I realized just now that I spend a lot of time answering questions over email from readers of the blog, friends, readers of articles I’ve written, audiences of events I’ve appeared at, family, people I’ve met on the bus, on the subway, or in a bar, people who’ve seen me on one TV show or another, dates, former dates, colleagues, people I’m consulting for on a TV show or a movie, people in prison, artist or writer friends trying to get insight in to a scientist’s view of a particular issue or idea… and so on and so forth.
I usually send off an email response that reflects what I’m thinking at the time, that may be long or short and that may or may not be my definitive answer on some matter or other, but is at least a response that may be helpful to the person who wrote in.
I think that it might be worth occasionally posting the questions and answers here. Sometimes my answers (or the questions) are longer and maybe more interesting than my blog posts of the day, so why not? I won’t attribute the question to anyone (unless I know it is ok in advance), and I certainly don’t intend to post everything here (believe me, I’ve had some that I definitely would not post!!) , but just what I feel in the mood to do. This may at least help share my thoughts on things I get asked frequently that might be of interest to others who have the same question. Sometimes you might find that you want to agree or disagree with my answer, or simply add your own view or a piece of information or link or other tidbit. This might enrich the whole process. Go right ahead in the comments, where the usual commenting rules of the blog (such as no gratuitous long posts on, or links to, charming pet homegrown hobby-enthusiast theories of the universe that will just confuse the general reader) apply. (Yes, I decide what fits into that category. It is my blog.)
This deserves a new category (“mailbox”) and I will try to put all of the posts under it, in addition to other categories they fit into.
Let’s see how it goes.