Before I jump into some planned topics, I thought it was important to tell you about me to the extent it helps you understand my thinking and conclusions:
After being raised in a small North Carolina town by two damned intelligent parents who sent me to Wake Forest University, where I met my wife (Valerie Coe Lowder, the editor of this stuff) I got a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Indiana University (1991). I worked as a research chemist in two multinational companies before becoming a patent agent, and ultimately a patent attorney. I got my law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law at night. I’ve practiced in state and federal court and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. I am standing on the shoulders of many giants, my wife and parents, and their ancestors. Not to mention the countless scientists and lawyers before and after me. I have plenty of friends who know biology well enough to correct my errors, and I call on them to set me straight if needed.
I view the world through the eyes of a chemist, a lawyer, and a Christian. It would be intellectually dishonest if I did not state that I call upon my Christian faith and the teachings of Jesus as I view the world. For those of you who would not take me seriously because of that apology, then I point you to my last blog post. More than anything, I try to practice mercy, particularly toward the most vulnerable and downtrodden, as Jesus has commanded, and to love one another, even as he loved us.
And that’s where I’m coming from as I blog. As I present facts and my interpretations, try to keep this in mind.
Pro Humanitate, y’all.
Happy Reading, Patrick Lowder