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Topic: Burt Webb's new blog

From: Burt Webb
Location: Seattle, WA
Date: 09/09/2007

I usually try to tailor my conversation to the interests of my audience. The problem with starting this blog is that I don't know who my audience will be. When I was invited to create this blog, I asked what I should write about. The response was that I should just write about what interests me. That covers a lot of territory.

The first question that had to be answered was what the title should be. I finally settled on the Nexilist's Notebook. The word "nexilist" is derived from "nexialist", a neologism coined by a science fiction author named A.E. Van Vogt in 1950 novel called "The Voyage of the Space Beagle". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Voyage_of_the_Space_Beagle

He defined nexialist as "One skilled in the science of joining together in an orderly fashion the knowledge of one field of learning with that of other fields". I changed the spelling because 1) I think his spelling is awkward, 2) I think my spelling is a better use of the root nexus with the usual "ist" ending of a practitioner such as "chem-ist", 3) Nexialist was already in wide use and the domain names were taken.

I have been interested in interdisciplinary studies since I was a kid. So this blog will cover a wide variety of subjects including how everything is connected. Politics, society, psychology, technology, religion, myth, dreams, the arts, and winning at the game of life. Welcome to my blog.

www.nexilist.com

Burt Webb

Re: Burt Webb's new blog

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/18/2007

Hello, Burt! having blogged together on panels at conventions--or is that "clogging"?--I'm sure this will be interesting and fun.

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