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Fall 2017 Newsletter

How Well Do You Know Your Key People?   by Kevin Turner

Social conditioning shapes our personality and subsequent behavior. This fact is never more clearly demonstrated than through an interesting gentleman. Plagued by various illnesses most of his childhood, it was an achievement just to survive into his adult years. The illnesses forced him to grow up in isolation. This set of circumstances produced an introverted scholar who found his mind fascinated by the world around him; because of all that goes along with most introverts (cerebral vs. social, thinker vs. talker, specialist vs. generalist, etc.). Coupled with an extremely strong work ethic, his fascination led to several unique realizations and discoveries about how our world works. However, as great as his discoveries were, because of a concern for how other people might react to his work (characteristic of introverts), he put off publishing any of his realizations and discoveries.

Well, it's a good thing to have friends. Good friends pull out the best in us and so it was with our story's central character. One of his friends just happened to be a man by the name of Edmond Halley. Now if Edmond sounds unfamiliar to you, you might connect with him once you hear what made Edmond famous: the discovery of a comet that periodically flew so close to the earth that it terrified earth's population into believing the world was ending. That comet, once its properties were understood by Edmond and subsequently explained to the masses, became known as Halley's Comet.

It took a tremendous effort on Halley's part to get his friend, our central character, to publish his work. But he finally did...

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