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About Me

My true name is Paul Eaton. First and foremost, I am an educator. Currently I teach at Boston Latin Academy (BLA), the first public school in the USA to admit girls. Currently it is an exam/magnet school for gifted/talented inner-city children. Almost 90% of which can be classified as "disadvantaged" and qualify for free/reduced lunch. Probably the best thing about my school is that it is the most racially diverse school in the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

 

Currently I teach two sections of AP Physics, one honors Chem, and one regular Chemistry. One of my better accomplishments has been the building of the AP Physics program at BLA. When I arrived, there were only eight interested students. Now it's grown to two classes of thirty, where some kids are turned away because of too much interest.

 

The most profound shaping events of my life were in the 3.5 years living in Indonesia & Malaysia. I can't even begin to describe the levels of intensity or perspective that gave to me. The name Hasanuddin comes from that time; it was the name given to me.

 

Though I held many odd jobs growing up, teaching was the one that came most naturally. My first teaching gig was as the College of Marin's first "Logic Tutor." It was actually quite comical. That school had a tutoring center that would supply tutors for any class. I approached them offering to be the tutor for a "very difficult" class that I had excelled in: Philosophy 112 "Introduction to Logic." At first the ladies running the center laughed at the notion of a philosophy-tutor; but I was persistent. Eventually, they agreed if I could drum up one student, they would hire me on. Soon, I had more tutees than anyone else! It's both fortunate and ironic that I had that experience. The book that I taught from, Copi's Introduction to Logic was one of the only books I kept from college. Good thing too, it was instrumental in both the formation of the Dominium Model and defending it against those who would attack it on forums such as SciAm and Hypography.com

 

Since that time, I never really left teaching. I put myself through school independently. That meant I had to scramble to find work. I used the same methods that landed me the Logic Tutor position when I transferred on to UC Davis. I even jokingly referred to myself as the TA-whore. Days before the semester was to begin, I would go around to the different depts to see if there were any vacancies. If so, I'd apply. Since they were desperate, they'd hire me. No bother, I was a quick study and none of the students ever suspected I was often just a few pages ahead of them. As a result I TA-ed a gambit of classes including: Microbiology, Zoology, Economics, Environmental Studies, and Genetics.

 

Thinking outside the box and considering things that others hadn't is something that has always come naturally to be. Another common theme of my life has been to always attempt to live as altruistically as possible. Hence my undergraduate major: "fish-farming" a.k.a., Animal Science--Aquaculture. My goal was to take the aquacultural advantage, that I had seen employed in Indonesia, to either Africa or Latin America. The big problem was, at the time, Africans and Latin Americans didn't really consume significant quantities of fish. Therefore, marketing was a major stumbling block. Therefore, I applied, and was admitted to a new masters program that was half based in Animal Science (aquaculture) and half in management (marketing.) As fate would have it, during the last semester of my undergraduate program, I was sitting in my "Finfish Nutrition Class" and something the instructor said caused me to have an epiphany that strung together the teachings of approx five different classes. I raised my hand. When the instructor called on me I laid it out: "if this, and this, and this, and this is True, doesn't that mean that we're producing a toxic product and selling it off as a health-food?" Never before or since have I seen an Asian man go completely white, but he did. You could see him processing the question for what seemed an eternity. Finally, his only answer was, "No-one has ever asked that question before." Though I appreciated his honesty, that did not satisfy me. So after class I marched over to the Environmental Toxicology Dept to search for a specialist in aquatic systems. I located and met with a doctor in charge of fish. I laid out the scenario again. "Okay," she said, "how would you test such a hypothesis?" "Easy" I said, "take a three year-old catfish from the Sacramento River, take a three year-old catfish from a fish farm; do a total body analysis; put your money on which one has more toxins; common-knowledge would say the one from the polluted river; I say the one from the fish-farm." She told me to give her the night to digest what I had just told her. When I came back the next day, she sat me down and said, "Okay, I agree with the proposed path that toxins could enter the food chain is a valid one; and I agree that your test of the hypothesis would be a valid test ... but do we really want to know?" Aghast, I knew what she meant. Conducting this test would've called into question the "animal husbandry revolution of the 1970's." Changes that virtually eliminated hunger and starvation across the globe. Being proposed was a threat that would decrease some lifespans. How can a few thousand extra cancers compare to millions starving?? This was a moral/ethical dilemma. I could not proceed with aquaculture. So I converted my masters to an MBA... something I didn't really "want", but suddenly all my plans were no longer morally viable. That was one fight that I avoided by changing the direction of my career. I did however plant seeds for others to pursue this line of inquiry. Whether that occurred, or whether there was a convergent evolution of ideas, my concerns back in 1985 were eventually vindicated by studies that eventually led to stories such as http://theforeigner.no/pages/news/toxic-norwegian-farmed-salmon-poisons-french-food-relations/

http://www.organicconsumers.org/Toxic/fish_farm_salmon.cfm

 

I graduated with the MBA at the worst possible time: the middle of the recession of the 1990's. No work. Out of desperation the only job I could find was substituting. Though I started in gang-land, I was a natural. The only problem was that I didn't have teaching credentials. However, administration could see I was doing a great job. So for the next three years I was assigned as the long-term sub for "Vacant." They couldn't hire me out-right, because of the lack of credential. I wasn't alone. In that school there were two other young teachers in the same situation. So, I convinced them to join with me to convince the SCUSD to adopt a bit of unused California legislation to become a credentialing body and give us certification. Needless-to-say, this was not easy & we made a lot of enemies who hated the idea of change. Eventually, we succeeded. I left California because of that success and the knowledge that those "enemies" would not give me peace. So I moved to New England where, during the campaign to change SCUSD, I learned had more liberal and creative ways for people to be credentialed based on merit/ability.

 

As I began to settle into my life in Boston, I made another big change. I decided to teach Physics, not my first love Biology. Why? Two reasons: First, because all Physics teachers I had ever met were more relaxed and happier than any other faculty members. Also, because I did love Biology, and having a disgruntled teenager voice their opinions on something you love is hard to bare. Although I wasn't a physics major, I was determined. I bought books and read. Eventually I took the MTEL, got a 92, and got my certificate. But I didn't stop there. I read all I could and applied to attend any and all Physics workshops that came my way. I was fortunate to receive an NSF grant to represent the United States at the HST2000 particle physics program at CERN http://teachers.web.cern.ch/teachers/hst/2000/people/paul.htm Another notable workshop series was in 2003 studying astrophysics at NASA's Goddard SFC. Probably the most pivotal of them all was an MIT (New England Science Teachers) lecture series.

 

During that series I attended a lecture entitled; "Frontiers of Physics" where the professor made an incredibly stupid comment as a segue, "Now that we know everything there is to know about the Higgs boson..." I raised my hand and asked, "Sir how can you refer to a particle with such certainty though it has never been detected nor has any trace of it been detected." He backpedaled and stammered and finally admitted my point. After the lecture I went to ask him about some of the consequences of Alan Guth's assertion that just after the Big Bang matter-antimatter weren't distributed evenly. To my surprise, this decorated inner-circle MIT professor had no idea what I was talking about. That was the beginning of the Dominium.

 

I went home to write a letter to educate him about things that he should have known about. Because of the complexity of the subject matter, I used an Aristotelian syllogistic framework. The syllogism mushroomed amazingly quickly. Soon I could see that it was going places that no-one had ever dreamed or considered. There was also an ominous conclusion: the absolute stability of black-hole material; juxtaposed to the soon to go online LHC machine that back in 2000 was suggested could create man's first synthetic black-hole. Because of this possibility I typed as fast as I could. The book that began in June 2007 was published and registered with the Library of Congress by January 2008. My apologies to anyone who read the book today. It was written for two divergent audiences with two different motivations: 1) to the scientific community, therefore the bare syllogisms to appease the requirements of mathematical/logic proofs; 2) to the lay person, so the narratives were put in common, not buzzword, English. Oh well.

 

Battles that occurred on the Scientific American community forum initially, and then later here on Hypography.com helped to hone and identify more and more areas of tangential evidentiary support for the Dominium model. I've made a summary of the refined steps of the first part of the model and posted it at http://knol.google.com/k/hasanuddin-hasanuddin/the-dominium-model-concise-version-big/2jtincqf6gddc/1#

The 2nd half of the model it visible here at hypography

 

 

The irony of my life’s path is that I have a feeling that there will be those who point at the eclectic and maverick diviations from the norm to assert that I could not contribute anything. However, it is the exact fact that my path was so different that caused me to pause and question assumptions (e.g., the all-matter-Universe, gravitational relationships, and an asymmetrical distribution of material) that the consensus had always glossed over as fact, where there has never been any corroborating evidence, only bandwagon acceptance.

 

We’ll see. Time will be the real judge. Increasingly there are experiments coming online that could supply evidence to prove (or disprove) the Dominium once and for all. Two that I know of are http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2009/14aug_ams/

and http://aegis.web.cern.ch/aegis/home.html Eventually, I believe, there could be others. Note to the reader: If you come across any other experiments in the works that would be testing Dominium assumptions, please use the Hypography email function (or post on one of the Dominium thread) to tell me. Hypography was instumental in hammering out some of the initial understandings of the Dominium Model, it is only fitting to track its progress here

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