DEATH BY COSMOS FAQ:
1. Are you an astronomer?
Nope, not at all. I only have a Bachelor of Arts, double-major in Philosophy and English Literature. I'm interested in taking a philosophical view of science, technology, ethics, existential risks, and the future of humanity.
Existential Risk, Philosophy of Technology, and Applied Ethics.
2. What's your educational background?
I completed high school. Then I played video games for four years while working in a warehouse. Then I returned to school to earn a double-major in Philosophy and English. Afterwards, I taught English as a Second Language (ESL) abroad. Now I'm back in my hometown of Victoria, BC, working full-time for the Provincial Government while working on Death By Cosmos part-time.
3. What's the point of this website?
Two primary points: a) I want to write professionally, and b) I want to become an expert in a field. That field in particular is the History and Philosophy of Science - and all things pertaining to Science Communications/Journalism, Science Policymaking, and Science Education.
For more about the goals of Death by Cosmos in particular, read this.
4. Do you write for any professional publications?
Not yet, but that's one of the goals of this website. Practice makes perfect.
5. Why do you think you're an authority? You're not qualified.
No, I'm not - and I don't think anyone really is. I'm a commentator. I read, I think, I respond. Don't take anything I say on this website as fact - if any of the ideas presented here are of interest to you, research them yourself and form your own opinions.
I'm into philosophy of science.
Why do I use 'we' when talking about spaceflight and NASA?
Because I support all space things. To me, SpaceX activites are something 'we' are doing as a species, regardless of whether or not it's just one company at the helm. I consider myself a global citizen first, Canadian second. I want everyone to succeed. Nationalism is a weird thing. Though I do suppose that's unfair because I say 'we' when refering to positive things but 'they' when referring to negative things, like warfare, genocide, and terrorist attacks. That's definitely a topic to explore in af uture blog post.