My name is Dave Higgins. I am not a physicist or any other kind of scientist. In fact, I didn’t care much for science as a subject when I was in school many years ago. I was more interested in fields that addressed how people lived and how they made sense out of life – fields like the social sciences, philosophy, religion, psychology and literature.
But as the years went by, I gradually became aware of some fascinating new developments that were happening in modern science. And slowly (very slowly), it dawned on me that these developments had an immeasurable significance for our lives. That realization eventually led to my creating this site.
Now, as far as the particulars are concerned:
Born in New Jersey, I grew up in the Republic of Panama, where I had the opportunity to get some up-close exposure to the dynamics of US/Panama relations, most notably the anti-American riots in January, 1964. Those events eventually led to the renegotiation of the Panama Canal Treaty.
Having spent seven formative years in the tropics, my family moved to upstate New York, where I eventually attended Hobart & William Smith Colleges (HWS), a small liberal arts school in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.
My four years at HWS proved to be catalytic. While I had an interest in world events that had been sharpened by my years in Panama and a generational proximity to the Vietnam War, it was at HWS that I began to question what exactly it was I believed life was all about. My ensuing search for the answer to that question has followed many paths, eventually leading to the creation of this site. But the search itself started for me at HWS.
One of those many paths was photography. Since my senior year at HWS my photographs have appeared in shows around the US, and have been in featured exhibits in such diverse places as Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Quebec and New York City.
I worked for over 33 years for the State of New York, first assisting the unemployed for the Labor Department, then moving on to analyst jobs at the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Environmental Conservation.
I trained for 7 years in the martial art Aikido. I originally got into it to improve my conditioning and learn some techniques for self defense. However, I found Aikido’s focus on the power that comes from harmonizing with the energies that surround us to be useful in many facets of life outside the dojo.
Partly due to my years in Aikido, I have developed something of a passion for activities that bring together the mind, body and spirit in an outdoor setting. I’m an avid cyclist and skier, and have hiked extensively in the Adirondack mountains. I also like fostering life in the garden.
As I’ve grown more aware of the way our lives are interconnected, I’ve found several opportunities to channel this passion in ways that can benefit others. I’m a member of the Mad River Glen Cooperative, which owns and is working to preserve a very special, old-fashioned ski area during a period when most ski areas have become homogenized. In addition, since 1995 I’ve had the very rewarding opportunity to participate in the Pan-Massachusettes Challenge, a mega bikeathon that is “mega” in more then one way. A long-distance bike ride, it consists of over 7,000 cyclists who since 1981 have raised over $750 million dollars for the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Finally, once in a while I do something really crazy, like the Hotter ‘N Hell Hundred or the Farmer’s Daughter Gravel Grinder.