I am an author, educator, and cognitive scientist. Some of my work has been praised by scholars and scientists such as Nobel Prize winner Harry Kroto, philosopher Daniel Dennett, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, author Martin Gardner, biologist Lynn Margulis, skeptic and author Michael Shermer, Douglas Hofstadter, and James Lovelock. A notable book I wrote is: The Invention of God, The Natural Origins of Mythology and Religion. I am currently working on another book, "How We Made Gods: On the Origins of Mythology, Spirituality, and Religion" as well as on a children's STEM fiction book, "Tommy Turtle Goes to the Rabbit School."
Harry Kroto invited me to present my models at the first international interdisciplinary conference on Carbon-60 in 1994. I also designed a modern-day Stonehenge, called SpaceHenge. I also wrote a paper explaining geodesic domes. I am an advisor to the Lifeboat Foundation. As a swimmer, I was ranked 25th in the world at age 16.
I am a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. One of my advisors at
the Air Force Academy was Roger
co-wrote the Dover classic book on Astrodynamics and who also inspired my interest in computer
science and AI. While at the Air Force Academy, I was named the Outstanding Graduate in both
I received a master's degree from Purdue in Industrial and Organizational Psychology specializing in Human Factors (Usability) Engineering.
My classmate at the Air Force Academy and at Purdue was Captain Sully Sullenberger.
In the Air Force I studied information overload on the pilots and gave a lecture at the Air Force Test Pilot School. However, I felt the Vietnam War was immoral, and I left the Air Force as a conscientious objector. I have since accepted the necessity for some defense and the protection of trade routes. From about 1977-1980 I was a staff member in the Church of Scientology, and an ordained minister, although I am no longer active in this church.
In the 1980's and 1990s, I taught ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged students as a teacher and substitute teacher in the inner city of Los Angeles, including South-Central LA and East LA, for over 20 years. Also in the 1990s, I used my computer programming skills to study highly composite numbers and I wrote a paper about them.
In the 2000s I taught at Otis College of Art and Design (Mathematics for Artists), at Los Angeles City College (Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Critical Thinking) at Johns Hopkins University, Center for Talented Youth (Cognitive Psychology), and at Columbia College Hollywood (Science for Film-Makers). Also in the 2000s, I developed a web robot to find jobs for substitute teachers.
In the 2010s I taught for 8 years at a national university in China, Xiamen University. I taught
Spoken English in the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures and was also associated with the
Systems Lab and the Multi-Media Lab. In my free time, I studied Chinese language, geography, history, and philosophy.
Including all my substitute teaching experience, I have taught
at 116 different schools, colleges and universities, in every grade from kindergarten through
colleges perhaps becoming one of the world's most experienced
My current interests are cognitive science, STEM education, and geopolitics.
More about Bill
Myself and the renowned philosopher
Daniel Dennett discussing my first book
in August, 2011, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dennett later invited
me to a newsgroup of scholars studying evolution and religion and posted that
" Lauritzen has some interesting ideas..."
Nobel Prize winner Sir Harry Kroto (left) and me, 1994.
Captain Sully Sullenberger and me at the AF Academy.
We were sent to Purdue to do our master's degrees in Human Engineering.
At the AF Academy.
I worked as a Human Factors Engineer (User Experience) for cockpit design in the Air Force.
Working in Hollywood.
Teaching math in the inner city of LA.
With author/scholar Martin
Gardner at Gardner's home in North Carolina.
Gardner praised several of my papers.
With Mamikon Mnatsakanian, astrophysicist and inventor of Visual Calculus.
Designing an ergonomic workstation.
Teaching in China at Xiamen University.
With Ben Goertzel, renowned AI researcher in Hong Kong.
Attending an AI conference in Prague, 2018.
Following are some comments by some of the world's leading scientists and scholars on my work: