Earth360.com contains the personal writings and designs of Bill
Lauritzen, an author, usability engineer, educator, performance artist, and visionary. Some
of his accomplishments include (photos are posted below the text):
Bill invented a
new number system.
He designed a modern-day Stonehenge, called
He wrote a paper explaining
the value of geodesic domes.
He also wrote a book about the natural origins of religion and mythology.
He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy in
Colorado Springs. One of his advisors at the Air Force Academy was Roger Bate
who co-wrote the Dover classic book on Astrodynamics and also
inspired Bill's interest in computer science and AI. While at the
Air Force Academy, Bill was named the Outstanding Graduate in both
Behavioral Sciences and Philosophy. Bill received a master's degree from
Purdue in Human Factors Engineering. His classmate at the Air Force
Academy and at Purdue was Captain Sully Sullenberger.
In the Air Force he designed jet cockpits as a usability engineer. He felt the Vietnam War was immoral, and he left the Air Force as a conscientious objector, or pacifist. However, he has since realized the necessity for military defense and the protection of trade routes.
From about 1977-1980 he was a staff member in the Church of Scientology, although he is no longer active in this church.
He taught ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged students as a teacher and substitute teacher in the inner city of Los Angeles, including South-Central LA and East LA, for over 20 years.
He has also taught at Otis College of Art and Design (mathematics for artists), at Los Angeles City College (introduction to psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, critical thinking) at Johns Hopkins University (Center for Talented Youth) (cognitive psychology), and at Columbia College Hollywood (science for film makers).
Bill also taught for 8 years at a national university in China, Xiamen University. He primarily taught Spoken English in the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, and he was also associated the Brain-Like Intelligence Systems Lab and the Multi-Media Lab.
Including all his substitute teaching experience, he has taught at about 116 different schools, colleges and universities, in every grade from kindergarten through college, making him one of the world's most experienced educators.
In the 1990s, Bill used his computer programming skills to study highly composite numbers and wrote a paper about them. In the 2000s, Bill was one of the first people to develop a web robot to find jobs for substitute teachers.
Since 2010, his main interests have been education, human factors engineering, economics, geopolitics, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence.
He is also an advisor to the Lifeboat Foundation, a group of scientists and scholars who study issues related to humanity's survival.
His hobby is swimming, and he sometimes competes in ocean swimming or gives swimming lessons. He was ranked by Swim Magazine in the Top Ten in the World in master's swimming. More about Bill
Bill and the renowned philosopher Daniel Dennett discussing my first book in August, 2011, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He said I had, "some interesting ideas."
Nobel Prize winner Sir Harry Kroto and Bill, 1994.
Captain Sully Sullenberger and Bill Lauritzen at the AF Academy just before they were sent to Purdue to finish their master's degrees.
Bill at the AF Academy.
Bill worked as a Human Performance Engineer (UX) for cockpit design in the Air Force, gave a lecture to the Air Force Test Pilot School, and studied information overload in the cockpit.
Bill working in Hollywood.
Bill teaching math in the inner city of LA.
Bill and author/scholar Martin Gardner at his home in North Carolina.
Mamikon Mnatsakanian, astrophysicist and inventor of Visual Calculus having coffee near CalTech with Bill.