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Retired Professor Emeritus of Engineering John Ong spoke with Writers’ Voices almost ten years ago about his paper, “How to Look Across the Room.” In this paper, John tries to answer a question that occurred to him about 25 years prior, “how is it that I see?” He explored the subject thoroughly so that he could write about it in a coherent way, in an academic format, but from a spiritual perspective. John put looking along with seeing, listening along with hearing, and feeling along with touching. He says, “I tried to put the “I” into science.”

John’s wisdom and humor are obvious in this interview, which we are rebroadcasting this week in honor of his passing.

This paper is a culmination of 25 years of thinking about this subject. I tried to give the subject a scientific slant – there’s a style and there’s a procedure and there’s an ethos to writing an academic paper.

If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.

Alan K. Simpson


Monica Hadley is co-founder, host and producer of Writers' Voices on KRUU 100.1 fm in Fairfield, Iowa, a community low power radio station, and webmaster at

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