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In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.

Carl Sagan 1987 CSICOP keynote address

About Me

Leon Matthews, Summarised!

It's a difficult task, summing up a person in a page — especially if that person happens to be you! I'll just restrict myself to some very bare facts...

The fair islands I call home - Click for a recent photo

I live in Auckland, New Zealand. It's a city which spans the entire width of the country (by the tip of the arrow). It's the biggest city in the country by far — although there are only a million of so of us here. New Zealand is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, so unless you actually live here (or in Australia), you and I are a long way away from each other.

My interests include breathing and thinking. I'm a Pisces, born in the Chinese year of the Dragon. My personality type is INTP (the same as Darwin & Einstein incidentally, but I don't let it go to my head...). I have brown hair, blue eyes, and am fairly tall. I truely am one in 7,513,431,829.

But seriously Folks! A website is no place for such banalities... What then should I tell you?

A short history? After school I flew to Honduras to live as an exchange student for a year. I studied science (genetics, spanish, maths & computing) at University upon my return. I then got myself into the IT industry, which culminated in my starting my own programming/website business a couple of years ago.

I do not often think of myself as a programmer. This may seem strange, given my congruent job and hobbies, but my real passion (and I hope, talent) lies in understanding things: how they work (or maybe I'm just scared people will think I'm a geek if I introduce myself as a computer programmer!). Programming is just a way of expressing that understanding in a very concrete and formal way.

You only can program a computer system if you understand your problem completely — in fact, the very process of trying to express your problem in computer code is often the best way of testing and further developing your original understanding of the problem!

I feel strongly about the Internet as an open communication medium. A giant interactive global library. I oppose the commercialisation of knowledge, and support such endeavours as the Gutenberg project.