As a 12 year old, I remember doing a lot of reading of articles about the Human Soul, the Human mind, psychology, psychiatry, and the like. Most of these articles where available and read from the 1964 Edition of Collier’s Encyclopedia that my father bought for the family, with the intention of providing me and my five siblings an opportunity to learn by reading and to assist us with our academic life.
I however, was indeed the proverbial black sheep of the family, and in fact did not enjoy going to school as a young boy. I was very shy and introverted during my elementary school age years, but eventually blossomed into an extravert. While most of my brothers and sisters were busy obtaining straight As for the most part, I was content to ride my bike, throw a ball, work out, and more to the point, indulge in reading about the Human Soul, and other topics unusual for 5th through 11th graders such as UFO space alien abduction accounts and other pseudo-scientific topics.
I had developed a strong love of future Human space flight scenarios and eventually fell in love with physics. As a physicist, I am primarily interested in prospects for interstellar flight, although thinking and writing on the topic of Human nature especially with regard to Catholic notion of a spiritual and immortal Soul is a great joy for me.