About Me

I was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1987 with a Ph.D. in High Energy Particle Physics. I worked until 1995 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, first developing hardware and software to support a measurement of the mass of the electron neutrino, then as a lead scientist in the Environmental Protection Department. I relocated to Los Angeles in 1995, joining the Diagrammatic Programming Corporation, becoming Chief Technology Officer in 1999. After a brief stint back at LLNL in 2005 and 2006, during which the bulk of the Ever Deepening content was developed, I rejoined DPC in March of 2006.

My two sons, Kevin and Gregory, were born during my tenure with DPC. I am currently single, principally, I realize at this time, because my bond with Julia has been calling to me for many years. We've been doing work together a long, long, long time...

Religion

While the spiritual work I have been doing takes me to many institutions (Catholic, Methodist, Jewish, Islamic, non-denominational Christian - I've tried Wiccan, but nobody calls me back), I consider the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to be my spiritual home. The Unitarian and Universalist traditions have long roots, going back to 300 A.D. However, their recent merger (in 1975?) reflected a fundamental shift in emphasis.

As I can best explain it, Unitarian Universalists believe that there are people of good will in every religious tradition, and that we are going to have trouble until they learn to work together. The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism, adopted at the UU General Assembly in 1985 (?) codify ground rules for that negotiation. It is democratic, and therefore the process from the outside probably appears a little contradictory and disorganized.

However, I had a priest recently admit that it appears that the major world religions can no longer ignore each other, because they can no longer avoid contact. Unitarian Universalist bought into the goal 30 years ago, and it might be worth asking them how the experience is going.

Contact

I can be reached via e-mail at brian.balke@sbcglobal.net. I welcome constructive comments, suggestions and criticisms of the work presented here.

The initial web site did not include contact information, largely because I did not have anything further to offer on the subject. Of course, since its creation in 2005, I have continued to evolve the ideas here, particularly those concerning the relationship between science and spirituality. Thanks to the encouragement of Jo Carey at the Bodhi Tree Bookstore in Los Angeles, I have developed those insights into a presentation: "The Purposes of Love: An Introduction to the Physics of Morality". The talk is about 2 hours and 30 minutes in length, and has been well received by people from all walks of life. If you are interested in hosting an event, contact me at the e-mail above.

Contributions

As I make obvious in the presentation, much of the power that we possess is not tied to material things. In fact, the principal means used to create resistance to the work I am pursuing has been financial pressure. By ignoring that pressure, I have been able to focus on building structures and connections in the space of ideas.

Unfortunately, that also means that I have no clue, at this point in time, as to how to manage the financial problems of disseminating the ideas. I'm going to have to learn, because I've been told that paying something develops perception of value. Please don't let my clumsiness put you off.

Further Work

The presentation of the web site obviously leaves something to be desired. My focus is on conceptual esthetics, and I have lacked the energy and resources to develop a more elegant (less brutal?) coloring scheme. I'm looking for some open-source web site and graphics design solutions, and need to spend some time finding appropriate images. Perhaps the most important work to be done, however, is to complete the hyper-linking so that people can wander around in the ideas. I'll be returning to that work this summer.

The next step would be to get the presentation up on the web. I need some camera equipment - there are geometrical models involved - and a fair amount of text to go along with the bullet-points.

The last three years have also been full of experience in the space of dreaming. I've documented some of that through random letters to various spiritual leaders in the Conejo Valley. I've hesitated to publish much of them, because the scope of the experiences could distract people from the individual journeys that I am trying to encourage here.

One of the means I have used to create awareness of this work is to send out Christmas greetings. When the Smithsonian Special Issue "30 People Who Made a Difference" came out, I sent cards to everyone I could reach. The message was simple:

Hope is a connection to a future in which love is at work for us.

Of course, I mean that literally. If hope appears to get a little thin on the ground, I'll assemble some more of the history of our dreaming. Love is very, very, very powerful. Sometimes I find it to be incomprehensibly so. Give it a chance!