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Ransom Stephens

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I am Ransom Stephens. I'm a novelist, physicist, and technologist as well as a beer-swilling Raider fan, a father, a forest and beach wanderer, and a friend of dogs. I spent 15 years doing particle physics research at some of the big labs including Fermilab, CERN, SLAC, and Cornell, including several years as a professor of physics at the University of Texas at Arlington. I gave up my tenured gig to become the Director of Advanced Technology at a wireless web startup. And now balance my work as a novelist with high tech consulting and live in Petaluma, California, where I can see the little mountain where I grew up.

My latest Book, Too Rich to Die was inspired by one of my favorite old stories: Dickens' A Christmas Carol: Scrooge’s redemptio
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Ransom Stephens The idea for The Sensory Deception came from a newspaper article: "A polar bear that swam more than 200 miles in near-freezing waters to reach Iceland…moreThe idea for The Sensory Deception came from a newspaper article: "A polar bear that swam more than 200 miles in near-freezing waters to reach Iceland was shot on arrival."
I started wondering: what if people could experience the struggles of endangered animals? Would it alter their perspective? Change their politics?
Then I got the idea for "sensory saturation." The concept of sensory saturation comes from something we've all experienced: panic. When you're in an emergency situation, your awareness focuses on right now; no more than a second ahead or behind. If we could keep the here and now but remove the panic, you'd find yourself in the state of mind of intelligent nonlinguistic animals. Mammals and birds make decisions based on past experience, but they don't have the processing power to contemplate or reflect on those experiences. Sensory saturation is a threshold beyond which the brain is so overwhelmed by sensory data that it switches gears from reflective thinking to the immediate process-and-response that animals experience.
Once my research confirmed the validity of sensory saturation, sensory deception was kind of obvious. From there, it was just daydreaming up a Farley Mowat-like protagonist and a Heath Ledger's Joker-like antagonist and the plot sort of took on its own.(less)
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Proof that Kneeling for the Anthem is Patriotic

America is built on ideals. Athletes who kneel during the national anthem are performing their patriotic duty as enshrined in:

The US ConstitutionThe Pledge of AllegianceThe National Anthem

In the following, I will prove, beyond reasonable doubt, that kneeling for the flag is patriotic.

Yes, proof, Quod Erat Demonstrandem

Just as the three laws of thermodynamics begin with a zeroth law to set the stag

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“Love is a verb. When it becomes a noun, it's over."

from "The God Patent" by Ransom Stephens”
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“men who identified with flags more than they did with the people they led had a proclivity for failure, and failure meant death. Sometimes it meant genocide.”
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“if you love something, let it go; if it doesn’t come back, then simulate it in software.”
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