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Hi I'm Scott Stornetta

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I suppose I am very work oriented. I have done a number of things over the years. I got a Ph.D. from Stanford in physics, then worked in research, where I was interested in cognitive science and cryptography. That led to a couple of startup companies, as well as consulting for universities on creating startup companies. I thought I'd enjoy the business side of things more, but I was wrong. Now I'm back on the research side, in education and learning. I'm interested in the cognitive science of learning math better, and in lowering the workload forl k-12 teachers.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager, I was both drawn to religion, and yet very skeptical of what I saw. Things seemed so very different from what was described in the New Testament, just a different world. A friend gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon. It didn't take long reading it before I had an experience that changed things for me. And that, to echo Robert Frost, has made all the difference.

How I live my faith

The older I get, the less inclined I am to judge others. Your personal feelings about spiritual matters in particular, that is sacred ground, and I wouldn't want to intrude on it. That said, there is something I'd like you to consider. There is an interesting phenomenon surrounding the Book of Mormon. As far as I can tell, for most people who read it, it's nothing unusual. Yet for about 5-10% of people, it has a startling effect on their lives. And there doesn't seem to be any way to predict which group one is in short of reading it. So, given that there is little downside to testing this out, why not find out whether you're in the 5% or the 95% by trying to read the Book of Mormon? Then again, curiosity killed the cat . . . ;-) In other news, I'm grateful for what I have learned about family, as being close to people is not my strong suit. Being married, having children, trying to be helpful to my wife and children -- that's very rewarding for me, though I'm not particularly good at it. I enjoy the sense of belonging, working for the long-term, making the world a better place.