David E. Cortesi

David Cortesi was a programmer with IBM in the years before computers were personal. With the personal computer revolution he became a free-lance writer and magazine columnist, producing several well-regarded books including Inside CP/M and The Essential OS/2 Handbook. Returnng to salaried employment, he contributed to a number of technical manuals for companies such as Infomix, Novell, and Silicon Graphics (where he wrote the IRIX Device Driver Programmer's Guide).

After retiring from daily work, he looked for a way to apply the skills he'd honed as a technical writer - skills of gathering complex information and organizing it for clear presentation - but to apply them to subjects that are less ephemeral than computer software. Secular Wholeness is the first result of this effort.


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Dostoevsky Didn’t Say It

David Cortesi offers up the results of his research into whether or not Fydor Dostoevsky, in his brilliant novel The Brothers Karamazov, actually wrote the words: “If God does not exist, everything is permitted.” Cortesi challenges the widely-propagated myth further by questioning the relevancy of attributing such a statement to the author regardless if it is, indeed, an accurate description of the belief espoused by one of the fictional characters in his novel.