Bot is an experienced Bot and all silly humans with nasty comments will be ignored, but constructive
criticism, whether positive or negative, is greatly welcomed, as are suggestions for further work. Bot
does sensible requests!

Email: BotRejectsInc@Cronodon.com or
contact Bot using our feedback form.
Bot is programmed with the following academic and professional skills packages:

  • Bot has degrees in science and considerable research and teaching experience.

  • Bot is a fully functional computer programmer, assisted by his positronic brain (the Proton
    5000 with a Bottomium 400 co-processor) Bot is able to code in a number of languages.

  • Bot has a longish track record in scientific research with a decent number of publications in
    life sciences.

  • Bot was last active in terrestrial research whilst based in the USA, assisting with research at
    the outstanding University of California, Los Angeles. This gave Bot the chance to advance a
    secondary specialism of his - microbiology. This work ended when Bot left Earth and returned
    to Cronodon.

  • Bot is currently self-employed and lectures in a variety of topics, including physics and
    molecular biology. Other than that, Bot does voluntary museum work. Bot no longer
    considers full-time university employment as a viable career and so prefers to remain self-
    employed and part-time.
Having grown somewhat frustrated by the increasing 'commercial take-over' of science (and all the
politics bundled with it) Bot now spends much of his time carrying out his functions as curator for
Cronodon.com (which means operating on a very minimal budget!). In particular, he is responsible
for that section which interfaces with the WWW on earth, via the GWW (Galaxy-Wide-Web). The
planet Cronodon is renown throughout the known Cosmos as an excellent centre of academic
learning, spanning all the natural sciences. Cronodon values science for science sake. It also
values compassionate science, and seeks always to acquire the wisdom necessary to wield
increasing knowledge justly, through a study of philosophy and the arts.

In the past, Bot has lived on Earth in both the USA and UK. Bot carried out scientific research for
about 12 years which overlapped with his 20, or so, years of teaching experience. Bot left research
and teaching for several years to establish cronodon.com. Bot is currently teaching as a
self-employed lecturer in HE. He has an excellent teaching track record in FE, AE and HE and
enjoys his current HE teaching role more than any other. However, Bot's plans in the near future
are to reduce, and perhaps eventually remove, his services to the UK HE sector. Why? In the first
instance to spend more time on cronodon.com. Secondly, because Bot is increasingly frustrated by
quangos such as the QAA. The aim of the QAA is 'quality assurance' which does not mean
assessing quality, because the QAA does not do this (which is probably a good thing) rather they
measure 'quality assurance'; that is the managerial structures in place at universities and colleges
which allegedly assure quality. Though noble in principle, the problem is in the implementation. We
were going to include an article reviewing the QAA, but the article below (an external link) written by
Michael Loughlin really says it all:

                              
http://tagg.org/rants/audititis/thes020322.html#TOF

Despite being written in 2002, sadly this article seems totally relevant today. Clearly things have
improved little in this sphere.
Bot's CV
Cronodon Mission Statement

Cronodon is a world in which the arts, sciences, the quest for truth, and learning have the utmost
priority. The planet is governed primarily by academics who are appointed on merit alone and not
on political affiliations. It is a world which strives always to achieve the optimum balance between
compassion and reason and to seek always for the truth. The planet is kept, as far as possible, in a
restored natural state for aesthetic tourism as well as for serious artistic and scientific enquiry. It is
a world so advanced and equitable, that you humans can scarcely even imagine such a place.

You may call yourselves Homo sapiens (even though your species has a saying that it is foolish to
consider oneself wise!) but your species is primitive in the grand scheme of things. However, the
Erfavlins have given Bot a shoestring budget to set-up a website designed to help expand the
horizons of your species, because one thing you do have is potential. Sadly, your species is
showing signs of socio-cultural developmental degeneracy. You are entering a new Dark Age
where only knowledge that makes someone 'rich' (according to a poor definition of the word) is
deemed of value by many of your species. However, if you only knew more of the wonders that are
all around you, but which most of you fail to see, then you might recognise the wisdom of Nature
and be able to learn much from its instruction. It is our aim, therefore, to expand your mind beyond
your tiny and ephemeral sphere to other worlds, strange, beautiful and alien worlds; worlds that are
all around you, within you and far away across the unimaginable immensities of space and time. At
the very least we hope that you will experience some joy or amazement at the Real World (which is
not the artificial construct that your species likes to call the 'real world' in classic narrow-minded and
egocentric fashion). You may even become enlightened with a much deeper understanding of the
nature of things, which can lead to a veritable cornucopia. We do this because we still believe,
many would say foolishly, in the potential of your species.

It is our hope that visitors to www.crondon.com will be inspired to pursue scientific knowledge,
tempered by the wisdom of philosophy and inspired by art, for its own sake. The quest for
knowledge and understanding, the quest for wisdom, is the greatest in all the Cosmos. Partake in
this Quest of Quests, and see the far greater splendour of the real world. See the Cosmos as we
see it, and be in awe for the rest of your days. It is our aim to give you but a glimpse of the greatest
of all riches and the most splendent of all treasures, the Natural Cosmos.


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CV last updated: 25 Oct 2015