The Dr before my name arises because I have a PhD. I’m a Doctor of Philosophy which is a fancy way for saying I like to think a lot. Not being a medical doctor gives me the freedom to think of my own ways of doing things without being constrained by medical rules and dogma. My book Coronoia is a classic example; medical doctors are taught to use alcohol hand sanitisers so they kept doing it with Covid-19, even though with a bit of different thinking they would have realised how damaging the solvent vapours would be to people infected with the coronavirus. Something similar happens with EXeczema®.
How does a boy from the Australian outback become influential in global disease prevention? He relishes questions, ignores boundaries and believes HOW means WHO.
A child learns that asking Why? to three or four consecutive questions riles adults. It’s better to bide your time and ask on consecutive conversations or ask the next why of a different person.
Having a driving desire to ask why ten times presents a challenge and hones a special skill in finding a new WHO for each one. It generates diverse discussions with new trains of thought arising from every answer. Each WHO provides their perspective and wants to say what they know. When establishing what they have yet to learn becomes the prize, the questioner is free to go where he wants. To be more precise, he can’t go back which leaves the option of establishing a new path.
In time the man’s approach evolves to saying “I know the answer is out there. All I need do is find the question.”
Years of honing such a wandering mind creates an adult who is unemployable. The man learns he must do his own thing if he wants to find his next answer.
He learns the world contains many people who want to know the answer. Once the answer is available many want to hear of its evolution. They begin asking questions of the questioner. The person with new and interesting answers becomes a story teller.
The boy who loves new questions becomes to the man who shares new answers. He chooses whether each story has a sad or happy ending. Dr Harley readily admits he’s a hopeless romantic so happy endings prevail. Others who like the endings ask for more and the story teller develops an expectant audience.
Conveying a trusting audience on new and exciting journeys is a privilege which brings with it the chance to introduce a new message each time.