Appendix . Inspirations

Most folks won't care about what's on this page,
but I think that the story's worth telling.
The people here listed have helped shape the book.
Their bejeesical bits were compelling.

My mother and father
 were there from the start
and imparted to me  my first memes.
Scoutmaster Bill Davidson
 helped me tie knots
and set fire to my kindling dreams.

Doug Boyd
 and Ed Guffee were buddies of mine
with an int'rest in things that are old.
Together we dug up a lot of cool stuff
for the LE Museum to hold.

Magnus McBride
 and the Mystery School
showed me truth can be told with a lie.
Alain Nu
 and the Phoenix rose up from the ash;
even memetic children must die.

Paul Mueller
 supported the Caveman I-dea
when most everyone thought I was mad.
Mary Prevo
 de-Og-lified some of the text,
on account of the grammar was bad.

Five readers took time to set fire to the book;
Brian Goeckerman
 and Aaron Skeen,
Cory Jaques
 and Bruce Miller played Athanor well,
burning crap from the book with Ross Greene.

The Cavemen of H-SC taught me a lot
about what even slackers can do.
I've loved every minute I've spent with you guys.
I mean it—I wrote this for you.

And thanks to the "bots" (that's just Dunn-speak for cats),
who insisted on helping me out.
Some of their typing was prob'ly left in.
If you find it, just give me a shout.

And here's to my Sunshine, the light of my life,

who put up with my preoccupation.
I love you for helping me finish this thing.
Maybe now we can take a vacation.

Kevin Dunn is the Elliott Professor of Chemistry at Hampden-Sydney College, where he teaches the course which inspired this book. He holds a BS degree from the University of Chicago and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He appears on The Learning Channel's Mysteries of Magic and is co-author of a dozen journal articles in theoretical chemistry. He lives in central Virginia with his wife and several cats.

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