that partisanship will often
occur, as people of good character can and often disagree with
each other. Criticizing a viewpoint or policy position will
often lead to hostility, rancor, and enmity, which results in
the breakdown of civil discourse and hyper-partisanship. It is
fine to criticize someone for their bad or destructive behavior,
but it is best to critique them for their opinions or words. We
would all do better if we remember to critique someone, rather
than criticize someone.
I would ask anyone who disagrees with what I have written here
to please keep this disagreement civil. I am open to critique
and will sometimes take criticism. I will always ignore
demonization, denigration, and disparagement, or point out the
vacuous nature or the character flaws of those that wish to
silence the messenger rather than deal with the message.
Please remember that if you disagree with the messenger it is
not acceptable to kill the messenger. You may kill the
messenger, but the message will remain.
If you have any
comments, concerns, critiques, or suggestions I can be reached
I will review reasoned and intellectual correspondence, and it
is possible that I can change my mind, or at least update the
contents of these articles. This is why these articles are
dated. Whenever I make a change to these articles they will be
re-dated. So check back and see if any articles have been
updated (or perhaps I shall add articles).
Author wishes to thank the editors and contributors of
website. Their many fine articles on this subject have
made my task in creating these articles much easier. I
have attributed and hyperlinked the Wikipedia article
whenever I have utilized it in an article (and place
the Wikipedia article in a frame such as this). For a
more fuller understanding of these topics, I would
direct you to the appropriate Wikipedia article.
I would also acknowledge that the
graphics contained in these articles were obtained from
various websites. I have tried to obtain non-copyrighted
images, and if I have failed to do so I would sincerely
apologize to the copyright holders for not attributing the
image to them.