I.

I grew up on a farm in rural Illinois. I was born to parents deeply dedicated to a longstanding Anabaptist faith, similar to Mennonite or Amish. I did not grow up with media. No TV, movies, or recorded music. I am the oldest of seven children. My parents are very intelligent people who have lived remarkably restricted lives. My brother David, the fourth oldest, is a theoretical physicist who works in quantum foundations.