This website is dedicated to a certain lifestyle of mind. I call it intellectual buccaneering. I call myself a buccaneer-scholar.
Just as the original buccaneers would not submit to authority in their pursuit of worldly riches, neither do us modern buccaneers yoke ourselves to authority in the pursuit of a rich education. We construct truth and meaning for ourselves.
I teach, speak, and write about thinking and learning. I help people make use of intellectual resources that they didn't know they had, and banish feelings of "I'm not smart enough." Traditional schooling alienates us from our own personal methods and rhythms of learning. I help people reclaim them, and in so doing find the confidence to tackle difficult problems and complex new skills.
I am the second son of author Richard Bach. I've been on my own since 14. I quit school at 16. I taught myself computing, and became a software testing expert.
I have made my way among educated people as an educated man, but I have shunned institutional education. I developed methods of teaching myself what I need and want to know. So can you.
I've done all this while suffering from a mild disability: I have almost none of what my teachers used to call "self-discipline." Instead of discipline, I am driven by passion. Now that I'm in my forties, I want to share what I've learned about learning.
I also like to play chess (though, I'm not yet very good). Challenge me to a game on chess.com. My user name is "satisfice".