Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science degree from BYU in cartography and worked for several years in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) field as a programmer and spatial analyst at ESRI. She went on to earn a master’s degree in public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). She married cartography with public health by making a career out of mapping tobacco point-of-sale data and analyzing how place affects the many variables of tobacco retail. She has been the spatial analysis engine on scientific research teams at UNC-CH and the University of Michigan. Lisa has homeschooled her four children for the last nine years. The things she enjoys most are at-home days with her family, writing, baking, and she really wants to enjoy gardening but mostly she is a plant serial-killer.
If you look at the characteristics of the great philosophers and scientists throughout time, you see a pattern: they all exemplify a set of traits that led them to discover truth. Since all truth belongs to the same Great Whole, regardless of whether we think of it as religious truth or scientific truth, the process of arriving at it is the same.
In this class, I want to focus on how becoming a scientist is really about becoming comfortable—and even adept—at the process of finding and then communicating truth (often using the language of math). The characteristics of a philosopher-scientist can lead you to a deeper understanding of chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, scripture, the Plan of Salvation, repentance, charity, and so on. Incorporating these characteristics into our teaching, our homeschool, and our family culture is a powerful way to empower our children to seek after truth, to learn how the great thinkers throughout time arrived at truth, to accept failure as a step towards truth (repentance!), and to be autonomous thinkers and own the truths that they discover. This class is largely informed by several years of teaching the Pyramid Project LEMI course written by Tiffany Earl to upper middle-grade and high school-aged children.