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Corwin: Well, we're both in a Saturday night kind of mode of differing vices anyway.. I will say that I'm enjoying this discussion very much though.
Corwin: Meh... haven't planned my day for tomorrow... I'll play it by ear...
Today was such an uber nice day... nice weather... my wife and I took a road trip on my motorcycle and visited some family we don't see often... good vibe... I'm digesting a steak dinner, which seems to be making me impervious to vodka.
Corwin: Zereous hasn't been around for about 3 years now, but I kinda miss that guy. We had some pretty far-out discussions at times.
He was the product of the combination of having a very ambitious mind (not lacking in intelligence per say), but very little formal education, especially in regards to Science and Physics.
He had some wild ideas, but didn't understand that those ideas were either "impossible" or at the very least wildly impractical. But you gotta give him credit for "thinking outside the box".
The biggest obstacle he couldn't wrap his head around were the Laws of Thermodynamics. He focused on the fact that energy "can't be created nor destroyed", but didn't understand the Law of Entropy - the fact that energy only flows in "one direction" and eventually finds its way to the void (the same way that rivers don't flow uphill). He was constantly searching for that "Free Lunch" of "re-using" spent energy, which, according to those Laws, is impossible.
I was always patient with him, because frankly, I liked the guy. His eagerness to come up with new ideas and concepts was admirable, and I found myself attempting to be his "teacher" of sorts. It wasn't my intention of being mean by always "poo-pooing" on his ideas, but my mind is hard-wired to spot obvious Thermodynamics violations, and would point those out to him.
If he could have embraced the basics of conventional Physics, THEN he would have been equipped to color outside the lines... but he wasn't equipped with that knowledge, and he RESISTED those concepts... primarily because those pesky Laws were always what was standing in his way.
I think with a good helping of formal education, he could very well have been another Nikola Tesla (who was also a bit nutty, but brilliant).
I think I was just starting to reach him though, and then he disappeared... but wherever he is, I hope he's doing well.
A toast to the "Serious Eccentric".